Tiger Woods is gearing up for an unknown trip as he hunts for the 16th major championship in the PGA Championship this week against the surreal backdrop of a desert course at TPC Harding Park.
Throughout his career, the 44-year-old former World No. 1 has become accustomed to roaring galleries after his every shot, giving Woods a recurring energy shock.
Yet this week’s PGA Championship in San Francisco will be different.
The sanctions imposed due to COVID-19 are the first major fan-free, silent case in 2020.
Woods quickly tasted his changed climate at a press conference on Tuesday. Although a spokesman for the journalists had previously attended, only a handful of journalists attended on Tuesday.
“Well, I don’t know,” Woods asked how the lack of fans would affect his chances.
“I do not know anyone in our generation who has played in a major championship without fans. It’s very different.
“But it’s still a major championship. It’s still the best player in the world. It means we’ll all go into it, so there’s a lot of energy from the competition side.”
“But the power outside the ropes is unknown. And I hope I can be in a position to experience that feeling. The fans seem to be absent and the chance of winning comes down to stretching.”
Former Woods caddy New Woodsender Steve Williams was also among those who proved that the fan shortage was a hindrance