If you had to hit a golf shot with Tiger Woods watching, how do you think you’d do? A chunk? Cold top? Ugly shank?
That wasn’t the case for 11-year-old Taylor Crozier. Crozier, through the South Texas section of the PGA of America, earned the right to hit the first tee shot on The Playground at Bluejack National, the Houston-area club whose redesign Woods created and oversaw. The Playground is a 10-hole, family-oriented short course with par-3 holes ranging in length from 53-102 yards.
Crozier, who was billed as having a perfect school attendance record until Wednesday, christened the course on the 81-yard first hole, hitting a great tee shot which hit left of the green, rolling down toward the hole and in the cup for an astounding ace that drove the good-sized crowd into a frenzy. As Crozier was high-fiving anyone around him, Woods came up and gave him a big hug to congratulate the junior for the feat.
Then? It was Woods’ turn. Woods was playfully incredulous that he had to follow Crozier’s opening act. Woods dropped a ball, swung his putter and tried to match Crozier. No dice.
How’s that for a first (only?) day of hooky?