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Tiger Woods Calls Philly Sports Fans ‘Incredible’

Jun 11, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT


Sergio Garcia could probably learn a thing or two from Tiger Woods – like how to win a major, or how to stroke the egos of Philly fans. Woods successfully touted Philadelphia as a great city for sports, and he managed to do so without so much as one mention of Santa Claus.

You may recall we asked whether or not Philly fans at Merion would boo Garcia, because apparently we are savages for booing Santa. You know, like almost 50 years ago. Thankfully, Woods avoided such trite narratives about the people of this fair city by showing a little grace.

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Q.  Philly is known as a passionate sports town.  You played in New York and you had your event here.  Is there a special passion when you play in the northeast?

TIGER WOODS:  Absolutely.  This is one of the great sporting towns in the country.  They’re passionate about all sports.  We had our event at Aronimink [in 2011], and it was unbelievable.  The fans were incredible.  It was electric.  And I think this week will be the same thing.

This is our U.S. Open and I don’t think it’s going to be ‑‑ obviously not as many people as it was at Bethpage, but I think it will be just as loud and just as electric, even though they’re not going to be bracketing every hole on both sides, obviously you can’t get there.  But I’m sure we’ll hear them.

Loud and passionate, with nary a sign of St. Nick – was that too much to ask? Woods has nothing but love for the Philly fans.

Correction: a previous version of this post attributed a quote about booing Santa Claus to Sergio Garcia. It was ESPN’s Andy North. We apologize for the error.

Previously: Is Merion Set Up for Tiger to Break His Five-Year Drought in Majors?

  1. Fitz - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    People know Santa Claus doesn’t exist, right?

    • willh888 - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM


  2. Pete D - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Good for Tiger, I’ll be cheering for him regardless.

    At this point I think the only thing more tired than outsiders mentioning the Santa Claus thing is our faux-outrage at them when they mention it. Lets “get over” the fact that others can’t “get over” something that happened 50 years ago.

    Personally I’m happy that the whole incident took place and lives on til this day. Mr. Claus deserved it then, and if it gives douches like Sergio second thought when playing here because he thinks we’re animals who boo Santa, then good. Let him think that.

    • vinnie D - Jun 12, 2013 at 6:48 AM

      Actually Pete, I like to Santa Claus story… takes all the attention away from the times when philly fans put people into comas for wearing another teams shirt.
      Truthfully, I am also tired of hearing about Santa Claus….what people forget is that Santa deserved it! He was probably from Dallas. I love being a Philly fan….Weather I go to Boston, Baltimore, or Miami, I wear my Phillies stuff. If people want to believe bs about Philly (and Santa helps to reiterate that) than let them think what they think.

  3. Simmonds17 - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Nice comments and all, but honestly, Tiger Woods could play Thursday’s round in a Flyers jersey, Friday’s in an Eagles jersey, Saturday’s in a Sixers jersey and Sunday’s in a Phillies jersey, and I still wouldn’t root for him.

    But I’m glad he’s coming in with class. I did not know about the Sergio Garcia comments – wasn’t aware they got the Washington Post sports section in Spain. I won’t be rooting for him either.

  4. Matt Risi - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Tiger is right. We are the best fans in the country!Come to the Linc for the EAGLES vs the Giants or Cowboys. It rocks!!

  5. psudrozz - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    and, like tiger woods, the fans of this town have a thing for cheap floozies.

  6. Tim TeBag - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    They can’t even print what this”Philly Sports Fan” calls Tiger!!

  7. Mrs. Claus - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Andy North made the Santa Claus comment.


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