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May 31, 2013

Assistant pro star-struck during Tiger's Merion visit

Posted at 6:14 PM by Coleman McDowell | Categories: Tiger Woods

169708160Even Tiger Woods needs a little help sometimes.

In preparation for 117th U.S. Open in two weeks, Tiger stopped by Merion on his way to Ohio for the Memorial to scout out the course he had never played before.

Assistant golf pro Sean Palmer was his tour guide for his time on the grounds during quiet round on Tuesday, according to The Morning Call.

As you would expect from a 28-year-old in the golf industry who got an entire day squiring around Tiger Woods, Palmer was star-struck and offered some good sound bites on his experiences with the game's best player.

"I'm walking down the fairway thinking, 'Am I really talking to Tiger Woods?'"

"I would have walked in two feet of snow."

"Like Ben Hogan [who won the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion], he turned around at the greens to look at the hole and how to play it. He studied the layout of the course and asked some detailed questions about the wind, the fairway shifts, the grain of the greens. He thought the par 3s were incredibly tough. Overall, I think he had a positive outlook."

"Pretty exciting for me, I won't lie."

"I said, 'I go to the Masters as well. I sell shirts in the golf shop while you're playing golf.' He laughed. It really was something that I'll never forget."

There can't be a better way to start a story to your friends than, "Remember that one time I made Tiger laugh when I spent the day on the golf course with him?"

(Photo: Getty)


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