Tiger praises hard-bitten fans

KOHLER (Wisconsin) • Whistling Straits will have extra bite for players at this week's PGA Championship, and not just because of the 1,000-plus bunkers.

An added challenge is the abundance of mosquitoes.

"I've never seen mosquitoes like this, like they have here," former world No. 1 Tiger Woods said on Tuesday. "I live in Florida and we go out in the evenings and you may get bitten, but here you get eaten alive."

Woods, whose world ranking has plummeted to 278th as he continues to work through the latest swing change after recovering from back surgery, said the fans at Whistling Straits were even more susceptible to the mosquitoes.

"Everywhere you walk, there are mosquitoes, and especially for the gallery," the 14-time Major winner said. "We're walking down the fairways where it's not so bad but the galleries are kicking up the long stuff (grass) where all the mosquitoes are.

"They (the fans) are tough. You guys are pretty hearty up here (in Wisconsin)."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2015, with the headline 'Tiger praises hard-bitten fans'. Print Edition | Subscribe