My front row seat to the greatest comeback in history

Where would you rank Tiger’s 80th win? Maybe his best ever? We probably won’t be able to accurately place it until years from now, until his career is over — but what I do know now, is that I’ll never forget standing on that balcony of the East Lake clubhouse watching the sea of fans and Tiger storm 18.

By the end of Thursday’s Round 1, after he had drained that thrilling eagle putt to finish – you could just tell something special was about to unfold that week. I was lucky enough to speak to him after his round and he was just so jovial in his answers – it was the happiest I’d seen him in this comeback, and let me tell you, this has been the chapter of ‘Happy Tiger.’

Fast forward to Sunday evening, the chaos of the tournament wrapping up was buzzing all around me. With my PGA TOUR LIVE headset on, I was listening to the broadcast, working with the producer in my ear and fighting through the throngs of people to do my last live segment on the engraver of the FedExCup. Justin Rose had just won it and I wasn’t going to be able to get an interview with him before our broadcast ended, so there was nothing left to do but be a fan – myself and the other players in the field, included.

So I stood on the balcony of the clubhouse with my photographer – hoping to get a few final fan shots as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy played the last hole of the tournament. And boy did we get some incredible footage!

What happened next none of us were prepared for, but we all stood there in awe. Having a bird’s eye view of everything that unfolded, all of us — media, players, employees — turned into fans. Myself, the remaining players and their families – we all couldn’t help but get our phones out and capture the sea of people rush the 18th fairway and engulf Tiger and Rory as they made their way to the green. Even Billy Horschel, who had just played his way into 2nd place, trailing Tiger by 2-shots, had his phone out to capture the unforgettable moment.

We were all silent, none of us could form the words to express what we saw. ‘Wow’ is pretty much all that was said in that five-minute span.

I know that fans have rushed the course like that in the past for Arnold Palmer and made it sort of a tradition to do so at The Open – but this was definitely like nothing I’ve ever seen in person and I’ve covered World Series, the NCAA Tournament, Bowl Games, several college basketball and football games where fans have stormed the court/field and other big-time events.

The way that Tiger parted the sea of fans. The way the people were attracted to him like a magnet, wanting to get as close as they could to greatness. It was like a movie and you couldn’t help but realize you were in the middle of the greatest comeback story of all time. Win No. 80.

I’m sure the predictions of what Tiger can achieve (especially in another, more-quaint Georgia town) or what records he could break from here on out will swirl in the coming days, months and new 2018-19 season – and we have yet to see what he will do next – but there’s no doubt in my mind, that day will be one of the biggest chapters of all.

His story is far from over, he’s shown us, but it most certainly broke wide open that Sunday evening at East Lake.

Now it’s off to the Ryder Cup for our honeymoon! Follow our Paris & Italy adventure on Instagram!

About Teryn Gregson

Teryn Gregson (formerly Schaefer) is an award-winning journalist, golf presenter, on-camera host, wife and blogger. Connecting with golf fans world-wide, Teryn is best known for her role as a broadcaster for the PGA TOUR.

2 Comments

  1. Dany on September 24, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Great stuff, Teryn!! Thanks for all your amazing work all year!! See ya next season.



  2. Teryn Gregson on October 7, 2018 at 10:10 am

    The new season has already begun! I’ll still be in-studio all fall bringing you The Takeaway and Good, Bad & Unusual 😉



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