You just can’t make this stuff up.
While Tiger Woods continues to recover from his latest injury setback — and he insists he’s still some time away from considering joining the golf convalescence home that is the PGA Tour — he has continued to design golf courses. His latest is a 10-hole mini-course in a community outside Houston called Bluejack National. The course, playfully dubbed “The Playgrounds”, is intended to inspire family golfing and a less time intensive experience; it’s geared for the kids.
With a nod in that direction, Woods kicked off the rounds at The Playground by playing a three-some with two young whippersnappers: An 11-year-old boy named Taylor Crozier and a young girl named Ceci Lococo. Crozier teed off first, and wouldn’t you know that he would hit the shot of his life.
Crozier lofted a perfect iron shot on the 81-yard par 3 to just a few feet of the pin, where it hit a friendly roll and slipped right into the cup. That’s an ace on the first shot in course history, and Crozier, Woods and the entire assembled crowd were quite understandably a bit excited:
That’s Crozier getting a bear hug from Woods, back trouble be damned. Considering the fact that Crozier traveled roughly four hours each way from Corpus Christi to play in the course’s maiden round, we’d say he deserved it.
We’d also say it was worth the drive, and that’s even before the round was one. At the end of the 10 holes, Crozier carded a 32, as did his youthful round companion Lecoco. Woods? He shot a 35.
That’s some day for an 11-year-old.