Williams World Challenge: Pictures from the Pro-Am
by Richard Linde,
13 December 2001
It was autograph and picture day at the Williams World
Challenge, hosted by the Tiger Woods foundation and played at the Sherwood
Country Club in Ventura County, California. The tournament is presented by
The event features a field of 16 elite PGA tour
players--the top eleven from the Official World Golf Ranking.
Most of the professional golfers were quite willing to
sign autographs and pose for pictures after finishing a hole. One pro was
assigned to each fivesome, which included four amateur partners. Playing in
a two-best-ball format, each golfer would hit a drive and then use the
best drive of the bunch as a starting point on the fairway. The professional's
drive could be used once during a nine.
The start of play was delayed one hour by frost, the
overnight low dipping into the twenties. By noon, the temperature climbed into
the high sixties, and we began to unpeel our layers of clothing. The weather
was clear, cool and the air was mostly still.
As usual, Seattle's Fred Couples was one of the more
affable players, quite willing to pose for pictures and sign autographs.
Freddie lives in Santa Barbara, which is about 65 miles north of Sherwood,
along the 101 Freeway.
Security was tight, as it should be. We were scanned by a
metal detector before entering the golf course. The scanner was so sensitive
that it detected a stick of gum in my pocket, the foil triggering the sensor.
The pictures below were taken at the pro-am event. Click on
the thumbnail to enlarge the picture.