(From NBC Sports)
So many people surrounded the first tee that it was hard to see who was playing. The gallery stretched down the entire length of the 461-yard opening hole and wrapped around the back of the green on a sun-baked Sunday at Bay Hill.
Now on the tee, Tiger Woods.
He was in a tie for 29th. He was 10 shots out of the lead, no serious threat to win.
About four hours later, the final group of Martin Laird and Spencer Levin approached the fifth green with under 100 fans tagging along.
This is nothing new.
A few weeks earlier at Doral, the PGA Tour decided to group players based on their world ranking. Someone estimated the gallery at 85 people for the “Big Three” of Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald. On the other side of the course, there were too many fans to count in the group of players ranked 4-5-6 — Graeme McDowell, Woods and Phil Mickelson.
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