This slipped under the radar, but on Tuesday evening, Golf Channel looped video of a manic Oak Hill crowd trying to get a Tiger Woods autograph -- giving autographs seems to be a dangerous practice these days. When I first casually glanced at the sequence, it looked like Woods gave the group a pump fake, walking over to stir things up and then leaving while laughing and pointing his finger at all the crushed hopes and despair left behind. But no, Tiger was dodging a barricade that was quickly coming down thanks to the stampeding mass (via Weston Happ):
Maybe the best part is how not a thought was given to possibly re-positioning and signing once the fence was righted. Just a "noooope" and then an instant pivot to, "Yeah, we're done here."
On Tuesday, Hank Gola of the New York Daily News added that another young girl was nearly crushed in the rush to get Tiger to sign something. Woods addressed the scary scene:
"She was just on the ground crying," he told reporters. "People get so aggressive for autographs. And security is trying to be aggressive to protect the little kids up front. You try and sign, but sometimes the adults start running over the little kids up front, and especially on a fence like that, on a hard fence, it can get dangerous sometimes."
Settle down, adults seeking the signature of other adults.