Tiger Woods gave one of his biggest fans a moment he’ll never forget after a wonderful gesture ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte.
There has been a massive buzz in the North Carolina city for the return of the 14-time major winner and Woods didn’t disappoint during his pre-tournament hit-out on Wednesday (Thursday AEST).
Having made an astonishing comeback since long-term injuries cruelled his career, Woods returns to Charlotte to compete for the first time since 2012.
Long-term fan Adam Warner was one supporter who couldn’t contain his excitement seeing the 42-year-old going about his business in practice.
Despite suffering from cerebral palsy, Warner has still managed to travel around the country watching his favourite golfer for the best part of 15 years.
So it was no surprise to see the keen fan grinning from ear to ear when Woods walked over to hand him a signed glove at the 17th hole.
Honestly this might be the best thing I’ve seen during my career. We’ve been following Tiger for a few holes and he has walked by so many fans without stopping. He saw Adam as soon as he got to hole 17 and made a point to stop. #WellsFargoChampionship #ABC11 @ABC11_WTVD pic.twitter.com/Wlr3yt2I8A
— Bridget Condon (@BridgetABC11) May 2, 2018
Woods last won at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow course way back in 2007 but says he’s just happy to be back playing regularly again.
“I am very thankful,” Woods said.
“There was a long period of time when I didn’t think I would ever play golf again. I was just hoping I could walk without pain. And now I’m out here playing against these guys.”
“I certainly can’t lift the weights I used to. I can’t run the way I used to. There’s a lot of things I wish I could do, but I can’t.”
One thing Woods most definitely can do is pull in the crowds and there will be a large contingent hoping the 42-year-old can end an 11-year drought in Charlotte.