2008 US Open in San Diego Reflections

Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 13:20 —by News Gal
This item was posted in San Diego Entertainment, San Diego Events, San Diego Sports, San Diego Travel category and has 16 Comments so far.

San Diego has been in the public eye big time this past week thanks to the arrival of the prestigious US Open golf tournament at our beloved Torrey Pines. Weeks and weeks of preparation went into get the golf course looking camera ready, not to mention getting La Jolla prepped for the traffic, and I was lucky enough to see it all first-hand.

These days, golf pretty much equals Tiger. Every tournament preview, Nike ad, and PGA commercial features Tiger, and I think it is safe to say that no other golfer in history has ever caught the eye of a nation more than Tiger Woods. My first golf tournament experience started on Friday and I strategically placed myself in the bleachers of the 11th hole two hours before Tiger, Phil Mickleson and Adam Scott would come waltzing through.

As the hours passed, masses, no, more like mobs of people began to crowd around the tee box, fairway, and greens as the awesome threesome approached. The overcast weather seemed to deter no one from catching a glimpse of the man, the myth, the legend: Mr. Tiger Woods. When he finally approached the tee and proceeded to tee off, the crowd went wild. Home run at a Padres game wild. It was more noise then I ever expected to hear and once he was finished with hole 11, the mass of people mobbed its way over to the next hole.

After the mass vacated the area, I began to make my way across the course to the Trophy Club tent when, from a good 5 holes away, I heard another insane roar worthy only of Tiger himself. He had birdied 13 with an epic long putt that will be shown over and over again on Sportscenter this week. I finally made it back to my beautiful (and hard to get) suite at The Lodge at Torrey Pines with the satisfaction of knowing I saw (and heard) a historic athlete at the peak of his game in my beautiful hometown.

Anyone else lucky enough to attend the 2008 US Open at in San Diego at Torrey Pines?

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16 Responses to “2008 US Open in San Diego Reflections”

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    Events like this really help boost the local economy. Can you imagine how many people are making plans to take a trip out to San Diego and possibly play Torrey Pines as a result of US Open????

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