LEMONT, Ill. — First things first, we can’t have these PGA Tour tournaments without the volunteers. They are the unheralded heart and soul of most tournaments.
That being said, there are times when common sense should be the No. 1 commandment. Case in point, the back of the ninth green at Cog Hill in the third round of the BMW Championship.
The gentleman with the walking stick and keen interest took a few steps up the stairs to the bleachers when a marshal barked at him to remove himself. Bleachers were full. Couldn’t stand on the stairs. On he went until he threatened to have security remove the man, who all the while stood quietly and with great pride to watch his son, Mark Wilson, hit his third shot into the par-5 hole.
Just wanted to see the next shot, the man said, but the marshal kept threatening him.
Finally, Les Wilson’s patience paid off – he saw Mark hit an approach to 25 feet below the hole. He knew he could keep on walking and judge by the crowd reaction whether his son made the putt or not (he did not), so Les Wilson started down from the steps and headed to the 10th tee.
Yes, the marshal was still complaining.
“Tough to see when you’re with Tiger (Woods),” Mark Wilson said, when told about his father’s dilemma. “But he’ll be able to see more today (when Mark is paired with Jim Furyk).”