DUBLIN, Ohio – Security is a much bigger presence this week at The Memorial Tournament than in past years.
Many may think it’s because of Tiger Woods’ presence. However, just go back a year, when Jack Nicklaus was in the winner’s news conference with Woods and a supposed media member stood up in the middle of the room and asked Tiger for an autograph.
The Golden Bear dealt with it well, but the tournament and the PGA Tour had a little egg on their faces.
This year, the security presence is much more pronounced, with the security guard at the front door of the media center not granting veteran journalist Kaye Kessler access until he was able to produce the requisite credentials.
Just in case you’re wondering, Kessler covered Nicklaus for 45 years at the now-defunct Columbus Citizen-Journal and is pretty much a legend in Ohio’s state capital.
With Woods’ new policy of signing autographs and the additional security, it looks as if those of us in the media will be more secure in our working digs this week.