Georgia is one of those funky states that has it’s own “Bureau Of Investigation” and they dutifully tag it with the impressive moniker — The Georgia Bureau Of Investigation.
Seems the men and women of the GBI get to provide an added layer of security at The Masters.
And last Saturday, the GBI nearly had a world-class disaster on its hands.
Tiger Woods, playing from the left rough on the par four 14th hole, had just hit a marvelous draw around the tall pines and a lot of people made a quick step to see the shot. GBI agents held them back and one over-zealous guy basically decided that he’d run toward the offending patrons to “protect” Tiger from the most knowledgeable spectators in sports.
You can stand at Augusta. You can sit at Augusta. You can even walk at Augusta. But everyone who has ever passed through those forbidding gates and entered this monument to the 1950s knows you can never run at Augusta. Try to run and a security guard will likely instruct you to “STOP!” in a commanding voice.
You don’t want to run anyway, if the grass has just a little moisture on it, you’ll slip, fall and bust your ass.
That’s exactly what happened to that GBI agent. As he ran toward Tiger, he slipped, went sliding into Tiger like a runner trying to break up the double-play and clipped Tiger’s right heel.
Tiger proceeded to hop three times, then limped a little and shook it off. “I’m and athlete,” Tiger later pointed out.
It could have been tournament-ending had it caught Tiger squarely on the ankle instead of just clipping him.
It was the talk of the day. Luckily for the GBI agent, Tiger birdied that 14th then the 15th.
No harm, no foul. Tiger was most gracious about the entire incident:
“It’s all good. Accidents happen. I’ve had galleries run over me. When you play in front of a lot of people, things happen.”
Still, we’ll let the lad from the GBI slide right into The Dog House.