As a youngster, Zane Scotland wasn’t just your average Tiger Woods fan. He was a superfan, and even, incredibly, won a contest in the UK that was searching for the next Tiger Woods.
Scotland developed into a talented amateur player, eventually becoming the youngest-ever qualifier for the Open Championship at only 16 years old. Now, he’s a top-rated instructor overseas, and on this week’s episode of Off Course with Claude Harmon, Scotland detailed the entertaining story of what it was like when he had the chance to see Tiger Woods in person for the first time.
Off Course with Claude Harmon: A top UK instructor reveals why his first time watching Tiger Woods in person was a bit of a letdown
On this week’s episode of Off Course with Claude Harmon, Zane Scotland told the entertaining story of the first time he got to see Tiger Woods play in person.
“My dad and I got a trip to Valderrama to go and watch the Ryder Cup, and that was amazing,” Scotland began. “All I wanted to do was go and see Tiger. We arrived on the first day. Dad’s like, let’s go and watch some of these matches. I’m like, no, gotta go find Tiger. He’s out on No. 12. We trek all out there, get a spot on the tee. I’m like 13, 14, so I can rustle through the crowds to get to the front.
“I’d never seen Tiger in real life before, and he comes through and he gets on his tee, 2-iron comes out,” Scotland continued. “I’m like, right. I’ve got right down the line here watching it. And he hits this 2-iron, no word of a lie, just like, snap-hooked it into a tree about 150 yards off the tee. I was like, is this some sort of joke?”
“Your hero’s just hit a low snap-hook into the trees!” Harmon laughed.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Scotland said.