Woody Austin, one of the 17 different players to finish runner-up to Tiger Woods in a major championship, remains annoyed in 2007 that “he could do no wrong”
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“From a playing perspective, it was obviously the one major where I played four solid days in a row; that was always my problem.
I didn’t have a bad day. I tell people, my biggest problem I had that week was in the media room. That was my biggest disappointment. I have no problem with tough questions or if I’m playing bad. But the part that bugged me was Tiger could do no wrong.
And nobody else was good enough. Nobody could say anything against that. Each day I was talking about how good I was playing and I could beat him if I’d putt better. But you can’t say that. That was the only major I was in the media room all four days.
They made it seem as if I was supposed to seem so ecstatic for where I was. I wasn’t allowed to feel disappointed that I didn’t make any putts the first three days and I should be ecstatic” Albert Woody Austin II (born January 27, 1964) is an American professional golfer who played the majority of his career on the PGA Tour, but now plays on the PGA Tour Champions.
Austin was born in Tampa, Florida. He attended the University of Miami, where he was a member of the golf team coached by Norman C. Parsons Jr. He graduated in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration and turned professional later that year.
Austin won PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors in 1995. He has won four times on tour: the 1995 Buick Open, the 2004 Buick Championship, the 2007 Stanford St. Jude Championship shooting a final round 62, and the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship (where he became the 8th oldest winner in Tour history, just younger than Raymond Floyd).
During the 1997 Verizon Heritage, Austin intentionally struck his head with his putter five times. He hit his head so hard that the shaft bent. After the second round of the 2007 PGA Championship, Austin joked that he was named after actor Woody Harrelson (Harrelson being only three years older than Austin).
He went on to finish 2nd behind Tiger Woods, his best major finish. This achievement moved Austin into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Austin’s career high ranking was 29th in 2008. During the 2007 Presidents Cup, Austin fell into a pond while attempting to hit a shot with one foot in the water.
This incident led to Woody’s nickname “Aquaman” During his singles match against 2007 U.S. Open Champion Ángel Cabrera, he wore a pair of swimming goggles.