A new book entitled “Follow the Roar: Tailing Tiger for all 604 holes of his most spetacular season” by Reseda’s Bob Smiley hits stores today — and yes, the 31-year-old Smiley, an otherwise unemployed TV writer (for CBS’ “Yes Dear” and ESPN.com contributor, did follow Woods on every hole during his abbreviated 2008 season.
Back in July, the Daily News’ Jill Painter did a story on Smiley’s pursuit (linked here)
“Bobby Jones once said the worst way to watch golf is to watch one person, but I don’t think he knew Tiger Woods,” Smiley said.
“I set out at the beginning of the year believing this would be Tiger’s greatest year ever,” Smiley said. “You can still make the argument it was. He won five of seven events. The last one was a major, and he wanted to win so badly he sacrificed the rest of the year to do it. It was pretty impressive. If he won the U.S. Open and finished eighth two weeks later at the Buick Invitational, maybe it wouldn’t have been as compelling.”
Last week, explaining his book to the St. Petersburg Times (linked here), he said: “When I sold the idea I already knew the person I was dealing with and never promised the publisher that he would be part of the story. It was always about this idea of watching this larger-than-life figure from afar and recognizing that I’d have just as little interaction as when the year started. But saying that, I hope Tiger will read the book and I’ll get a call one day from him giving me his opinions.”
As for watching golf in the future after his adventure this year that started in Dubai and ended at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines: “I’m a little burned out. I had a friend ask me if I was going to the Chevron World Challenge (in Thousand Oaks), which is right up the road from me, and my first feeling was nausea. But I might go to the L.A. Open next year (at Riviera). I look forward to picking a hole and watching everybody come through.”
A link to the book on the publisher’s website (linked here).