Gannon on Tiger: There’s a buzz back

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Before he went on the air with Golf Channel to cover today’s opening round of the Chevron World Challenge, Terry Gannon said there’s been no drop off in the buzz surrounding tournament host Tiger Woods as he tries to regain some of the statue he once had on the PGA Tour.

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“The galleries still follow him through everything, and he’s got a boatload of people surrounding him,” said Gannon, who made the drive to Sherwood Country Club from his wind-blown home in Hancock Park this morning.

“They still love to follow him on the course. And I think he also had fun at the President’s Cup (in Australia two weeks ago) and people are dialed into that.

“He’s got a buzz going. In his mind he feels he’s just about there. He’s more confident with his swing than he’s been in a long time. But still, he has to win, so we’ll see how that goes.”

Gannon said the difference in covering this tournament more than any other PGA Tour event is the fact that all 18 participants feel that they’ve got a realistic shot of winning it.

“On any given week, there are 156 players in the field, and maybe a small percentage of them think they have a legitimate shot, and another certain percentage feel they can win if everything falls right. Some just are trying to make the cut. Here’s 18 players, all having had good years, who think when they can win.

“Tiger will always be the No. 1 story whenever he tees it up, but based on the President’s Cup, here’s a real sense that he’s closer with his swing. Now he just has to make some putts. I think he’s one of the guys who wouldn’t mind if the wind was blowing stronger today.”

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