Tiger Woods, arguably golf’s biggest fan attraction, teed off before empty stands Thursday at the Northern Trust.Thunderstorms that rolled through Liberty National Golf Club late Wednesday afternoon brought not only rain but also strong wind that damaged some structures and hospitality tents on the Jersey City, New Jersey, golf course and forced the tournament to delay opening the gates until 10 a.m. ET Thursday, well past Woods’ opening round tee time of 7:43 a.m.”We’re an outdoor sport, so Mother Nature is bound to show up and change our well-laid plans on occasion,” tournament executive director Julie Tyson said in a statement. “We’re grateful that no one was injured and that damage was cosmetic and replaced. We look forward to welcoming the world’s best players – and all of the fans who have been waiting for this event all year long – to the kickoff of the FedExCup Playoffs (on Thursday). We couldn’t be more excited about the favorable forecast the rest of the week and can’t wait to see everyone here.”Woods, grouped with Scott Piercy and J.T. Poston, isn’t the only marquee player who’ll be well into his round by the time a gallery arrives. Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy,… Read full this story
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