The World of Golf On September 11, 2001

Tiger Woods was the talk of the tour in 2001 on the PGA Tour. He won the Masters, won more tournaments than anyone else (five), and padded his record of most weeks ranked No. 1.

He was the story of the year, until the story stopped being bout golf

Fifteen years ago, Scott Verplank was two days removed from winning the Canadian Open. There wouldn’t be another tournament for three weeks.

“I went home from Canada, and it was a weird deal for me because the next day they were having a fundraiser tournament for a kid that grew up at Oak Tree (Golf Club in Edmond, Okla.) who died in a plane crash. He was one of our neighbors. I played in the event, then the next morning I was getting ready to go to St. Louis. I was just getting ready to walk out the door when I was watching the news. I saw the plane crash into this building, so then obviously I stopped and five minutes later I had a phone call and said that everything was grounded,” Verplank said.

“I’m sitting there watching for however long – 30 minutes, an hour – and they’re talking this plane is headed to the White House and this plane is heading here, and I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ Nobody knew what’s going on. I just went up to my kids’ school. They were 9 and 6. I just felt like I should be there. I didn’t know if I should take them home because nobody had an idea. We hadn’t been through that. I still remember as clear as yesterday. I wish everybody else still remembered it.”

Mike Weir was playing a practice round with Woods at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis for the BMW Championship.

“It’s one of those days you’ll remember for the rest of your life, where you were,” Weir said in 2008. Actually, Tiger and I were playing a practice round early in the morning, and Commissioner [Tim] Finchem drove out in a cart and told us what was going on. And from there, everybody was just glued to the TV to see what was going on. … It is still pretty vivid in my mind.”


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