Tiger gets a look at Oakmont 

April, 25, 2007
04/25/07
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Tiger Woods is among the big names -- and there are plenty of 'em -- skipping this week's Byron Nelson Championship. It's the second straight year he hasn't made the trip to Las Colinas (last year's event came in the midst of Woods' nine-week hiatus following his father's death) after missing the cut in 2005.

Of course, it's not like Woods is wasting his time. Earlier this week, he visited Oakmont, site of the upcoming U.S. Open, for the first time since 1994. For the story on what happened, click here. But for the story on what really happened, I hit up one of my spies, who was on hand and behind the scenes as Tiger took to the course on Sunday and Monday. (And you don't know this person, so don't bother guessing!) Here's what my spy told me:

• Woods was in an unbelievably good mood. He posed for photos, gave an impromptu 20-minute putting lesson to the American Express customers in attendance and even let one observer caddie for him on the 288-yard, par-3 eighth hole.


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Golf Editor, ESPN.com
Jason Sobel, who joined ESPN in 1997, earned four Sports Emmy awards as a member of ESPN's Studio Production department. He became ESPN.com's golf editor in July 2004.
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