The 15-time major champion teed off at the PGA Championship early in the 9 o’clock hour, driving his opening shot right down the middle of the fairway. As Woods slowly made his way to the ball for his second shot, he confronted a nearby camera operator, asking for more space.
Tiger asking the cameraman to back off. Three times pic.twitter.com/fNYIXN7KbM
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“Mind giving me some breathing space, please?” Woods asked before having to repeat himself. “Mind giving me some breathing space, please,” he said louder and with more angst. “Back off a little bit and give me some breathing space!”
Woods was able to continue walking down the fairway throughout the exchange. It’s difficult to tell exactly how close the cameraperson was to Woods, but they didn’t appear to be all up in his face. From the far away shot at the beginning of the clip, the cameras looked to be on the fairway, but remained a good distance away from Woods.
Usually laser focused, you would expect Woods to be worried about his second shot and not the camera operator. But the person, who was just doing their job, couldn’t have interrupted Woods too much. His second shot landed on the green a few feet away from the cup, setting himself up for a birdie, which he converted.