GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. | Bob Seger stood over his ball at the very outer arc of the green, sweat soaking through his blue golf shirt. The Michigan rock 'n roll great narrowed his eyes, wiggled his hips and apprehensively eyed a long birdie putt on the fourth hole of the Buick Open Pro-Am tournament.
When the ball hit the bottom of the cup, the crowd at Warwick Hills burst into cheers and Seger fired off a fist-punch celebration made famous by the man standing on the other side of the green. Tiger Woods could only smile.
Seger and Tiger Woods headlined the pro-am program, and their fivesome finished 8-under par. At least one member of the group paid more than $100,000 for the opportunity to play with Woods and Seger, who were greeted after every hole by throngs of cheering fans.
After playing a few holes with Seger on the course a year ago, homeowner Jeff Powell said he wanted to thank Seger for signing his son's guitar.
"We had to make him feel at home," said Powell.
"Every person who came by said, 'Turn it up.' "
While noise on the golf course is usually taboo, even Woods was in good spirits about the rock serenade.
"If I would have hit off the fairway with a bad drive, I would have blamed it on him. So I hit a good one, so he got the credit," Woods said.
CARMEL, Ind. | Tom Watson practiced Wednesday at the U.S. Senior Open, a day after an illness kept him from getting out on the Crooked Stick course in Indiana.
Watson says he felt sick after eating Chinese food toward the end of his recent stay in Britain. The 59-year-old is playing in his third major tournament in three weeks, which included his remarkable runner-up finish at the British Open two weeks ago. The first round begins today.
Mickelson Will Play in PGA Championship
CHASKA, Minn. | Phil Mickelson will play at next month's PGA Championship.
Organizers said Mickelson is confirmed as an entrant for the event. It's the fourth and final major of the season.
Mickelson has been away from the tour for nearly two months as his wife, Amy, copes with breast cancer. He's scheduled to play next week at the Bridgestone Invitational.