Tiger Woods captured a first Major in winning the 1997 Masters at Augusta Natoinal.
A year later Woods fitted good friend Mark O’Meara also with a famed Masters green jacket.
But no sooner had the duo ended their round on day two of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and they found themselves upstaged by a six-year old youngster wearing a green Augusta National cap.
Sean Cooper was invited onto the Emirates Club practice range and quickly impressed Woods and O’Meara with his swing.
O’Meara asked Sean how old he was and the young lad responded he was ‘six’.
Woods commented: ”Now let’s see. When he’s done with high school I will be on the Seniors Tour. He will then be a pro and I will be in a cart”.
He then had the crowd applauding loudly in hitting a number of shots including endearing himself to Woods and O’Meara when asked if he could ‘hit one up in the air for us, a soft one’.
Sean stood there for a few seconds and then raised his arm in the air pointing at a plane flying overhead. ”That high?” he quizzed.
Woods and O’Meara broke out in laughter but soon joined in the applause when Sean played a superb ‘high’ shot that earned a high five from O’Meara however the youngster turned away but Woods could be heard saying: ”Hey, hey”.
So there was a second high five from the 14-time Major winner.
Woods had moments earlier ended his round with a frustrating one over par 73 but quickly lightened-up when ‘wired-up’ for those present for the clinic.
“I got to know so many people, signed a lot of gloves gave away a lot of balls,” he joked.
“I was just hitting it sideways. I pitched out a couple of times.”
O’Meara began the clinic speaking about the importance of spine angle when setting up to play a shot.
Woods began hitting balls and O’Meara remarked: “You can see, Tiger being the best played in world has won all these tournaments around the world …”
But Woods interrupted saying: ”Well, I shot a 79 last Saturday. And I have to tell everyone here I made a sweet 10-footer not to shoot 80.”
Everyone began laughing and with O’Meara saying: ”Yeah, I saw that. But he handled himself very graciously I have to say.”
O’Meara continued describing Woods playing a variety of shots.
Woods paused in hitting balls to remark about drawing the golf ball and what procedure he adopts.
“When I want to draw the ball I learned a very simple thing and that is to drop my right foot back,” he said.
“So with my right foot back I try and take the club on my foot plane line and that automatically gets deeper and makes me swing in out which produces a draw”.