Originally created 01/30/98

Woods' team draws fans



PEBBE BEACH, Calif. -- Upon teeing off Thursday in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Earl Woods drew just as much enthusiastic applause as his famous son, Tiger.

"Way to go, Dad!" a fan yelled from the vast gallery, more than three deep in some places along the fairway on the Poppy Hills course.

Tiger and his father, paired with defending champion Mark O'Meara and former AT&T chairman Robert Allen, played the back nine at Poppy Hills in the rain-shortened first round of the tournament.

A brief shower brought out umbrellas in the gallery on the opening hole, but for the most part, the sun beamed on father and son

The weather and the course conditions didn't deter the fans, however. Not the typical gallery, the crowd tailing Tiger and his dad was loud and boisterous. One brought a stepladder to peer over the heads of the other spectators.