Ben Brundred Jr. got a little nervous yesterday watching Tiger Woods play on television in the Memorial tournament. Sitting in his Kemper Open tournament office at the TPC at Avenel, Brundred saw Woods limp out of the bunker on the par-4 14th hole.
All the preparations Brundred and others have made in anticipation of Woods playing in next week's Kemper Open flashed in front of the tournament's 72-year-old general chairman.
"I just about fainted when he swung hard, left it in the bunker and then, after getting out, the announcer said, 'Uh-oh, he's pulled a muscle,' " Brundred said.
Though Woods limped in with a 2-over-par 74 that left him nine shots behind the leaders, Brundred's fears were allayed by a telephone call he received a few hours later. Brundred was given a list of players committed to the $2 million tournament that begins Thursday.
The list included Woods.
Woods joins a field that already included defending champion and reigning British Open champion Justin Leonard, reigning Masters champion Mark O'Meara, as well as former major-championship winners John Daly, Tom Lehman and Tom Kite.
Though the field includes three of the top five on the money list, only five of the top 15 and six of the top 20 will be at Avenel.
"It's not as deep as last year, but we didn't have Tiger," Brundred said.
Pub Date: 5/30/98