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Phil, the No. 2 player in the world, had just given an autograph to the boy. He looked at the boy and said, "Be polite."
Tiger walked into the scorer's room and signed for 71.
The old man and the boy left the course in silence.
In the truck the boy asked, "How come Westwood licks his lips so much?" Lee Westwood was leading the tournament.
"Because he wears white pants," the old man said.
The boy did not understand. He put on his earphones.
The next day was Mother's Day. The old man and the boy returned to the course.
The old man pointed to the ocean, choppy and angry. "Today the scores will be high," he said.
Then he told the boy, "Today we will follow Tiger. It will be your apology."
The greens were turning into khaki rugs in the hot Sunday sun. Tiger was playing with Jason Bohn. The two men talked about the course. It was firm and fast, and they were pleased. The boy could hear them, and the old man could read their lips.