- Title: THAILAND: GOLFER TIGER WOODS ARRIVES AT BANGKOK AIRPORT
- Date: 4th February 1997
- Summary: BANGKOK AND SAMUTPRAKHARN, THAILAND. (FEBRUARY 4-5, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) BANGKOK (FEBRUARY 4) 1. JOURNALISTS WAITING IN V.I.P. ROOM AT DON MUANG AIRPORT 2. GOLFER TIGER WOODS ARRIVING WEARING TRADITIONAL GARLANDS 3. PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOOTING PICTURES 4. TIGER WOODS 5. PHOTOGRAPHERS TRYING TO TAKE PICTURES 6. TIGER WOODS GETS IN CAR 7. TIGER WOODS LEAVES AIRPORT SAMUTPRAKHARN PROVINCE (FEBRUARY 5, 1997) 8. TIGER WOODS ARRIVES AT GOLF COURSE AT THE THAI COUNTRY CLUB 9. TIGER WOODS SWINGING, PUTTING FOR MEDIA Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 19th February 1997 12:00
- Location: BANGKOK AND SAMUTPRAKHARN PROVINCE, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Reuters ID: LVADN164DLWHWU4WWCF00S01PPS1
- Story Text: Scores of cheering Thai fans converged on Bangkok Airport on Tuesday (February 4) to greet their "native son", golfing star Tiger Woods, who arrived to play in the Asia Honda Classic tournament.
Tiger, whose mother is Thai, has become a local hero.
The arrival of the Thai-American golf sensation was broadcast live on all Thai television channels.
Swamped by well wishers, Woods -- wearing several traditional Thai flower garlands around his neck -- made his way slowly through the crowds of media to get to his car.
Tiger frenzy has reached a fever pitch in Bangkok, where Woods' mother has become a media celebrity.
Thai people, many of whom know nothing about golf, can also spout off details given by Kultida Woods about her son's golf successes, his nearly non-existent Thai vocabulary and his dislike for Bangkok traffic.
Reported to be receiving 500,000 U.S. dollars for participating in the February 6-9 golf tournament, Woods is also expected to be given a royal decoration during his brief stay in the kingdom.
Woods is currently second in the league of money winners on the U.S. PGA tour with 403,450 U.S. dollars. Mark O'Meara is first.
Although he has visited Thailand twice before, this is the 21-year old golf star's most celebrated "homecoming."
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