Coming back to Bellerive revives memories of 9/11
ST. LOUIS -- This is not a place associated with big-time golf, despite its best efforts. The Gateway City gets a rare chance to shine this week, although St. Louis is not expected to get much help from Mother Nature.
That's typical when it comes to the PGA Tour and this area. You might say a dark cloud hovers, both literally and figuratively. The remnants of Hurricane Gustav mean a forecast for a 100 percent chance of rain when the BMW Championship begins Thursday at Bellerive Country Club -- a place that could use a break when it comes to good news.
Seven years ago, almost to the week, many of the players who are at Bellerive for the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs were here for a World Golf Championship event, the American Express Championship.St. Louis was getting a major golf event for the first time since the 1992 PGA Championship was contested on the venue. Tiger Woods was making his first appearance, and the excitement was high. Then the world changed. "It's one of those days you'll remember for the rest of your life, where you were,'' Mike Weir said of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that occurred in New York City and Washington, D.C. "Actually, Tiger and I were playing a practice round early in the morning, and Commissioner [Tim] Finchem drove out in a cart and told us what was going on. And from there, everybody was just glued to the TV to see what was going on. It is still pretty vivid in my mind.'' "Obviously, you remember what happened,'' said Sergio Garcia, "because this is where you were at that point in time.''