Tiger Woods reveals how he dealt with STREAKER at The Open Championship

At the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie, Tiger Woods received a surprising visit on the course by a woman wearing only her underwear.

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Sat, 10 Jul 2021
Tiger Woods reveals how he dealt with STREAKER at The Open Championship

Tiger Woods has built an incredible fanbase ever since he burst on to the world stage over 20 years ago, with his thrilling victories and his world-class shotmaking.

However, in 1999, one fan took their love for Woods a bit too far when he was competing at The Open Championship at Carnoustie, which was won by Scotland's Paul Lawrie.

Yvonne Robb, a 20-year-old exotic dancer from Arbroath, Scotland, ran on to the 18th green at Carnoustie with only her underwear on to hug the 15-time major champion and kiss him on the cheek.

According to The Herald, she pleaded not guilty to charges of "conducting herself in a disorderly manner, stripping to her underwear, climbing a barrier fence, running onto the playing surface, taking hold of a player and breaching the peace on Carnoustie Links on July 15, 1999."

She was later fined £100 for her offence and although her behaviour was unacceptable, Woods was just relieved that she did not run on the course in an act of violence.

"I heard Ian Woosnam laughing, looked over, and saw some feet," Woods said after his first round.

"Luckily, she didn’t have a lot on, because if someone comes out of the stands like that and has a lot of clothing on, you never know what they have in there or what they're hiding behind their back.

"She gave me a hug and a quick kiss, but I wasn't worried. I knew she wasn't hiding anything. She didn’t have a whole lot on, so I guess I assumed it was a pretty benign situation."

Robb said afterwards that it was "the best kiss I ever had" and she "loved" Tiger. It seems that the young woman did not show much regret for her actions all those years ago.

Woods finished tied seventh that week in Scotland and his encounter with Robb was arguably overshadowed by the dramatic end to the tournament, courtesy of Frenchman Jean van de Velde.

van de Velde had a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole and famously struggled his way to a triple-bogey and eventually lost in the playoff to home favourite Lawrie.