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Heavy traffic leads to an encounter with Tiger Woods

It took two hours for Brian Canterbury to get to Innisbrook, and then he caddied for Tiger
Brian Canterbury gets an autograph from Tiger Woods on the 17th green Wednesday morning. [RODNEY PAGE | Times]

PALM HARBOR – Brian Canterbury is actually thankful for the morning rush-hour traffic.

He was running late from his home in Riverview to Innisbrook. He was scheduled to be a military caddie on the 17th hole during Wednesday's pro-am. There were 17 military members at the hole, and they took turns being a caddie for one hole for the professional.

Canterbury got to the hole late due to traffic. When it was finally his turn, Tiger Woods approached the tee box.

"I just got lucky in the draw,'' said Canterbury, who is a month away from retirement in the U.S. Air Force. "When I got here I was next in line, and there was Tiger.''

The 17th hole is a par-three, so basically Canterbury just handed Tiger a putter and followed him to the green. But he did score an autographed slightly-used golf glove as well as a ball.

"Pretty cool,'' Canterbury said.