Woods was out practicing in the Missouri capital ahead of the 2001 WGC – AMEX Championship when the World Trade Centre was brought down by two terrorist manned airliners.
AMEX event organisers wasted little time cancelling the event in the wake of the terrorist attack on New York and Washington with Woods commandeering a courtesy car and taking two days to drive the 1,100 miles to his Florida residence.
The attacks also saw a year’s postponement to the Ryder Cup while Woods, who was headlining on all promotional material, withdrew from contesting the European Tour’s Lancome Trophy later that September in Versailles.
“We got pulled off the course. I was out practicing at the time when the first plane hit,” said Woods.
“By the time we got in, unfortunately, we had the chance to see the second plane hit. So that was the last time I was there at Bellerive.
“So, it’s been 17 years since we were there last and from what I’ve heard it should be low scoring again next week and I’m looking forward to checking it out.”
Woods was speaking after seeing hopes dashed of capturing a PGA Tour record of nine WGC – Bridgestone Invitational victories with a disappointing top-40 Firestone finish.
It is also the last of 20 Bridgestone sponsored events and with Memphis to host the new WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational from next year.
Woods had been well in contention at six-under after two rounds but a pair of 73s over the weekend handed him his poorest finish since missing the cut in June’s U.S. Open.
“It is what it is and weeks like this happen and I just wasn’t as sharp as I need to be,” said Woods.
“The only day I putted well was the first day but I now have three more days to clean it up come Thursday.
“But in saying that I will miss coming here to Akron. I will miss the community and it just a fantastic event as I have been coming here for 20-years.
“There’s people out here that are camped-out on the same hole year-after-year and we’re going to miss that.”