An aerial banner mocking Tiger Woods appeared above the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach today. Ryan Ballengee of WaggleRoom.com captured the sky sign, which read, “TIGER: ARE YOU MY DADDY?”:
Ballengee noted of the banner’s first appearance:
Tiger Woods hit a terrible drive to the left on the downhill par 4 third hole. As Woods was hitting his recovery out of deep grass with a very audible grunt, a plane passed over the third hole with a message for Tiger. It asked, “Tiger: Are You My Daddy?”
Another view of the plane towing the banner today:
TMZ.com reported early Sunday that Long Island-based National Sky Ads is behind the banner. Company Owner Ted DeReeder told TMZ that two banners were ordered back in April but would not reveal who was behind commissioning the aerial signs. A second banner will also reportedly fly over Pebble Beach later today.
This is the second time Woods has been confronted with an aerial banner at a high profile pro golf tournament. Multiple sky signs mocking the golfer were seen during The Masters at Augusta National golf course in April.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first controversial sports banner flown by DeReeder’s company. Texas football fans can attest to that.
KVUE-TV in Austin reported in December, 2008:
A plane flying a banner over the University of Texas Thursday caused quite a stir.
The plane’s message said: “Hey Mack, quit whining. U knew the rules.”
That’s in reference to complaints about the BCS rankings that put Texas behind Oklahoma, a team Texas beat in the regular season.
Ted DeReeder, president of Long Island-based National Sky Ads, says he brokered the deal that sent the plane flying over UT.
He says the people who hired him are UT fans, but says they specifically asked him not to identify them publicly. He says the entire flight cost about $2,200.
For those of you who say it’s time to leave Woods alone, think Elin would agree with you on this Father’s Day?