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BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- The man of the hour is Tiger Woods and when he's in a tournament fans show up in droves, like Rylan Shim who is a big Tiger Woods fan.

The third grader at Cub Run elementary in Centreville, Viginia explained why he skipped out on the last day of school.

"We're only in school for two hours and Tiger Woods is herel, so gotta see Tiger Woods," said Rylan, who was in the crowd gathered to see the former number one golfer in the world.

While Rylan was hoping for an autograph, at least he got a golf ball earlier in the day.

Another Tiger fan, Jamar Hudson, may or may not have missed work today to catch a glimpse of Tiger.

"It's good to see him in person and see the following he gets in real life its kind of amazing. To see the strategic way he swings, his attention to detail on the course is awesome. To see that in real life is pretty cool," said Hudson.

Fans followed Tiger to the opening ceremony, including Father Don Worch of Potomac's Lady of Mercy.

"It's always in the back of my mind -- well I hope I see Tiger -- [but] I come to see the whole golf tournament, but hoping to see him," said Father Worch.

If there's any doubt that Tiger is a fan magnet, numbers prove it. In 2009, when he played the event, just over 190 thousand people showed up in the course of a week. Last year, when he didn't play and showed up just to hand over the trophy to winner Bill Haas, about 145 thousand showed up. That's the power of Tiger.

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