the US Open. The trip to Bethpage would have to start REALLY early and the Black is a difficult walk.
Frankly after going to my first US Open sectional I'm not inclined to go to big events. Except for the sectional where Michelle Wie tried to qualify, all of the ones I attended had no ropes. That makes a HUGE difference. In fact at the first one I attended it was a challenge to make sure you didn't get in the way of people's swings on the driving range! Again except for the Michelle Wie sectional there were also no limits on using video and other than her gallery there were never more than about 10-20 people with a golfer (Randy Barnes) and most had only a few going around with them.
Jeev Milkha-Singh caught my attention at a sectional because I'd noticed his unusual swing when he was in Tiger's group in Dubai a few years back. I started following him and taping. There was only one person following his group around other than me and that turned out to be his girlfriend. On a couple of holes he gave me a look and the third time he did that I said 'You seem suprised to have a gallery.' He smiled and said 'No'. After that he struck up a conversation (I was not going to initiate when he's fighting to get into the open) that went on for 9 holes until he finished his round. I saw him the following week in Bethpage and we exchanged greetings.
After sctionals I'm spoiled for regular tour events though I think it'll be a long time before I see Tiger in a sectional
Seeing him even in a practice round is a lot of work though and I need to be prepared for it: planning where to stand for the shot I want, getting there 3-4 holes ahead of him....