Tiger Woods was born in California and lives in Florida, but he decided to hold his PGA Tour tournament — this week’s AT&T National — in Washington, D.C. At the tournament press conference, he was asked about the PGA Tour’s new groove-rule change, the local hubbub over his pro-am partner, Dallas QB Tony Romo, and his missed putts at the U.S. Open at Bethpage. Normal questions for Woods the professional golfer.
But whether you're turning on the radio or walking down the street, you can't escape news of Michael Jackson’s death this week. And so it was Tuesday as Woods talked about Jackson’s death and his impact as an entertainer.
A reporter asked, “Tiger, few people have ever achieved worldwide recognition to the extent of you. Michael Jackson, I probably would put in that category. Were you a Michael Jackson fan and any thoughts on his passing so young?”
Woods responded the same way most 33-year-olds who grew up in the United States would. Because before he was a multimillionaire, a champion and a worldwide celebrity, he was just another kid in suburban Los Angeles who watched MTV.
“I think everyone here was a Michael Jackson fan. One of, probably if not the greatest entertainer that's ever lived,” Woods said. “I think -- I know my entire generation was influenced by his music, and you know, just the entertainer and just the songs, we listened to them -- whatever. It was always happy. You always wanted to listen to his songs.