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December 06, 2012

See 14-year-old Tiger Woods talk about race, golf and his future in the game

Posted at 11:52 AM by Samantha Glover | Categories: Earl Woods, Tiger Woods

Trans World Sport has dug into its archives to re-release an interview with a 14-year-old Tiger Woods. The video, from November of 1990, features rare footage of Woods talking about race and his place in the game of golf:

"Since I'm black it might even be bigger than Jack Nicklaus. I might be even bigger than him to the blacks."

"I might be sort of like a Michael Jordan in basketball, or something like that."

Woods also spoke of feeling uncomfortable at many country clubs:

"It's not every day, but every time I go to a major country club -- you can always feel it, always sense it. People always staring at you, what are you doing here? You shouldn't be here."

At the time of this interview, Woods was a five-time Optimist International Junior World winner and had been recognized as an AJGA All-American, and his competitive drive and confidence seem almost fully formed. (Related Photos: Tiger Woods, a Life in Pictures)

"My competitiveness. That sort of brings me through in the clutch. You have to make a putt, you make the putt. You have to make a shot, you make the shot. You just sort of drop into another zone and you block out everything, that's really helped me."

You can watch the entire video below.

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