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."
The new gimmick in this year’s edition of the popular golf game is the “Tiger Legacy Challenge” mode, where you can compete as Tiger throughout all the eras of his career: from junior golf through his amateur titles to the Tiger slam. You can even hear Tiger’s father, Earl, yelling at Tiger while he gets ready to swing to sharpen his son’s focus. Here’s a video preview:
Tiger Woods EA Sports PGA Tour 13 is scheduled for U.S. release on March 27, the same day as former coach Hank Haney’s book about his time with Tiger, “The Big Miss.” The regular edition is $59.99 on Xbox 360 and PS3; the special Masters Collector's Edition is $69.99.
Without snow in metropolitan areas, Northeast golf courses have capitalized, drawing players throughout the winter and doing maintenance and renovation months earlier than normal.
The Mattawang Golf Club, a semi-private course in Belle Mead, New Jersey, hosted almost 1,000 rounds in January, including one 60-degree Saturday on which the course drew 190 golfers, said Mahlon Dow, the club’s head professional and manager.
“That’s a good number in June,” Dow said in a telephone interview. “It looks like October out there.”
Ernie Els: Take my belly putter, please Ernie Els joined Tiger Woods in calling for a ban on belly putters this week at the Northern Trust. One difference though: Els is actually using a belly putter. He explains:
Q. You mentioned the short putter. The USGA has said they're taking a fresh look at the belly putter, long putter, anchoring. Do you welcome that? What do you think about that?
ERNIE ELS: Yeah, I think so. Although I've used it, I've used it for, what, six months now, I feel the same as most of the traditionalists. I feel that no club should be anchored to your body. I don't know how they're going to go around it, maybe use a putter as long as you want as long as it's not anchored to your body any way, even up your arm. You see a lot of the guys use it in their armpits now. Nothing should be anchored to your body, and I believe I still believe that. I was in such a state that I felt that I needed to change something, which I did. I went to the belly. It hasn't really helped me that much, but it has helped me. But I'm for it. Ban it. It's fine.
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Earl Woods Jr. gave a rare interview to CNN, saying he hasn't seen Tiger since their father's funeral, and that his death left a big void in Tiger's life. Earl Woods Jr., the oldest of three children from Tiger's father's first marriage, also said the rest of the family has gradually lost contact with Tiger ever since he turned pro. The interview is part of a CNN special "Downfall: The Tiger Woods Story" airing Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern and Sunday at 10:30 p.m.