“The Tiger Woods we met was a likeable young man with an acute sense of his own destiny.”
But as good as this piece is for the above reasons, I’m still more fascinated by the sight of Woods sitting near a fairway, feeding a random forest creature which sidles up to him.
Tiger Woods, the fox whisperer?
H/T to CBS’s Shane Bacon, who found this video in the dusty archives.
“Since I’m black I might be even 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. Something like that.”
Tiger, on race (at about the 3:15 mark in the video):
“Every time I go to a major country club, I always feel it. You can always sense it. People always staring at you, ‘What are you doing here? You shouldn’t be here.’ When I go to Texas or Florida, you always feel it because they say, ‘Why are you here?’ ‘Not supposed to be here.’ And that’s probably because that’s where all the slavery was.”
During the second round of the Nedbank golf invitational at the Gary Player Country Club in South Africa, the Golf Channel caught on film some baboons playing near the fifteen hole.
Monkeying around: Baboon steals food at Nedbank [Golf Channel]
14 Year old Guan Tianlang is set to become the youngest-ever player at the US Masters after he held on for a one-stroke win at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship on Sunday.
He will be 14 years, five months and 17 days old when he tees off at prestigious Augusta in April, smashing the record set by Italy’s Matteo Manassero in 2010 when he was aged 16.
“I’m so excited. I’m really happy to become the youngest player at the Masters and looking forward to going there. I don’t know what’s going to happen there, but I know I just want to do well,” he said.
“Pan really did a good job, so I just needed to focus on my game and get some more birdies and keep going. I knew Pan had a really good front nine, so I was checking the scores a bit on the back nine.
“I just thought if I got a couple more birdies I would be the champion.”
Schoolboy Guan, from the southern city of Guangzhou, started playing at the age of four and won the world junior title by 11 shots last year in San Diego.
In April, he made history as the youngest player to take part in a European Tour event when he played the Volvo China Open in Tianjin at the age of 13 years and 177 days.
SHENZHEN: The sponsors of this week’s WGC-Champions event have criticised world No 1 Rory McIlroy and 14-times major winner Tiger Woods for turning down the chance to play in the tournament. REUTERS
The pair played in a lucrative head-to-head exhibition match on Monday at Jinsha Lake in China. McIlroy is now in Bulgaria watching his tennis-playing girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki competing while second-ranked Woods moved on to Singapore to fulfil corporate engagements.
“On the one hand we have by far and away the strongest field in Asia this year, 13 of the top 20 are here. But of course we are disappointed the top two are not here,” HSBC’s worldwide head of sponsorship Giles Morgan said. “We are looking at a true world golf championship. As a sponsor we can provide the prize money and all of the wonderful facilities for spectators, customers, the media etc. But the one thing you need of course is the players.”
Morgan emphasised how important it was for the sport’s main attractions to turn up to the big events outside the United States and Europe given the financial recession. “We believe very strongly in supporting golf around the world at all levels because we believe the sport has great potential to grow,” he explained. “But in order to showcase itself particularly in emerging markets for golf such as China we feel as many of the top players should be here.”
Morgan said that with so many sporting sponsors suffering during the recession, golfers should be wary of upsetting them. “Without the sponsors there isn’t professional golf and I speak on behalf of the industry,” he added. “Here in China we have built something very big, very quickly so we need to continue to try to invest and encourage people to play.”
“I feel very strongly as I know a number of sponsors do, that particularly in a downturn, particularly when there are financial difficulties around the world, that golf cannot be immune,” added Morgan. The $7 million WGC-Champions event starts on Thursday.