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Golf Talk Live - Tiger Woods Transcript Segment 1

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GOLF TALK LIVE - DECEMBER 18, 1996
TIGER WOODS

TEASE
HE WAS THE GREATEST AMATEUR SINCE THE PRIME OF BOBBY JONES. HE HAD THE MOST EAGERLY AWAITED PROFESSIONAL DEBUT SINCE THAT OF JACK NICKLAUS, HE'S GENERATING THE KIND OF EXCITEMENT THAT YOU TYPICALLY ASSOCIATE WITH ARNOLD PALMER. HE'S TIGER WOODS, MEET HIM TONIGHT ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

THE GREAT ONES, THE BRILLIANT ONES, THE CHOSEN FEW. THEY HAVE AN EXTRA GEAR, THEY HAVE A SIXTH SENSE AND THEY EXPLORE GOLFS 4TH DIMENSION. WHEN BOBBY JONES HAD TO MAKE AN 18 FOOTER ON THE 2ND TO LAST HOLE IN THE BRITISH AMATEUR, AT ST. ANDREWS TO KEEP THE 1930 GRAND SLAM ALIVE END HIS MATCH WITH SOLO TURY EVEN WITH ONE TO PLAY, HE KNEW IT WAS HIS DESTINY, THAT NO MATTER HOW HE HIT IT, IT WOULD FALL AND IT DID.

WHEN TIGER WOODS HAD A PUTT ON THE 2ND TO LAST HOLE OF REGULATION, TO KEEP HIS THIRD US AMATEUR DREAM ALIVE, HE KNEW THAT IT WAS HIS DESTINY THAT NO MATTER HOW HE HIT IT, IT WOULD FALL AND IT DID.

TIGER IS GOING WHERE FEW BEFORE HIM HAVE TRAVELED HE HAS ALREADY JOINED THE RANKS OF THE BEST 20 YEAR OLDS IN HISTORY ALONG SIDE YOUNG TOM MORRIS, JEAN SARAZEN, BOBBY JONES, JACK NICKLAUS, BALLESEROS, AND PHIL MICKELSON. HE SHOTS ON TELEVISION AS A BABY, HE WAS WINNING COMPETITIONS AT AGE 6. HE WON HUNDREDS OF TROPHIES BY AGE 12, HE WON 3 JUNIOR AMATEURS IN A ROW, FOLLOWED BY 3 US AMATEURS IN A ROW .

IN THESE 6 CHAMPIONSHIPS HE TRAILED IN EVERY FINAL AND WON EVERY ONE. THAT'S WHAT THE GREATEST ONES DO, THEY FIND A WAY TO WIN THEY DON'T BEAT THEMSELVES, THEY BEAT EVERYONE ELSE. HE HAD NO MORE AMATEUR WORLDS TO CONQUER AND SO HE TURNED PRO, HE WON 2 OF HIS FIRST 7 EVENTS AND HE ELECTRIFIED THE WORLD AND SET IT ON FIRE.

TIGER WOODS IS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR NOT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR BUT SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR. SPORTSMAN TRANSCEND PERFORMANCE, THEY EMBODY THE HIGHEST HUMAN QUALITIES LIKE GUTS, PERSEVERANCE, GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT AND SELFLESSNESS.

PETER KESSLER
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE, I'M PETER KESSLER AND THIS OF COURSE IS TIGER WOODS. GOOD TO SEE YOU MY FRIEND.

TIGER WOODS
THANKS PETER.

PETER KESSLER
THANKS FOR DROPPING BY.

TIGER WOODS
MY PLEASURE!

PETER KESSLER

I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT IT'S JUST ANOTHER TYPICAL YEAR IN THE LIFE OF YOUR AVERAGE TWENTY YEAR OLD.

TIGER WOODS

YEAH, REAL TYPICAL, HUH.

PETER KESSLER

DO YOU MISS BEING A KID?

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW, I GUESS THE ONLY THING I MISS IS BEING ABLE TO GO OUT, HANG OUT WITH MY FRIENDS, AND NOT HAVE TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS.

PETER KESSLER

DO YOU MISS THE RELATIVE NORMALCY OF COLLEGE?

TIGER WOODS

YEAH I DO, I MISS BEING ABLE TO GO TO MY FRIENDS PLACE, OR ANYBODY'S PLACE REALLY AND JUST HANG OUT LATE AT NIGHT SHOOT THE BULL HAVE A GOOD TIME. STUFF LIKE THAT NOW HAS COMPLETELY CHANGED I CAN'T EXACTLY DO THAT ANY MORE BECAUSE A LOT OF MY FRIENDS ARE IN SCHOOL AND I'M ON TOUR NOW. AND THAT'S PROBABLY THE MOST DIFFICULT PART ABOUT IT.

PETER KESSLER

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BE ON YOUR BEST BEHAVIOR NOW BECAUSE YOUR UNDER THE MICROSCOPE?

TIGER WOODS

AT TIMES, NOT ALWAYS BUT AT TIMES.

PETER KESSLER

SO YOU GET SOME CHANCES TO BE BAD?

TIGER WOODS

UNFORTUNATELY YES.

PETER KESSLER

TALKING ABOUT GOOD, HOW'S DAD DOING?

TIGER WOODS

DADS DOING PRETTY GOOD, HIS HEALTH IS SLOWLY BUT SURELY GETTING BETTER AND MY DAD IS VERY STUBBORN AND HIS STUBBORNNESS I THINK IS ACTUALLY BEING A POSITIVE THING BECAUSE WHEN HE CHANGES, HE'LL CHANGE AND STICK WITH IT.

PETER KESSLER

NOW HE'S UPSET ABOUT THE FOOD CHANGE RIGHT. I MEAN, HE CAN'T HAVE THE HIGH CHOLESTEROL BREAKFAST ANY MORE AND SOME OF THE OTHER STUFF.

TIGER WOODS

YEAH, THE STEAKS I THINK ARE LONG GONE BUT I THINK IT WILL BE GOOD FOR HIM IN THE LONG RUN, BUT THE SHORT RUN HE'S GOT TO QUITE SMOKING, CHANGE HIS DIET, DO ALL THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO, AFTER WHAT HE WENT THROUGH. AND THE ONLY THING I LOOK FORWARD TO HIS HAVING HIM AROUND FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS TO COME.

PETER KESSLER

WELL IT SOUNDS LIKE HE'S GOT THAT AS PART OF THE PLAN.

TIGER WOODS

GOD I HOPE SO.

PETER KESSLER

HOW'S HE FEELING ABOUT HIS DREAMS FOR YOU HAVING COME TRUE?

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW, I THINK HIS ONLY DREAM FOR ME WAS TO BE HAPPY. AND TO BE HONEST AND TO BE HAPPY, AND IF I WAS THOSE TWO THING THEN HIS DREAM WAS FULFILLED. I AM THAT, I'M TRUTHFUL TO PEOPLE, AND I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER, I'M DOING SOMETHING I LOVE TO DO EVERY DAY. I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND SAY WHAT AM I GOING TO DO TODAY AND I'M GOING TO GO PLAY GOLF. YOU KNOW FOR ME THAT'S SPECIAL BECAUSE NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD GET TO WAKE UP EVERY MORNING AND SAY THAT.

PETER KESSLER

ISN'T IT THERE FOR OKAY TO NOT FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO GROW UP RIGHT AWAY IF WHAT IN FACT YOUR DOING IS PLAYING OUR GAME IT IS AFTER ALL A GAME.

TIGER WOODS

IT IS A GAME AND I'M 20 AND YOUR ONLY YOUNG ONCE BUT YOU CAN BE IMMATURE FOREVER.

PETER KESSLER

ABSOLUTELY, I'M VERY GOOD AT THAT

TIGER WOODS

I KNOW YOU ARE.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT ARE YOUR, THANK YOU, WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS FOR YOU. WE KNOW YOUR DADS.

TIGER WOODS
YOU KNOW MY, I GUESS MY DREAMS IS EVERY ONE ALREADY KNOWS, ONE OF THEM IS TO BE THE BEST GOLFER. THAT I CAN BE BUT I GUESS AS I'VE GROWN UP AND HAVE MATURED AND GOTTEN MORE OF A PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE. ONE OF MY MAIN GOALS IS TO MAKE GOLF LOOK LIKE AMERICA.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

TIGER WOODS

I HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU SEE AT THE BALL PARK OR AT THE PLAY GROUND PLAYING HOOP WHO ARE OF ALL DIFFERENT RACES.

PETER KESSLER

EVERY WHERE YOU GO.

TIGER WOODS

THEY GATHER EVERYWHERE AND THEY JUST DO IT. AND I WANT GOLF TO BE THE SAME WAY, IT'S SUCH A GREAT GAME WHY LIMIT IT TO JUST A FEW, WHEN IT CAN BE ENJOYED BY ALL.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU CAN REALLY DO, TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. I MEAN YOUR DAD HAS A PLAN FOR YOU THINKS THAT YOUR GOING TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT MAN THAT EVER LIVED. THEY SAID YOU MEAN MORE SO THEN GANDHI, AND LINCOLN, AND JESUS AND HE SAID YES HE'S GOT THE POWER TO HAVE A BIGGER IMPACT. NOW CAN YOU DO THAT OR ARE YOUR DREAMS SLIGHTLY MORE MODEST?

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT'S JUST A DAD SPEAKING, A PROUD FATHER, BUT.

PETER KESSLER

BUT NOT EVERY DAD SAYS EXACTLY THAT.

TIGER WOODS

NO, NOT EVERY DAD SAY'S THAT, BUT I KNOW WHERE MY DADS COMING FROM AND DEEP DOWN IN HIS HEART, HE TRULY BELIEVES THAT I CAN CHANGE A LOT OF THINGS FOR THE POSITIVE. AND AS TIME PROGRESS' I'M GOING TO TRY MY DARNDEST TO DO THAT AND TRY AND BASICALLY GIVE KIDS IN THE INNER CITY, OR IN ANY CITY REALLY THE CHANCE TO PLAY A BEAUTIFUL GAME AND NOT ONLY THAT A LOT OF KIDS IN THE INNER CITY HAVE BEEN PUT DOWN SO YOU CAN'T DO THIS, YOU CAN'T PERFORM YOU CAN'T GO TO THIS SCHOOL BECAUSE YOUR JUST NOT SOCIALLY YOU DON'T HAVE THE STATUS EXCEPTABLE TO DO THAT. YOU KNOW , YOU CAN'T, YOU CAN'T IT'S JUST THE MAIN THEME AND THEY'VE HAVE BEEN PUT DOWN FOR SO LONG AND ONE OF MY GOAL IS TO. WHAT WERE WORKING ON A PROGRAM NOW TO WRITE UP A PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE ON HOW WE CAN GO INTO THE INNER CITY AND BUILD THESE KIDS SELF ESTEEMS UP AND WELL AS GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY GOLF.

PETER KESSLER

BUT YOU CAN'T DO THAT BY YOURSELF .

TIGER WOODS

NO, NO, NO.

PETER KESSLER

YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO GET THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE.

TIGER WOODS

YES, WE'RE WORKING ON THAT NOW. WE HAVE OUR SMALL CLUSTER OF PEOPLE THAT I TRUST AND THEY'RE WORKING ON THE RIGHT PAPER WORK RIGHT NOW AND GETTING EVERYTHING SQUARED AWAY AND THEN IN 97 IT'S GOING TO KICK OFF.

PETER KESSLER

LET'S GO BACK TO WHEN YOU WERE A KID FOR A SECOND, DO YOU REMEMBER.

TIGER WOODS

I'M NOT A KID ANYMORE?

PETER KESSLER

WELL WHEN YOU WERE. WHEN YOU WERE

TIGER WOODS

IN MY YOUNGER DAYS RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER

WELL WHEN YOU WERE SHORTER AND IN SHORTER PANTS. DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN AND THE TROUBLE YOU HAD?

TIGER WOODS

AH, VAGUELY.

PETER KESSLER

VAGUELY, DO YOU REMEMBER IT BEING TOUGH AND BEING TREATED AS AN OUTSIDER A LITTLE BIT?

TIGER WOODS

YEAH, I WAS ALWAYS TREATED AS AN OUTSIDER. BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY I GREW UP IT WAS BASICALLY JUST A MIDDLE CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT IT WAS A PREDOMINATELY WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD, I SAY IT WAS AN ALL WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD.

PETER KESSLER

WEREN'T YOU THE FIRST BLACK FAMILY?

TIGER WOODS

WE WERE THE FIRST AND ONLY FOR MANY YEARS. AND WE HAD A LOT OF PROBLEMS AND I BEEN DENIED A LOT OF THING JUST BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF MY SKIN, WHETHER IT'S AT SCHOOL, SOCIALLY, OR AT GOLF IT'S JUST THE WAY IT WAS AND IT DOESN'T MAKE IT RIGHT, AND I JUST HAVE LEARNED TO GROW WITH IT OR GROW THROUGH IT.

PETER KESSLER

NOW YOU MEANT, THAT'S A BIG CHANGE FROM FEELING LIKE YOU'VE BEEN OSTRICHSIZED BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN TO THE STATEMENT, FOR EXAMPLE THAT YOU RELEASED AT THE MASTERS, IN 95 THAT THIS WASN'T ABOUT COLOR, AND THIS WASN'T ABOUT RACE, AND THIS WASN'T ABOUT ETHNICITY BUT THIS WAS ABOUT YOU BEING AN AMERICAN GOLFER. HOW DID YOU GO FROM BEING OSTRICHSIZED, TO THAT NEW KIND OF THOUGHT WHICH IS A REAL ONE 80?

TIGER WOODS

WELL, IT WAS SO MANY PEOPLE IN AROUND ME, ACTUALLY NOT AROUND ME BASICALLY THE MEDIA IN GENERAL HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT I WAS BLACK AND THE REASON WHY I COULDN'T STAND THAT IS BECAUSE IF YOU SAY THAT I AM PURELY BLACK THEN YOU ARE INSULTING MY MOM.

PETER KESSLER

RIGHT!

TIGER WOODS

AND THAT IS WRONG, I WILL NOT EXCEPT IT, I WILL NOT PUT UP WITH IT BECAUSE I LOVE MY MOM. SO I RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING HEY I'M ANOTHER RACE TOO AS WELL, I'M ASIAN FROM MY MOM'S SIDE AND I JUST WANT TO BE TREATED AS A GOLFER. THAT'S JUST WHAT THAT WAS AND IT WAS JUST TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO SEE THAT I DO HAVE A MOM, ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I DO HAVE A MOM AND .

PETER KESSLER

YOUR THE ONLY 20 YEAR OLD THAT'S EVER DONE THAT, I THINK..

TIGER WOODS

EXACTLY, YOU KNOW BUT I THINK THAT IT NEEDED TO BE SAID BECAUSE I WAS IN A POSITION TO DO IT AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE WITH IT AND IT'S MADE MY LIFE A LOT EASIER AND IT'S MADE MY MOM'S AS WELL.

PETER KESSLER

WELL I'M GETTING A STRONG FEELING THAT GOLFERS THINK OF YOU AS A GOLFER. WERE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK , WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH TIGER WOODS DON'T GO AWAY.

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