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Golf Talk Live - Tiger Woods Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER

WELCOME BACK TO GOLF TALK LIVE. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO ONE OF OUR MANY VIEWERS, WE HAVE ROY IN VIRGINIA, HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT ROY?

PHONE CALLER, ROY

I'M FINE PETER, HOW ARE YOU DOING?

PETER KESSLER

I'M DOING GREAT! PLEASE SAY HI TO TIGER.

PHONE CALLER, ROY

HI TIGER.

TIGER WOODS

HOWDY!

PHONE CALLER , ROY

I JUST WANTED TO ASK YOU IF YOU HAD AN RECOLLECTION'S ABOUT THAT NOW FAMOUS 9 HOLE ROUND, YOU WERE 4, AND YOU SHOT IN THE 40'S.

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW, I STILL ABSOLUTELY HAVE NO RECOLLECTION WHAT SO EVER. MY ONLY RECOLLECTION OF BEING THAT YOUNG WAS WHEN I WAS 3 I PLAYED IN A PITCH, PUTT AND DRIVE FOR 10 AND UNDER AND IT WAS AT MILES SQUARE GOLF PARK, IT WAS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. AND I FINISHED 3RD IN THE 10 AND UNDER AGE DIVISION, AGE 3 , AND I REMEMBER GETTING THE TROPHY AND IT WAS ALMOST AS BIG AS I WAS, AND I WAS JUST SO PROUD OF THAT AND THAT MOMENT.

PETER KESSLER

WHEN YOU WERE ALSO YOUNG , IS IT TRUE THAT YOUR DAD USE TO PUT YOU THROUGH A REGIME WHERE HE WOULD CLICK THE BRAKE ON THE CART AND DROP CLUBS AT THE TOP OF YOUR SWING AND ROLL BALLS AT YOUR FEET AND YOU HAD TO JUST HANG IN AND GETTING READY FOR ALL THE STUFF THAT'S HAPPENING.

TIGER WOODS

WELL ACTUALLY THAT ONLY HAPPEN WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BIT OLDER. I THINK I WAS ABOUT 13, YEAH 13 I TOLD MY POP, I SAID POP I NEED TO GET TOUGHER, AND I KNOW WHAT YOU'VE GONE THROUGH HAS MADE YOU AVERY TOUGH AND YOU KNOW ALL THOSE PSYCHOLOGICAL DEBRIEFINGS, AND PLOY TO USE BECAUSE HE WAS AN X GREEN BERATE AND HE HAD TO GO THROUGH ALL THAT AND I SAID PUT SOME OF THAT STUFF ON ME AND IT'S GOING TO BE HARDER ON ME AT FIRST, AND I KNOW THAT AND I TOLD HIM ALL THIS AND HE WAS KIND OF SHOCKED THAT I ACTUALLY DID IT, I SAID BUT I NEED IT CAUSE I WANT TO BE TOUGHER AND HE DID IT AND IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE HE'D BRING ME TO THE EDGE AND THEN BACK OFF, AND BRING ME TO THE EDGE, AND BACK OFF AND IT ABOUT 6 MONTHS OF THIS GOT TO THE POINT, WHERE HE WOULD START TO TRY AND DO IT AND I'D JUST LAUGH AT HIM CAUSE IT DIDN'T WORK ANYMORE.

PETER KESSLER

IF YOU EVER NEED THAT AGAIN I'VE GOT THREE GUYS I PLAY WITH ON SATURDAYS, THAT'S ALL THEY DO, THEY CLICK BRAKES THEY MAKE NOISE TOP OF EVERY BACK SWING AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO ASK THEM TO DO IT.

TIGER WOODS

BUT MY DAD WAS A LITTLE MORE INSIDIOUS THAN THAT. HE DID SOME PRETTY TOUGH STUFF.

PETER KESSLER

LIKE.

TIGER WOODS

NO COMMENT!

PETER KESSLER

REALLY THAT NASTY.

TIGER WOODS

YEAH, IT WAS PRETTY TOUGH BUT, IT WAS NEVER IN A BAD NATURED WAY. IT WAS ALWAYS S IN A WAY THAT HE NEVER DEGRADED YOU AS A PERSON JUST WHAT YOU DID AND YOUR ACTIONS HE WOULD NEVER GET INTO YOUR PERSONALITY, NOTHING LIKE THAT. JUST TRYING TO HIT A SHOT AND HE'D BE PULLING ALL KINDS OF STUFF, JUST SAYING STUFF TO YOU AND IT WOULD BE LIKE, WOW I GOT TO HIT THIS SHOT NOW.

PETER KESSLER

GOD I WAS GOING TO TRY AND PLAY WITH THIS, THIS WEEKEND HE'S OUT LETS GO AHEAD AND TALK TO DAN IN FLORIDA, HELLO DAN.

PHONE CALLER , DAN

HI PETER, GREAT SHOW.

PETER KESSLER

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US

PHONE CALLER , DAN

TIGER CONGRATULATES ON ALL OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

TIGER WOODS

THANK YOU.

PHONE CALLER , DAN

TIGER WHEN I HAVE WATCHED YOU HIT THE OCCASIONAL MISS HIT SHOT TO THE RIGHT OF THE TARGET YOU HAVE SAID TO YOURSELF YOU GOT STUCK, COULD YOU PLEASE SHOW ME WHAT CAUSES THAT TENDENCY IN YOUR SWING AND WHAT DO YOU WORK ON TO RESOLVE THAT PROBLEM?

TIGER WOODS

OKAY, IN MY SWING, GETTING STUCK IS CAUSED BY, IN FACT, I HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF HIP SPEED AND MY HIPS FIRE TOO QUICKLY AND MY ARMS DROP BEHIND ME AND BASICALLY MY RIGHT ELBOW RUNS RIGHT INTO MY BODY. I'VE ACTUALLY HAD TIMES WHERE IN TOURNAMENTS MY RIGHT ELBOW CLIPS MY HIP AND I'VE ACTUALLY TRIED TO SQUARE THE CLUB UP WITH MY HANDS YOU DO ENOUGH OF THIS, THIS IS NOT GOOD. AND FOR ME I'VE LEARNED THROUGH BUTCHES TEACHINGS IS THAT FOR ME IN ORDER TO NOT DO THAT IS TO KEEP MY LEFT ARM AS STRAIGHT AS POSSIBLE AT THE TOP OF MY GOLF SWING OR KEEP THE CLUB WAY OUT AWAY FROM ME SO THAT WHEN I COME DOWN I HAVE THE ROOM TO CLEAR MY HIPS AND HAVE MY ARMS FOLLOW IN FRONT OF MY BODY INSTEAD OF BEHIND ME.

PETER KESSLER

NOW, ONE OF THOSE MOVES THAT COST YOU ROUGHLY, A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS I FIGURED WAS WHEN JOHN PULLED THE DRIVER OUT FOR YOU, WHEN I'LL BET FLUFF WOULD OF PULLED OUT THE 3 IRON AT THE SKINS GAME ON A HOLE THAT IF YOU WOULD HAVE JUST KNOCKED IT INTO PLAY, INSTEAD OF HITTING THAT DRIVER YOU HAD A LITTLE SAND WEDGE LEFT IF YOU GET INTO PLAY AND IT PROBABLY GOES ANOTHER HOLE OR TWO.

TIGER WOODS

SO WHAT DEAL WAS IS THAT IN THE PRO AM I ACTUALLY WENT FOR IT I MEAN IT WAS INTO THE WIND AND I HIT IT PIN HIGH THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO WIND AND I KNEW IF I HIT IT SOLID, IF ALL I HAD TO DO WAS TO MAKE SOLID CONTACT AT THE GREEN AND I COULD ACTUALLY KNOCK THE BALL OVER THE GREEN, THAT WHAT WE WERE DEBATING. WHETHER OR NOT TO HIT A SOFT DRAW OR A HARD CUT TO TAKE SOME DISTANCE OFF THE SHOT.

PETER KESSLER

NOW HOW LONG WAS THE SHOT?

TIGER WOODS

IT WAS AH, I THINK IT WAS LIKE 328, TO THE HOLE.

PETER KESSLER

SO A VERY SHORT PAR 4 , THAT ALL OF US COULD OF HIT WITH AN 8 IRON.

TIGER WOODS

IT WAS SHORT PAR 4, EXACTLY YOU COULD OF DONE IT.

PETER KESSLER

ABSOLUTELY, 3 IRON

TIGER WOODS

EXACTLY YOU WOULD HAVE MADE IT WITH NO PROBLEM.

PETER KESSLER

3 IRON OR BIG 4 MAYBE, SO WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM?

TIGER WOODS

THE PROBLEM WAS THAT AS I CAME DOWN AND AS USUAL I GOT STUCK BECAUSE I'M PROTECTING AGAINST GOING IN THE WATER AT ALL.

PETER KESSLER

IF THAT WAS USUAL YOU WOULDN'T BE HERE. USUAL IS YOU KNOCK IT DOWN THE MIDDLE AND.

TIGER WOODS

NO, NO, NO.

PETER KESSLER

YOU KNOCK IT ON THE GREEN, YOU MAKE A 64 AND EVERYBODY GOES CRAZY.

TIGER WOODS

NO, IF YOU EVER LOOK AT ME PLAY I HIT THE BALL ALL OVER THE MAP AND I FOR SOME REASON I CAN GET THE BALL OUT OF TROUBLE CAUSE I GET IT IN THERE SO I CAN ALWAYS GET IT OUT, AND FOR SOME HOW WEED IT AROUND AND SCRAMBLE AND SHOOT SOME KIND OF GOOD NUMBER.

PETER KESSLER

NOW ALL OF YOUR USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS, ALL 6 OF THEM YOU WERE BEHIND, IN EVERY SINGLE MATCH AND IT REMINDED ME OF SOMETHING PHIL MICKELSON SAID EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT ON THURSDAY'S AND FRIDAY'S HE WAS GOING TO WORK HARDER TO MAKE SURE THAT HE DIDN'T HAVE TO MAKE UP TOO MUCH GROUND ON THE WEEKENDS THAT HE WOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION STARTING ON THE FIRST HOLE ON THURSDAY . DO YOU THINK IN SOME OF THOSE MATCHES YOU START OFF BY SEEING WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AND THEN HAVE TO FIGHT BACK DOES YOUR MIND SET CHANGE?

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW, FOR SOME REASON GETTING OUT IN THOSE, FOR SOME REASON, I'VE ALWAYS NATURALLY BEEN A SLOW STARTER, I'M NEVER ONE WHO JUMPS RIGHT OUT OF THE BLOCK USUALLY AND MAKE A WHOLE BUNCH OF BIRDIES RIGHT AWAY. I GET MY MOMENTUM AND THEN PLAY WELL IN THE BACK NINE AND A LOT OF THE TIMES I ACTUALLY RUN INTO A BUZZ SAW IN THE FIRST NINE HOLES, IN JUNIORS THE GUY THAT PLAYED REALLY WELL I REMEMBER BRAD ZUETSKI I THINK HE WAS 3 OR 4 UNDER AFTER 6 HOLES, I WAS DOWN EARLY, I WAS PLAYING WELL BUT I WAS GETTING MY ASS BEAT BUT THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS . YOU SAY AGAINST TRIPP KEENE WHEN HE WAS 7 UNDER AFTER 13 HOLES. SO IT'S PARTLY MY FAULT THAT I DO SOMETIMES START OFF SLOW BUT THEN AGAIN IT'S ALSO SOME OF THEIR FAULT FOR PLAYING REALLY WELL AND BEATING ME.

PETER KESSLER

HOW COULD THEY DO THAT. NOW, GOLF'S A GAME WHERE IT'S HARD TO MAKE STUFF HAPPEN IN A GAME WHERE IT'S MUCH EASIER TO ALLOW IT TO OCCUR BUT IT SEEMS LIKE CLEARLY PARTICULARLY IN THE LAST 3 YEARS IN THE AMATEUR THAT YOU MADE SOMETHING HAPPEN .

TIGER WOODS

RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER

BECAUSE IT WAS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL WHAT DO YOU THINK IT IS INSIDE YOU THAT YOU PULL OUT IN THOSE MOMENTS TO MAKE THE SUPER HUMAN RESULT OCCUR?

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW, I THINK IT BOILS DOWN TO ONE IS MY PRE SHOT ROUTINE. I DO THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER AGAIN SO I'VE DONE IT SO MANY TIMES THAT I THINK IT STEMS FROM BEING A LITTLE KID AND THE FACT THAT I NEVER QUIT IN ANY OF MY ROUNDS, I QUIT ONE TIME AND MY DAD AND I HAD A LECTURE ABOUT IT AND THAT'S THE ONLY TIME I EVER QUIT IN MY ENTIRE LIFE IN GOLF PERIOD. AND I WILL STRUGGLE MY BUTT OFF I WILL CONCENTRATE , I WILL TRY AND IF I SHOOT 90, I SHOOT 90 BUT I'VE NEVER QUIT AND IN THOSE TIMES WHEN I ABSOLUTELY HAD TO PULL SOMETHING OUT FOR SOME REASON I'VE DONE IT SOME MANY TIMES I DON'T HAVE TO CHANGE ANYTHING IT JUST HAPPENS NATURALLY BECAUSE I'VE DONE IT AGAIN, AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN I'VE NEVER QUIT, SO WHEN PEOPLE THINK I'M GOING TO QUIT, IT'S OPPOSITE I STAY THE SAME I ALWAYS HANG IN THERE AND FOR SOME REASON I DIG DOWN DEEP.

PETER KESSLER

AND THERE'S PLENTY THERE TO DIG APPARENTLY. WERE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH TIGER.

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