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Golf Talk Live - Tiger Woods Transcript Segment 7

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PETER KESSLER

TIGER IS HAVING SO MUCH FUN THAT HE'S GOING TO STAY WITH US FOR ANOTHER 30 MINUTES AND WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND TALK TO BERT IN ILLINOIS, HELLO BERT! FIRE AWAY IT'S ALL YOURS.

PHONE CALLER BERT

HI I'M A YOUNG 15 YEAR OLD GOLFER AND I WANT TO KNOW WHAT SHOULD I DO TO BECOME MORE ACTIVE IN ILLINOIS TO BECOME MORE OF A JUNIOR GOLFER ?

TIGER WOODS

BECOME MORE OF A JUNIOR GOLFER, IF YOU HAVE A I'M SURE YOU HAVE A STATE ASSOCIATION. A GREAT TOURNAMENT TO PLAY IN IS THE I GREW UP PLAYING IT I WAS CALLED THE BIG I, OR IYGC INSURANCE YOUTH GOLF CLASSIC. WHERE THEY HAVE LOCAL STATE QUALIFYING WHERE YOU GO ONTO NATIONALS A TOURNAMENTS LIKE THAT ARE JUST GREAT. OR YOU HAVE THE AJGA WHICH IS NATIONWIDE , AMERICAN JUNIOR GOLF ASSOCIATION THEY PLAY AT SOME OF THE BEST GOLF COURSES IN THE COUNTRY AND YOU HAVE SOME OF THE BEST FIELDS IN JUNIOR GOLF WITHOUT A DOUBT IN THE COUNTRY AND AT THESE SIGHTS YOU'LL LEARN A LOT.

PETER KESSLER

YOU'VE BEEN GETTING PARTICULARLY THIS YEAR AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF
AWARDS AS RECENTLY AS YESTERDAY, A WELL DESERVED SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR. GIVEN HOW MUCH AND HOW QUICKLY THESE THINGS ARE COMING AT YOU HOW DO YOU KEEP PERSPECTIVE IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY MEAN. IS IT ARE THEY THE BASIS UPON WHICH ONE MEASURES SUCCESS OR DO YOU JUST SET THAT ASIDE AND KNOW THAT THE THING THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IS WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'VE DONE.

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW IT'S YOUR SECOND PART. FOR ME I CAN'T UNDERSTAND OR COMPREHEND, OR APPRECIATE THE AWARD I GET LIKE THE SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR IT'S GOING TO TAKE TIME, BECAUSE WHEN YOUR IN THE HOLE IT'S HARD TO SEE OUT OF THE HOLE. YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND THE CLEAR PERSPECTIVE ON IT, BUT FOR ME NO MATTER WHAT AWARDS I RECEIVE OR WHAT ATTENTION I GET THE ONE THING I HAVE TO DO IS I GOT TO STILL HIT THE SHOT, NO MATTER WHAT.

PETER KESSLER

BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY THEN WHEN YOU GO TO SLEEP, THE IMPORTANT THING IS WHETHER YOU THINK YOU'VE GIVEN EVERYTHING THAT TIGER HAS TO GIVE AND IF THAT WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN WOULD YOU STILL FEEL GREAT ABOUT YOU?

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW IF ONE THING I KNOW FOR A FACT I WILL GIVE IT MY ALL IN EVERY TOURNAMENT, THAT'S NOT A QUESTION IT'S WHETHER I MADE A DUMB MENTAL MISTAKE OR NOT, PHYSICALLY I KNOW I'M GOING TO MAKE MISTAKES AND I KNOW I'M GOING TO LOSE TOURNAMENTS THAT
WAY JUST BECAUSE I'M HUMAN, I'M GOING TO MAKE PHYSICAL MISTAKES BUT MENTAL MISTAKES YOU CAN SOME WHAT ELIMINATE AND JACK NICKLAUS WAS THE BEST AT IT HE DIDN'T MAKE TOO MANY MENTAL MISTAKES EVER AND A IF YOU CAN CUT DOWN ON YOUR MENTAL MISTAKES THAT'S WHEN YOU BECOME A GREAT PLAYER.

PETER KESSLER

WELL JACK HAS SAID ABOUT YOU IS THAT YOU HAVE THE BEST GOLF SWING HE'S EVER SEEN WHICH MUST BE A SCARY THING IN MUCH WAYS TO HERE GIVEN WHAT IT REPRESENTS IN TERMS OF THE GREATEST PLAYER WHO EVER LIVED IN TERMS OF HIS PLAYING RECORD EXPECTS FROM YOU.

TIGER WOODS
YOU KNOW IT JACK SEES A LOT OF HIMSELF IN ME BECAUSE I CAN HIT THE BALL A LONG WAYS, I PLAY A DIFFERENT GOLF COURSE THAN A LOT OF PLAYERS JUST THE WAY HE DID IN HIS PRIME, WHAT BUNKER BLOW IT RIGHT OVER THE CORNER, WHAT TREES, WHAT LAKE HE JUST TOOK THEM RIGHT OVER THE CORNER. AND IF THE GREENS WERE FIRM NO BIG DEAL HE JUST HIT STRAIGHT UP IN THE AIR SO HE HAD A TREMENDOUS ADVANTAGE AND HE'S SEES THAT SAME ADVANTAGE IN ME. IF I COULD HARNESS MY MENTAL TALENTS THE WAY HE DID THEN HOPEFULLY I CAN ACCOMPLISH SOME WHAT THE SAME THINGS HE HAS.

PETER KESSLER

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HE DID GREAT THAT PEOPLE DON'T GENERALLY PERCEIVE AS HAVING HAPPEN IS THAT THEY KNOW ON PAR 5'S BECAUSE OF HIS DISTANCE HE HAD A TREMENDOUS ADVANTAGE ON HIS FIRST AND ON HIS
SECOND SHOT BUT PEOPLE DIDN'T REALIZE I THINK GENERALLY HOW MUCH OF AN ADVANTAGE IT WAS ON PAR 3 HOLES WHERE HE COULD HIT 2 OR 3 CLUBS LESS ON A VERY TIGHT LITTLE GREENS AND TOUGH PIN POSITIONS MUCH HIGHER, MUCH SOFTER AND HAVE IT SIT DOWN ISN'T THAT AN ADVANTAGE FOR YOU TOO?

TIGER WOODS

THAT'S A HUGE ADVANTAGE . I THINK THE BIGGEST ADVANTAGE ACTUALLY ARE ON PAR 4'S. PAR 4'S WHICH ARE LIKE 420, I HIT A LOT OF 2 IRONS OR 3 WOODS OF THE TEES, AND IF I LEAVE MYSELF 180 THAT'S NO BIG DEAL BECAUSE I CAN HIT A 7 OR 6 IRON INTO THE GREEN. WHERE A LOT OF PLAYERS ARE HITTING MORE STICK AND THEY HAVE TO HIT DRIVERS ON THESE HOLES TO TRY AND GET IT DOWN THERE AND WHEN YOU HIT DRIVER ON CERTAIN HOLES YOUR GOING TO SPRAY IT EVERY
NOW AND AGAIN. MY MARGIN FOR ERROR IS A LOT GREATER SO THERE FOR WHEN I STEP UP AND PLAY 465 YARD PAR 4'S OR 480 WHATEVER THEY ARE THE LONG ONES I'LL HIT DRIVER DOWN THERE AND I'LL PROBABLY HIT 5 IRON, 4 IRON AT MOST WHERE A LOT OF GUYS ARE SOMETIMES HITTING LUMBER FOR THE SECOND SHOT.

PETER KESSLER

WHICH IS WHY I FOUND IT SURPRISING THAT OTHER PEOPLE WERE AMAZED IN THE OPEN LAS T YEAR IN THE FIRST ROUND, THAT YOU GOT OFF TO SUCH AN INCREDIBLE START THEY THINK OF YOU AS A BIGGER HITTER WHO NEEDS THE KIND OF ROOM THAT AUGUSTA NATIONAL PROVIDES AND OF COURSE THAT'S A PERFECT MENU FOR YOU BUT OPEN COURSE THAT'S GOT LOTS OF LONG PAR 4'S WITH VERY NARROW FAIRWAYS IS AN IDEAL PLACE FOR YOU ISN'T IT BECAUSE IN FACT YOU CAN HIT A IRON WERE OTHER GUYS NEED TO HIT A WOOD TO BE ABLE TO GET INTO THE GREEN.

TIGER WOODS

EXACTLY, EXACTLY LOOK AT JACK WHEN HE PLAYED ANY OF HIS MAJORS ESPECIALLY US OPENS HE RARELY EVER HIT DRIVERS ALWAYS HIS 3 WOOD THAT WAS HIS LITTLE PET HE ALWAYS USED IT ON JUST ABOUT EVERY PAR 4 OR A LOT OF PAR 5 JUST TO KEEP THE BALL IN PLAY AND THEN YOU CAN ATTACK BUT YOU KNOW FOR ME AT OAKLAND HILLS I USED A LOT OF 2 IRONS OF THE TEES. I HAVE THIS SHOT WHERE I CAN TRACK IT DOWN AND SQUEEZE OUT THERE SOMETIMES ABOUT 270 AND WHEN I'M ABLE TO DO THAT MAKES IT A LOT EASIER FOR ME TO CONTROL THEN HITTING A DRIVER IN JUST A LITTLE NARROW NECK, WHERE I CAN SQUEEZE A LITTLE 2 IRON AND RUN IT OUT THERE AND I'LL STILL HAVE A MAJOR MID TO SHORT IRON IN THE GREEN.

PETER KESSLER

AND ALL THAT OF COURSE MEANS THAT THERE ISN'T A SITE THAT ISN'T TERRIFIC FOR YOU WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE THAT BUILT IN ADVANTAGE. BOBBY JONES WON WHAT WAS FOR HIM IN 1930 THE GRAND SLAM THE 2 AMATEURS AND THE 2 OPENS. IN 53 HOGAN WON THE 3 MAJORS HE PLAYED IN AND DIDN'T PLAY IN THE PGA BECAUSE 36 HOLES A DAY WAS TOO MUCH FOR HIS RECENTLY BRUISED AND BATTERED LEGS. NICKLAUS AND PALMER BOTH WON THE FIRST 2 LEGS IN 72 AND 60 RESPECTIVELY CAN IT BE DONE AND CAN YOU DO IT?

TIGER WOODS

CAN I DO IT, HUH NOT IN THE NEAR FUTURE CAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS I NEED TO DEVELOP IN ORDER TO HAVE ANY KIND OF THOUGHT OF OBTAINING THAT KIND OF ACCOMPLISHMENT. BUT I KNOW THERE WILL COME A TIME WHERE THERE WILL BE A PLAYER THAT IT WON'T BE IMPROBABLE OR EVEN INPERCIEVABLE THAT IT CAN HAPPEN. WHERE HE CAN GO OUT THERE AND PLAY A GOLF COURSE WHERE HE'S LONG ENOUGH OR HE CAN HIT THE IRONS OFF THE TEES SO LEAVE HIMSELF WHERE HE CAN ATTACK OR ON PAR 4'S WHERE HE CAN EVEN DRIVE OR TAKE TROUBLE COMPLETELY OUT OF PLAY.

PETER KESSLER

BUT IF NOT YOU WHO?

TIGER WOODS

I DON'T KNOW MAYBE SOMEONE FOLLOWING RIGHT BEHIND ME, THERE ARE A LOT OF PLAYERS COMING UP. WITHIN THE NEXT TEN YEARS OR SO YOUR GOING TO SEE A INFLUX OF A LOT OF GOOD YOUNG PLAYERS.

PETER KESSLER

SOME OF THAT IS DO TO YOUR INFLUENCE LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO CHASE IN NORTH CAROLINA, HELLO CHASE.

PHONE CALLER CHASE

HEY!

PETER KESSLER

HEY, WHAT ARE YOU DOING CHASE?

PHONE CALLER CHASE

NOTHING MUCH

PETER KESSLER

SAY HI TO TIGER.

PHONE CALLER CHASE

AH YEAH TIGER I'M 13 AND YOUR ONE OF MY ROLL MODELS. I WAS WONDERING HOW YOU STAY SO CONSISTENT?

TIGER WOODS

HOW DID I STAY SO CONSISTENT. I GUESS ONE IS I HAVE THE FIRE AND THE DRIVE IF NO ONE WOULD EVER PUTT IT THIS WAY. ONE I WOULD NEVER QUIT AND I WOULD NEVER TAKE FAILURE AS AN EXCEPTANCE I WOULD ALWAYS LEARN FROM MY FAILURES AND MOVE ON AND APPLY THEM LATER AND I THINK THAT'S THE KEY THAT'S HOW YOU CAN STAY CONSISTENT IF YOU COULD LEARN FROM EVERY ROUND THAT YOU PLAY WHETHER IT'S A WEEKEND ROUND WITH YOUR BUDDIES OR AFTER SCHOOL OR IN A TOURNAMENT IF YOU CAN LEARN FROM EACH AND EVERY ROUND SOMETHING THEN YOU CAN ALWAYS APPLY THAT LATER WHEN YOU REALLY NEED IT.

PETER KESSLER

YOU KNOW THERE'S A PART OF YOU THAT'S VERY MUCH OLDER AND WISER THAN 20. WERE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK, AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH TIGER WOODS.

(SHORT BREAK)

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