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In His Own Words - Tiger Woods 97 Masters Part 2

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SCOTT VAN PELT
 
LET'S GO TO SATURDAY NIGHT. I UNDERSTAND YOU PLAYED SOME PING PONG WITH SOME FRIENDS. PLAYED SOME MORTAL COMBAT WHICH IS
 
TIGER WOODS
 
OH YEAH
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
THAT'S THE WAY YOU GOT TO WARM UP FOR A, TO, TO WIN A MAJOR. PROBABLY, ONE OF THE FIRST TIMES THAT'S BEEN PART OF THE PREPARATION.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
OH... YEAH
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
WAS THE RELAXATION OF THAT NIGHT PERHAPS GREATER BECAUSE OF THE, THE SIZE OF THE LEAD?
 
TIGER WOODS
 
NO I JUST DID THE SAME THINGS. WE, WE'VE BEEN PLAYING PING PONG, SHOOTING HOOP AND PLAYING VIDEO GAMES THE ENTIRE WEEK
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
MHMM
 
TIGER WOODS
 
AND THAT'S JUST SOMETHING I LIKE TO DO
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
SURE
 
TIGER WOODS
 
JUST RELAXING. HAVING FUN WITH MY FRIENDS AND... THE TOURNAMENT'S OVER. I MEAN TOURNAMENT'S AT THE GOLF COURSE. I'M AT HOME AND YOU'VE GOT TO LEAVE IT, YOU'VE GOT TO LEAVE IT AT THE GOLF COURSE AND I, I LEFT IT AT THE GOLF COURSE AND I CAME HOME AND I WAS WITH MY FRIENDS AND I WAS WITH MY FAMILY BUT I... AS MY DAD AND I TALKED ABOUT IT ON SATURDAY NIGHT, THIS IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE THE HARDEST 18 HOLES YOU'VE EVER PLAYED IN YOUR LIFE.
 
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SCOTT VAN PELT
 
YOUR FATHER SAID IT MIGHT BE THE MOST DIFFICULT 18 HOLES YOU'D EVER PLAYED. TAKE, TAKE US, TAKE US TO SUNDAY. I MEAN YOU CAN LEAVE OUT THE DETAILS OF HOW MANY YOU KNOW BANANAS YOU PUT
 
TIGER WOODS
 
RIGHT
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
ON YOUR CORN FLAKES BUT I MEAN YOU'RE, YOU'RE GOING TO AUGUSTA AND CLEARLY NOW, THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT WE'RE ABOUT TO WITNESS HISTORY. I MEAN WE, YOU CAN'T FORGET WHAT HAPPENED TO NORMAN SO NOTHING'S A DONE DEAL BUT HISTORY IS UPON US.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YOU GET YOUR, YOU GET YOUR GAME FACE ON. LET'S GO AND I WAS JUST KIND OF YELLING AT MYSELF... ON THE PUTTING GREEN, ON THE RANGE TO REALLY GET MYSELF FOCUSED, PSYCHED UP AND, AND LET'S GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD. LET'S GO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS. IF YOU DON'T TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS RIGHT NOW, THAT GREEN JACKET CEREMONY WILL NEVER HAPPEN.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
AS THEY'VE SAID IN THE PAST, THE BACK 9 ON SUNDAY IS WHERE THE MASTER'S IS WON BUT NOW THIS WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A VICTORY PARADE. IT WAS UH
 
TIGER WOODS
 
I, I, I GUESS BUT I, I DIDN'T REALLY LOOK AT IT THAT WAY BECAUSE I'M PLAYING
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
MHMM. MAYBE IT'S EASIER FOR US TO SEE
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YEAH
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
BECAUSE WE'RE WATCHING IT
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YOU, YOU GUYS ARE WATCHING. I'M PLAYING AND I'M LOOKING AND I SAID 'GEE THIS IS WHERE I COULD LOOSE IT RIGHT HERE'. I FIGURED, WHEN I STARTED DOWN TEN, I SAID LET'S, LET'S GET OUT OF HERE WITH A PUTTER. LET'S JUST GET OUT OF HERE WITH A PUTTER. IF YOU MAKE BIRDIE YOU'RE STEELING ONE. NOW LET'S GO TO PLAY 11, 12 AND 13, THE WATER HOLES AND THEY CORNER YOU. YOU GOT TO PLAY THOSE AT EVEN PAR OR BETTER. IF YOU PLAY THEM AT EVEN PAR OR BETTER YOU'RE GOING TO WIN THE TOURNAMENT. IF YOU DON'T, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN. YOU NEVER KNOW. I WAS ALWAYS HAD THAT DOUBT IN MY HEAD AND WHEN I GOT TO 12, I BIRDIED 11, I'M ONE UNDER. I SAID 'PERFECT. I'M ONE UNDER PAR AND IT'S, IT'S A LITTLE, IT'S LIKE A LITTLE MINI, MINI GOAL. THREE HOLE MINI GOAL
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
MHMM
 
TIGER WOODS
 
OKAY I'M ONE UNDER PAR. LET, LET'S, LET'S JUST PROTECT HERE. LET'S AIM AT THE BUNKERS. GET TO HIT A FULL 9 IRON AND THE WAY I'M, I'M HITTING IT RIGHT NOW I'M DRAWING THE BALL A LITTLE BIT SO THE, THE LITTLE 9 IRON DRAW AT THE BUNKER SHOULD TAKE ME OVER TO THE MIDDLE IF NOT THE LEFT PART OF THE GREEN. NO BIG DEAL. IF I GO OVER I CAN GET UP AND DOWN. I CAN, I'M ROLLING THE ROCK JUST GET THE BALL OVER THE FRONT BUNKER AND I HIT, HIT A SHOT LEFT SIDE OF THE GREEN. IT LIES OUT THERE TO ABOUT TWO FEET AND MADE IT FOR PAR.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
THEN 13, AND EAGLE PUTT AGAIN. IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOING TO GO
 
TIGER WOODS
 
AW... SHH...
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
AND IT SITS ON THE LIP
 
TIGER WOODS
 
THAT BALL. I DON'T KNOW HOW IT STAYED OUT. IT WAS HANGING ON THE LIP. I, I, I KNEW EXACTLY HOW THAT PUTT BROKE BECAUSE I'VE WATCHED IT ON, ON VIDEO TAPE BEFORE... PREPARING FOR AUGUSTA. I'VE SEEN THESE GUYS MISS IT ON THE LOW SIDE TIME AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN. THE BALL BREAKS MORE THAN YOU THINK. I, I LOOK AT MY PUTT AND I'M SAYING OKAY THIS PUTT'S PROBABLY ABOUT TWO AND A HALF, THREE FEET OUTSIDE LEFT. NO. I KNOW THIS PUTT BREAKS MORE. YOU'VE SEEN IT, TRUST IT. TRUST IT. I MEAN I KNOW THESE GUYS AREN'T DUMB. THEY'VE PLAYED HERE, THEY'RE TRYING AND THEY'VE MISSED IT ALL ON THE LOW SIDE. LET'S JUST PLAY IT A LITTLE BIT MORE. SO I PLAYED MORE LIKE THREE FEET OUTSIDE LEFT. IT JUST KIND OF DIED IN THERE AND JUST HUNG ON THE LIP. SO I PLAYED AMEN CORNER IN TWO UNDER.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
MINI GOAL ACCOMPLISHED.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MINI GOAL ACCOMPLISHED.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
BIRDIE 14, NOW YOU'RE 18 UNDER PAR.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MHMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
I KNOW YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY. I KNOW YOU KNOW THAT THE SCORE YOU NEED FOR THE RECORD IS 18 UNDER PAR
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MHMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
BUT AT THAT POINT MAYBE YOU'RE THINKING 20
 
TIGER WOODS
 
I WAS THINKING 20. I BIRDIED 15 AND I CAN BIRDIE ONE OF THE SHORT, ONE OF THE NEXT THREE HOLES BECAUSE 16'S A HARD HOLE BUT IT'S REALLY NOT THAT HARD BECAUSE YOU GOT THAT HUGE FUNNEL. SEVENTEEN'S PLAYING REALLY SHORT BECAUSE IT'S DOWN WIND AND UH 18'S NOT THAT HARD BECAUSE I'M, I'M DRIVING IT SO WELL. I COULD DRIVE OVER THE TOP OF THE BUNKER AND HAVE AGAIN ANOTHER SHORT IRON IN. SO I GOT THREE BIRDIE HOLES IF I CAN BIRDIE 15. TO GET TO 19, I GOT THREE MORE CHANCES TO GET TO 20.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
IS THAT WHY WE SAW THE FRUSTRATION ON 15? THE REACTION OF A, THE BIT OF A CLUB SLAM. IS IT, WERE YOU THINKING TO YOURSELF 'DAMN IT. I GOT 20 UNDER RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME AND I'M LETTING IT GO'?
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YEAH. YEAH. MHMM.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
SO AT THAT POINT NOW YOU'RE, NOW IT'S, IT'S NOT JUST THE MASTERS IT'S.... YOU, YOU GOT 20. THAT'S THE FINISH LINE NOW. THAT'S THE MINI GOAL, 20 UNDER.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
WELL YOU GOT TO, SEE THE THING IS YOU CAN LET IT SLIP AND YOU CAN MAKE A BOGEY COMING IN BUT THAT'S NOT, THAT'S NOT ME
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
RIGHT
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YOU GOT TO FINISH IT OUT. IT'S LIKE IN, IN TRACK. YOU'RE ALWAYS TAUGHT TO RUN THROUGH THE FINISH LINE. RUN THROUGH IT. WHICH IS THE SAME THING IN GOLF. YOU GOT TO FINISH IT OFF. YOU CAN'T STOP HALF WAY OR EVEN AT THE TIME IT WAS THREE FOURTHS OF THE WAY THROUGH. YOU CAN'T STOP. YOU GOT TO KEEP GOING AND I, I TRY TO KEEP IT GOING AND UH
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
SURE
 
TIGER WOODS
 
JUST COULDN'T MAKE THOSE PUTTS.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
ALL RIGHT WE'RE ALMOST HOME. EIGHTEENTH HOLE, THE UH STRATEGY WAS IF YOU'RE UP ONE, COMING HOME, BOMB IT OVER THE BUNKER, TAKE A LITTLE SHORT IRON IN, NO WORRIES. THAT'S SORT OF WHAT HAPPENED BUT NOT QUITE NECESSARILY HOW YOU MIGHT HAVE DRAWN IT UP. THERE WAS I GUESS A CLICK IN YOUR BACK SWING AND GOT OVER THE TOP OF IT A LITTLE BIT
 
TIGER WOODS
 
NO WHAT HAPPENED WAS IS THAT AS I TOOK THE CLUB BACK A PHOTOGRAPHER TOOK PICTURES AND IT HAD FLASHES ON THEM TOO. NOT ONLY DID IT SOUND BUT IT HAD... A COUPLE FLASHES WENT OFF AND I, I FLINCHED. I LITERALLY JUST FREAKED OUT AND FLINCHED AND FLIPPED IT AND HIT IT WAY LEFT. IT HIT ALL THE BUNKERS LEFT. I'M LIKE OH GREAT AND I WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER TO SAY THE LEAST. I WAS... OOH I WAS, I WAS PRETTY AGITATED AND I, I COULD HAVE, I'M, I'M GLAD THAT CAMERA MAN WAS UP WHERE HE WAS... WHERE I COULDN'T GET TO HIM. SO I'M THINKING
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
PROBABLY A GOOD THING FOR HIM
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YEAH. SO I'M THINKING OKAY LET, LET'S JUST HIT THE BALL. USE THE SHELF, BRING IT BACK AND UH LET'S TRY AND FINISH OFF WITH A THREE HERE.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
IT TURNED INTO A LOT OF FUN OVER THERE THOUGH, YOU, YOU LOST FLUFF MOMENTARILY. YOU'RE JUMPING AROUND, WHERE'S FLUFF?
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YEAH. I COULDN'T
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
PEOPLE ARE... LAUGHING AND JOKING. I MEAN AT THAT POINT WE'RE JUST HAVING A FUN
 
TIGER WOODS
 
WELL
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
IT WAS A PARTY
 
TIGER WOODS
 
I WAS LAUGHING, I WAS LAUGHING. I COULDN'T FIND FLUFF BUT I WAS JUMPING BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW IF CONSTANTINO WAS GOING TO PLAY OR NOT
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
MHMM
 
TIGER WOODS
 
AND I WAS NOT ABOUT TO WALK ALL THE WAY UP, CLOSE TO THE GREEN AND LOOK BACK TO SEE WHETHER HE'S GOING TO PLAY OR NOT. SO I'M, I'M JUMPING, I'M ASKING PEOPLE IS CONSTANTINO PLAYING? HE HIT. I GO OH I GUESS IT'S MY SHOT.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
ARE THERE ANY POSSIBLE WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE EMOTION AND THE FEELING OF A MOMENT LIKE THAT WHERE THIS IS THE F... THIS IS THE REALIZATION OF THE DREAM?
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MMMM.... PROBABLY NOT. I, I'LL TELL YOU MY THOUGHTS THOUGH. WALKING UP I'M... THINKING YEAH, YEAH... YOU'VE WON THE MASTERS. YOU'VE ACTUALLY, YOU'VE DONE IT. YOU'VE WON THE MASTERS BUT THEN SOMETHING INSIDE ME SAYS 'TIGER, NO YOU HAVEN'T. YOU HAVEN'T WON. FINISH THE RACE. I'M JUST YELLING AT MYSELF.... FINISH THE RACE. BE INTENSE AND SO I WOULD SMILE AND I'M, I'M LAUGHING, I'M JOKING A LITTLE BIT BUT I'M, I'M SCREAMING INSIDE OF MYSELF... FINISH THE RACE. DON'T LET DOWN AND SO I'M, I'M... I GET UP ON THE GREEN... FIRST THING I LOOK AT, PEOPLE ARE, YOU KNOW, CHEERING. I'M GOING CRAZY... I'M UP HERE I LOOK AT MY PUTT AND I GO GOD, LOOK AT THIS, MISS A DOUBLE BREAKER COMING DOWNHILL LEFT TO RIGHT THEN RIGHT TO LEFT AT THE END AND I GOT TO TWO PUTT THIS FOR THE RECORD. LET'S DO IT. LET'S GO DO IT. SIMPLE AS THAT AND THEN I PUT MY GAME FACE RIGHT BACK ON.
 
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SCOTT VAN PELT
 
ALL WEEK LONG YOU'VE BEEN A BAD, BAD MAN. THE NASTIEST MAN THAT AUGUSTA NATIONAL HAS EVER SEEN, BUT WAITING THERE FOR YOU RIGHT NOW, TWO PEOPLE
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MMMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
MOM AND POPS. AND POP'S MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN THERE
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
JUST BEEN THROUGH AN OPERATION ON HIS HEART, MONTHS EARLIER... AND IT WAS FINALLY ALL RIGHT TO LET THE GAME FACE GO AND TO JUST GO BE A KID. BE THEIR SON AND ENJOY THE MOMENT
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MHMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
TOGETHER WITH THE PEOPLE THAT MADE IT HAPPEN. I'M IMAGINING THAT THAT WAS THE MOMENT THAT WAS THE SWEETEST OF THE WEEK
 
TIGER WOODS
 
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
SHARING IT WITH THEM
 
TIGER WOODS
 
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. IT WAS SWEET MAKING THE PUTT... BECAUSE IT WAS A, IT WAS A HARD PUTT.... OUTSIDE LEFT AND IT DIED RIGHT THERE IN THE CENTER THEN HUGGING FLUFF AND SAYING THANKS FLUFF. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING. THEN I'M, I'M THINKING I WON THE MASTERS. I'M WALKING UP THE TIER. I'VE WON THE MASTERS. THIS IS IT. THIS IS ME. I, I GET MY GREEN JACKET. NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN I SEE MY MOM AND DAD THERE. I JUST ABSOLUTELY LOST IT. I START CRYING LIKE A LITTLE BABY. THIS, IT, IT WAS JUST... IT WAS SOMETHING ELSE BECAUSE I, I SEE MY DAD AND HE OPENS UP HIS ARMS AND I SAID 'FINALLY. THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT' AND I JUST, I JUST LET GO.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
IF FOR SOME QUIRK OF FATE AND YOU NEVER WON ANOTHER MAJOR. I KNOW IT WOULD DISAPPOINT YOU
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MMMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
BUT WOULD THERE ALSO BE PART OF YOU THAT COULD LOOK BACK ON THE WAY YOU DID IT. THE LOWEST, THE YOUNGEST, THE LARGEST AND SAY I DID IT. MOM AND POP'S WERE THERE. I WON THE MASTERS AS A 21 YEAR OLD KID AND
 
TIGER WOODS
 
RIGHT
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
SAY I COULD LIVE WITH THAT.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
YEAH. I COULD. IF MY CAREER ENDED RIGHT NOW. I COULD LIVE WITH THAT BECAUSE IT'S NOT TOO OFTEN IN ONE PERSON'S LIFE WHERE YOU CAN LOOK, YOU CAN PUT IT ON VIDEO TAPE AND LOOK BACK ON IT AND SAY YOU KNOW WHAT, I, I PLAYED ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. MY MIND WAS FOCUSED. IT WAS CLEAR. I HIT GREAT SHOTS. I EXECUTED MY GAME PLAN AND I DIDN'T VARY FROM IT
 
TIGER WOODS
 
AND I, I, I EXECUTED AND I STAYED PATIENT. YOU PUT ALL, THE WHOLE PACKAGE WAS TOGETHER AT THE SAME TIME AND IT'S NOT TOO OFTEN IN ONE CAREER... IN ONE'S CAREER THAT YOU ACTUALLY CAN SAY THAT ABOUT ANY.. YOU CAN SAY THAT ABOUT ROUNDS BUT UH... THE TOURNAMENT. I STARTED OFF THE TOURNAMENT WITH A 40 AND I STILL WON... GOING AWAY AND THAT, THAT TO ME I THINK WAS ULTIMATE.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENED AMAZING AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL LAST YEAR. HOW WHEN YOU WERE ANNOUNCED AS THE CHAMPION, THAT EVENING, IN THE DINING ROOM DURING THE DINNER, THAT BACK BY A SERVICE ENTRANCE, THE COOKS AND THE WAITERS AND BUS BOYS, ALL OF WHOM WERE BLACK, CAME OUT TO CHEER FOR A CHAMPION THAT THEY NEVER DREAMT WOULD WALK THROUGH THE DOORS BUT ON THE GOLF COURSE ALL WEEK, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FANS CHEERED EQUALLY, ENTHUSIASTICALLY
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MMMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
FOR YOU, THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF WHOM WERE WHITE
 
TIGER WOODS
 
MHMMM
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
AND SO AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL LAST YEAR FOR WHATEVER IT'S HISTORY MAY BE, BLACK, WHITE, BROWN AND EVERYTHING IN
 
TIGER WOODS
 
I KNOW
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
BETWEEN
 
TIGER WOODS
 
I KNOW
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
CAME TOGETHER AND ROOTED FOR ONE GUY, YOU. IT'S PRETTY AMAZING.
 
TIGER WOODS
 
I DIDN'T THINK ABOUT IT UNTIL MONTHS AFTERWARDS WHEN I, I GOT A CHANCE TO SIT DOWN AND TALK TO MY DAD ABOUT IT BECAUSE I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT AND HE KIND OF SUMMED IT UP FOR ME BY SAYING THAT UM YOU, YOU CHANGED. UM YOU CHANGED THE SPORT... BY HAVING A BLACK CHAMPION, OR A PERSON OF COLOR WIN AT, BACK IN, AND IN THE DAY IT WAS THE MOST ELITE-EST CLUB OF ALL TIME AND TO HAVE THAT HAPPEN AND TO HAVE THE PEOPLE AND THE GALLERIES BE WHITE. PEOPLE WHO ARE SERVING AND BE WHITE OR BLACK, PEOPLE IN THE GALLERIES WHO WERE BLACK. IT DIDN'T, DID NOT MATTER. WHAT EVER THEY WERE. THEY ALL CAME TOGETHER.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
WHEN YOUR FIRST BRUSH STROKES ARE A MASTERPIECE HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO PAINT THE NEXT PAINTING? SO HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT FOLLOWING IT UP?
 
TIGER WOODS
 
WITH A WIN.
 
SCOTT VAN PELT
 
AFTER WHAT HE DID A YEAR AGO IS IT OUT OF THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY THAT TIGER COULD DO IT AGAIN? HARDLY. BUT 1998 MAY PROVE TO BE THE YEAR THAT AUGUSTA NATIONAL EXACTS IT'S REVENGE ON THE MAN WHO DISMANTLED IT JUST A YEAR AGO. THERE IS ONE CERTAINTY, THE GOLF WORLD WILL BE HOLDING IT'S BREATH THIS WEEK, WATCHING TO SEE WHAT THIS EXTRAORDINARY YOUNG MAN DOES FOR AN ENCORE. THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US.