Talking to Tiger Caddying for Palmer


Editor's Note: Each month, GOLF CHANNEL's Kelly Tilghman will be answering reader and viewer questions. Kelly is the first female in golf television history to be a lead play-by-play commentator.
I really enjoy your In His Own Words segments with Tiger Woods. You have an excellent rapport with him and appear to bring out a playfulness in him that other interviewers seem to miss. How do you prepare to interview someone like Tiger Woods? Does he intimidate you? Keep up the excellent work. ' Jo
Tiger is a rare person and one of the nicest guys youll ever meet. Ive had the privilege of interviewing him now for more than a decade and every opportunity to speak with him is a chance to get to know him a little better. I try to prepare for his interviews with questions to which no one already knows the answer. Sometimes they are obvious and other times, you have to work a little harder. What I have learned over the years is that, outside of his superhuman skills with a golf club and the benefits that may bring him, he is just like you and me. He has a great sense of humor and a deep love for his family and friends. Im glad you enjoy the interviews.
You do such a great job on TV that I think you would be great on one of those network morning shows (like the Today Show). Do you have plans to work in broadcasting beyond golf? ' Mike
Thanks so much for getting in touch. So you think I would be a good addition to the 'Today Show'? Thanks. I appreciate your thoughts but that would require me getting up at 3 a.m. to go to work (she said with a smile). I often wondered how Katie Couric did that every day. Actually, I have thought many times about what it would be like to cover different stories, live in a different city and work different hours. But as interesting as that may seem, I have no real reason to look for a new job because I feel that the sport of golf is very healthy right now. If I ever found myself bored or without challenge, then I would consider a new direction, but I dont feel like my career is getting stale because the GOLF CHANNEL continues to grow and provide new challenges.
Take care.
I am an avid fan of The Golf Channel and I'm wondering if you tape or tevo (sp) the broadcast and later watch yourself on TV? ' Michael from New Jersey
Hi Michael,
Thanks for your question. Its a popular one. Because of my schedule on the road, I dont get to watch our primetime re-airs at night but I do have the opportunity to watch the shows on tape when I get home. I like to compare it to a golfer looking at video of his or her own swing. It helps to see it on occasion so that you can better understand how you are coming across, but you shouldnt watch too much because you can become overly critical and lose sight of the big picture. At this point in my career I need to trust the skills that I have honed all the while never losing that hunger to improve on each telecast.
Thanks for watching.
I saw you caddying for Arnold Palmer in the Masters par 3 tournament. How much fun was that? Give him any tips? ' Ann from Ohio
Dear Ann,
Ill never forget the first time I caddied for Arnold at the 2003 Masters. He also played with Jack and Gary in the Par-3 contest. I didnt think it could get any better than that or that there would be a second opportunity but I was wrong on both counts. The first time I was so overwhelmed that I just tried to stay out of the way. This time, I was much more interactive with the guys and eager to soak up the fun. Being inside the ropes with these icons gives you a true appreciation for how the fans relate to them. You can really feel the love they have for Arnie. When we reached the 9th tee, I had no idea that Jack was going to pull a fast one and ask me to hit a shot in front of all those screaming fans. It was the most nerve racking experience of my life. Thankfully, I made it over the water and my boss was proud of the effort. After I gave Jack an exhilarating high five, I promised him that paybacks would be coming his way. What a day!
Thanks for the question.
What is your favorite tournament to cover and what event have you never done that you want to do? ' Fritz
Hi Fritz,
I dont really have a favorite tournament to cover. I like them all for different reasons but I will say that I have a few favorite cities to visit on the schedule. I like to go to Hawaii because its my one chance all year to surf. I like San Diego because of the weather. I like Chicago because that means hot dogs and baseball games. When youre on the road as much as we are, you tend to drift toward the stops that offer variety. We have a great job here at the GOLF CHANNEL, because we always seem to be chasing the sun.
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