Candid Tiger: What We Learned From His Interview In Time Magazine

Tiger Woods has been in the news a lot recently despite the poor play that has seen him plummet in the rankings to his lowest ever position.

Not long ago, his former caddie published a book detailing the turbulent times around the now infamous sex scandal, giving us a behind-the-scenes look at one of the biggest sporting stories of the century.

But now Woods has given an especially candid interview with Time Magazine, in which we’ve learned that he considers himself best friends with his ex-wife.

Surprising? Maybe. But it wasn’t the only intriguing insight into Woods’s life. Let’s dive into the interview to find out what other nuggets Time unearthed . . .

Tiger Woods, for so long the games finest, doesn't enjoy watching golf

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Tiger Woods doesn’t like watching golf

You may be surprised to find out that Tiger Woods doesn’t like watching the sport he has helped to define. Most sportsmen have got to where they are because they devote themselves to a sport they love – and I’m sure that Woods does love, or at least did love golf – but perhaps that’s the very reason he can’t bring himself to watch it.

Here’s what he had to say:

I can’t remember the last time I watched golf. I can’t stand it. Unless one of my friends has a chance to win, then I like watching it. I watched Jason [Day] win the PGA. But it was on mute. It’s always on mute and I have some other game on another TV.

 

He wouldn’t mind if he retired from golf today

Woods has, in his own words, had a good innings. He obviously wants to heal properly and climb the rankings again, to get back to where he used to be – what pro athlete doesn’t want to reign forever? – but he’s learned the magic of being able to participate in his children’s lives.

Put it this way. It’s not what I want to have happen, and it’s not what I’m planning on having happen. But if it does, it does. I’ve reconciled myself to it. It’s more important for me to be with my kids. I don’t know how I could live with myself not being able to participate in my kids’ lives like that. That to me is special. Now I know what my dad felt like when we’d go out there and play nine holes in the dark.

The biggest lesson he’s learned is the importance of honesty

When asked what he would change about the infamous episode in 2009, Tiger had some interesting things to say. And again, it all comes back to his kids. Today, he recognizes that they’re the most important thing in his life. It wasn’t quite so clear back then.

In hindsight, it’s not how I would change 2009 and how it all came about. It would be having a more open, honest relationship with my ex-wife. Having the relationship that I have now with her is fantastic. She’s one of my best friends. We’re able to pick up the phone, and we talk to each other all the time. We both know that the most important things in our lives are our kids. I wish I would have known that back then.

 

He is up front and open with his kids

He hasn’t told them the full details yet, but they do know the reason their parents don’t live together is because Tiger messed up. In quite a touching way, he says:

I want it to come from me so that when they come of age, I’ll just tell them the real story. But meanwhile, it’s just, “Hey, Daddy made some mistakes. But it’s O.K. We’re all human. We all make mistakes. But look what happened at the end of it. Look at how great you are. You have two loving parents that love you no matter what.” And I said, “You have no idea how lucky you guys are, to have two parents that love you so much. Unfortunately, we’re not in the same house, but the flip side is we love you no matter what you do. And I’m a parent, as the dad, who is always going to try to help you, guide you through life.”


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