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‘Like My Dad Said’: Being a Global Icon, Tiger Woods Once Revealed His Strict Perspective About Outside Noise

Published 11/23/2022, 9:00 AM EST

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Many players feed off the good things that are written about them in the press and use that as motivation. Alternatively, they use the negative aspects of things as opportunities to improve. But some sportsmen, like Tiger Woods, believe they are the best judges of their own games. They believe that an outside perspective can’t be accurate because they don’t know the circumstances that they go through on the daily.

Why does Tiger Woods not read about himself?

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Back in 2015, Tiger sat down with Lorne Rubenstein from Time and opened up about himself. Lorne asked the golf legend, if it was true that he didn’t read articles and posts by others about his shots on the course and his performance. Woods verified that he doesn’t and added, “Not really. And that has served me well.”

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He said that his father had taught him that no one who wrote anything was out there on the course with him. He said, “Like my dad said when I was young, ‘were any of these guys there?'” The only people who knew the circumstances of the play were Woods himself and his caddy.

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The 82-time PGA Tour victor said, “If anybody has any kind of perspective on it, it would be the caddy. He saw the shot, he understood what the circumstances were. Other than that, there’s nobody else.” He explained that the rest of the people who wrote about things weren’t present, and their opinions didn’t matter to him. “Who cares? They weren’t there. They didn’t see how difficult it was, what’s going on,” he stated.

The 15-time major winner revealed what motivates him

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In the interview, Woods was asked if his motivation was to beat Jack Nicklaus’ 18 Majors record. He went on to explain that it was more complex than that. The PGA Tour star said, “It was all age-related.” Woods stated that Niklaus was the best golfer, not just for his major wins, but also because of his accomplishments at different ages.

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He explained that the wall held records of Nicklaus based on age. He said that the records were the “first time he broke 40, the first time he broke 80,” and so on. The legend said it was his goal to break each of those, and if he was able to do so, only then could he be the best. “If I can beat each age that he did it, then I have a chance at being the best,” he said.

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Woods will now return to golf in the next few days. Will he be able to get back on track so as to break more of Jack’s records? And will he be able to still go on without reading what others have to say about his game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Sheldon Pereira

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Sheldon is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is a Business graduate from Christ University, with a degree in Finance and Accounting. He also has an experience as a Senior Audit Associate at an MNC, but his love for writing made him follow his dream and switch careers.
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Manaal Siddiqui

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