Tiger Woods Gives Reporter a Mulligan After a Forgetful Press Conference

Published 12/04/2021, 7:35 AM EST
ST LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 11: Tiger Woods of the United States stands on the 15th hole during the third round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 11, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

We’ll quite definitely be left tongue-tied if one of the best athletes in the world were to give us their undivided attention. So captivated, one might gawk, then fumble and rack their mind to say something- anything- but to no avail. Seems plausible and, well, it actually happened to someone in front of none other than Tiger Woods. Understandable indeed.

A couple of days ago, Tiger Woods made an appearance at a press conference ahead of the Hero World Challenge. In attendance was Golf Digest reporter and writer Dan Rapaport, who asked Tiger Woods a question that made quite the headlines the next day.

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Rapaport asked the 15-time major champion, who was in a terrible car crash early in the year, “How realistic was amputation as an option?” And in Rapaport’s own words, Woods ‘stared directly into my soul’ and said, “It was definitely on the table.” However, Woods’ recovery has come a long way since then, and he is on the verge of making another historic comeback.

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Reporter’s worst nightmare comes true in front of Tiger Woods

After Woods‘ blatant revelation, Rapaport was either under shock or the jitters were simply coming down on him as he froze. He choked up a few words, “And, my other question is… um… I forgot.” A long pause ensued, following which the conference continued. Woods, however, never forgot. He actually gave him another chance, a mulligan, if you will!

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Before they started over again, Woods confirmed with him whether he remembers it all this time around, which, much to credit, he does. However, when he finally hears the big question, Woods is amused. Rapaport asks, “How much can you bench press right now?”

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 23: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts during the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

After a little more teasing, Woods answers him and says, “When I first got home and all I could do was bench press, I got to probably 250-255. But now that I’m doing more other stuff, functional stuff, I’ve gone away from benching.”

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Well, what are your thoughts on this? Is it a situation you can imagine yourself in?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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