WATCH: When Tiger Woods Embraced Technology and Made a Hands-Free Putt

Published 10/09/2021, 11:58 AM EDT
Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates after making a putt for birdie on the 15th green during the second round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)


Tiger Woods has had many memorable putts in his life-time. However, did you know Tiger Woods once sunk a hands-free putt? Yes! It was a robotic ball, designed by his mentee and Earl Woods Scholar, Sammy Mohammed. To create something through the collaboration of golf and computer science, this fascinating concept emerged.

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Perhaps the greatest golfer of modern age, Tiger Woods is also one of the highest earning athletes in the world. Moreover, as a way of giving back to the community, he started a great initiative in the field of education. He and his father, Earl Woods, established the Tiger Woods Foundation in 1996.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 11: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the 15th green during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

It seeks to improve education, health, and welfare among the children of America. In addition, it lays special emphasis on empowering the underprivileged minorities and is run in various ventures. The education venture seeks to promote the STEM programs, and one such scholar who went to Stanford university was Sammy Mohammed.

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Tiger Woods sinks a hands-free putt

At the TW Invitational in Monterey Peninsula in 2018, Woods and Sammy revealed something spectacular to the world. A fusion of their interests led to the creation of ‘Sphero’, a robotic ball which is controlled by a tablet. The two stand on the green with a big blue ball lying a few feet from the hole.

Following a few instructions by the Stanford student on the tablet, the ball suddenly springs to life. In addition, it only required for Woods to stand in front of it as it moved. However, despite rolling towards the hole, it missed. Again, they tried, and this time, the ball fell right into the hole!

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In a heartwarming celebration, Woods and Sammy ecstatically cheered and hugged each other.

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Interestingly, this experiment was the result of some simple coding and green reading. Sammy, who is a computer science student, has made the most of the opportunity provided by the TGR Foundation.

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He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Engineering Experience. In addition, he also got the chance to be a part of the Google Computer Science Summer Institute in Los Angeles.

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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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