Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.

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Don't force your kids into sports. I never was. To this day my dad has never asked me to go play golf. I ask him. It's the child's desire to play that matters, not the parent's desire to have the child play. Fun. Keep it fun.

I wake up every day and I can't wait to go to work, and that's a gift. Not too many people have the opportunity to feel that way.

It's cool now to play golf.

As a child, the family that I had, and the love I had from my two parents, allowed me to go ahead and be more aggressive, to search and to take risks knowing that if I failed I could always come home to a family of love and support.

America's a melting pot, all races, cultures, religious choices.

I mean as an athlete, as a competitor, you have to have that belief in yourself.

I miss hanging out with my friends getting in a little trouble. I have to be so guarded now.

A lot of times I blend in a little bit easier because I'm not like a basketball player who's going to stand out because of his height.

I do plan to return to golf one day I just don't know when that day will be.

I feel like my life is pretty special.

I want to be what I've always wanted to be: dominant.

I've exceeded a few of my goals but I'm behind on a couple of others.

Well you know a lot of people look at the negative things the things that they did wrong and - which I do. But I like to stress on the things I did right because there are certain things that I like to look at from a positive standpoint that are just positive reinforcement.

I don't believe that human beings can achieve ultimate enlightenment because humans have flaws.

I started changing my swing in late 1999.

Green and black go well together don't they?

I will have to earn trust and respect from my kids.

I've had the luxury of playing golf around the world and I've spent a lot of time evaluating how to play all kinds of courses.

I believe in Buddhism. Not every aspect but most of it. So I take bits and pieces.

A lot has transpired in my life.

For many my behavior has been a major disappointment my behavior has caused considerable worry to my business partners and everyone involved in my business but most importantly to the young people we influence I apologize.

And I don't cook either. Not as long as they still deliver pizza.

I thoroughly enjoy getting away from the game and going out fishing because it's so relaxing so quiet and peaceful. I mean there's no noise other than nature - and it's so different from what I do in a tournament situation that it just eases my mind.

All I can say is that I'm getting married in the future. I've narrowed it down to that.

Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.

I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people most of all my wife and children.

My mom was tough.

Sensationalism sells: Don't let the facts get in the way of a good story.

I love to play golf and that's my arena. And you can characterize it and describe it however you want but I have a love and a passion for getting that ball in the hole and beating those guys.

I'm going to try to keep getting better.

I'm addicted. I'm addicted to golf.

I did envisage being this successful as a player but not all the hysteria around it off the golf course.

If you are given a chance to be a role model I think you should always take it because you can influence a person's life in a positive light and that's what I want to do. That's what it's all about.

I probably will have to become more political down the road when my playing days are done because I'm going to have to have the support of others to grow my foundation.

I'd gotten away from my Buddhism. And I quit meditating.

Most players I play with I don't look at their swing when they're over the ball or anything like that.

Golf is something I do selfishly for myself.

I have been fortunate to have my game peak at the right times.

I think that in itself if you're a true golfer you'll see specific things you need to work on. Much cheaper than private lessons.

I look at a streak as I don't lose - literally.

I'm committed to try to make the product the best I possibly can.

The virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one's own family.

I'm not as far along as Jack Nicklaus was at this age but I'm trying.

I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves.

I like to pick my causes and not be forced into doing something.

You can always become better.

I really miss a lot of my friends out there.

Younger guys now are all working out and you find that if everyone's doing it and you're not doing it you're going to be left behind.

The joy I get from winning a major championship doesn't even compare to the feeling I get when a kid writes a letter saying: 'Thank you so much. You have changed my life.'

I've always known where I wanted to go in life.

I am definitely not a politician.

I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for - getting paid for doing what you love.

I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends, my foundation, and kids all around the world who admired me.

My failures have made me look at myself in a way I've never wanted to before.

I know that balance that I need to have in my life.

The majority of my blood is Asian.

To have the opportunity to complete the slam at the Open at St Andrews the home of golf is something I will never ever forget.

To be able to hold all four majors - the Masters U.S. Open British Open PGA - all concurrently I think is the Grand Slam. But a lot of people have a different opinions on that. People think you have to win it in the same calendar year.

My dad used to say 'Just because you dress up in a coat and tie it doesn't influence your intelligence.'

Winning is not always the barometer of getting better.

My dad was my best friend and greatest role model. He was an amazing dad coach mentor soldier husband and friend.

If money titles meant anything I'd play more tournaments. The only thing that means a lot to me is winning. If I have more wins than anybody else and win more majors than anybody else in the same year then it's been a good year.

I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again.

I enjoy what I do.

Businesswise everything's been good.

The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta.

I don't make any rules.

I'm aware if I'm playing at my best I'm tough to beat. And I enjoy that.

The thing you don't dream about as a kid is all the peripheral stuff that comes with success.

I lost my ability to will things to happen.

Hopefully I'll continue to have the success I've had.

Everyone wants to get a piece of me.

There are golfers everywhere who may never get a chance to play a links course in Scotland a tree-lined course in America or the sand belts of Australia. Hopefully I can bring some of those elements into their backyards.

Golf is evolving every day every shot.

I ran straight through the boundaries a married couple should live by.

All that really matters is I have two beautiful kids and I'm trying to be the best dad I can possibly be and that's the most important thing of all.

I love to compete. That's the essence of who I am.

I've always had that knack for staying pretty even keel and the more the situation gets tense the more I see things clearly and I think that's just a knack that I've always had.

Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions.

It will always be the ball and me.

I don't get to live by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me.

My main focus is on my game.

I always come from truth.

As you all know I'm kind of a perfectionist.

I've done some pretty bad things in my life.

I'm all or nothing.

The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and as a professional I think Augusta is where I need to be.

I've been a gamer all my life.

Everyone knows what the Masters is even if you're a non-golfer. People know what Wimbledon is. They know what the Super Bowl is. There are certain events that people just know about.

I was living a life of a lie I really was.

There's no sense in going to a tournament if you don't believe that you can win it. And that is the belief I have always had. And that is not going to change.

I really don't feel like playing anymore.

I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.

People don't really bother me as much as you might think.

As a kid when I was growing up as any kid you think you know every thing and I was no different to that.

If you're lucky to have three close people in your life you're blessed.

Golf has made me and shaped me into the person I am here today.

I'm getting back to my old roots.

I saw a person that I never thought I would ever become.

Achievements on the golf course are not what matters decency and honesty are what matter.

I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled and thanks to money and fame I didn't have to go far to find them.

My father had always called me Sam since the day I was born. He rarely ever called me Tiger. I would ask him 'Why don't you ever call me Tiger?' He says 'Well you look more like a Sam.

My mother was right when she said that turning pro would take away my youth.

I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect.

I'm lucky to have been able to represent different companies over my career.

Every sport evolves. Every sport gets bigger and more athletic and you have to keep up.

Michael left because of the Bulls' management not because he'd lost his love of playing the game.

You can win all the tournaments you want but the majors are what you're remembered for. It's how you're measured as a champion in our sport. The majors are where it's at.

There are still courses in the United States that I am not allowed to play because of the color of my skin.

In therapy I have learned the importance of keeping spiritual life and professional life balanced. I need to regain my balance.

People don't understand that when I grew up I was never the most talented. I was never the biggest. I was never the fastest. I certainly was never the strongest. The only thing I had was my work ethic and that's been what has gotten me this far.

As a kid I might have been psycho I guess but I used to throw golf balls in the trees and try and somehow make par from them. I thought that was fun.

Life has been good.

I don't think golf has ever been any pressure as far as having to succeed.

I've gotten more buff.

I miss college.

I'll tell you what I've been in some seriously bad places playing golf and it's just part of the game.

I'd like to share my experiences and the lessons I've learned and hopefully create some amazing fun courses.

Money and fame made me believe I was entitled. I was wrong and foolish.

My kids are doing just great.

The amount of meetings I've been in - people would be shocked. But that's how you gain experience how you can gain knowledge being in meetings and participating. You learn and grow.

I stopped living according to my core values. I knew what I was doing was wrong but thought only about myself and thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to.

Golf is me.