The former world number one golfer opened up about life, fatherhood, parenting and golf in the first part of the series called “A Round With Tiger: Celebrity Playing Lesson”.
This is the product Woods filmed for Golf Digest exactly one day before having a car accident in California and being hospitalized with serious leg injuries, on February 23. The series directed by Peter Berg consists of four parts, with the first episode released on July 20 featuring Jada Pinkett Smith, actress and host.
The two played a round of golf together and discussed a variety of topics, perspectives on life and love with family members.’
Woods instructs Jada Pinkett Smith on technique
“She has taught me how to be more patient,” Woods said of daughter Sam, 14, calling Sam his “little girl.”
Super Tiger also mentioned how Charlie, the 12-year-old youngest boy in the family, loves golf. Woods said he does not force or coach his son when playing golf because he does not want Charlie to feel pressured on the course. “I don’t want him to fall into that psychological trap.”
Although he is a current golf legend, Woods did not “condemn” Charlie to follow in his father’s footsteps. “I simply don’t want him to hate golf. I had the best memories of my life out there (on the golf course) with my dad,” Woods shared with the 49-year-old actress. As a child, Earl’s father was his first coach, leading Woods to golf in a way that sparked his passion. Now he applies the same to his son.
Charlie fist-bumps and celebrates with Woods in the final round of the PNC Championship
However, Charlie still shows his “family son” qualities and inherits some skills from his superstar father. In December 2020, Charlie and Woods played the PNC Championship with 19 other pairs, either the major champion or The Players Championship paired with a family member. Charlie impressed both the players on the field and the golf-loving public on television with his “Tiger Woods” movements and demeanor.
Since the traffic accident, Woods has returned to his home in Florida to recuperate, with the top priority being practicing recovery of lower limb function. At the end of April, Woods posted a photo of him walking on crutches on Instagram and received his first direct interview with Golf Digest a month later. He said this injury recovery was more painful than any similar situation he had ever experienced. In June, NBC offered to invite Woods to comment on the US Open, but Sieu Ho definitely refused.
Playing professionally since 1996, Woods is the golfer leading the cumulative time at number one in the world (OWGR table) with 683 weeks, double Greg Norman ranked second – 331 weeks. The 45-year-old player shares the record of 82 PGA Tour titles with the legendary Sam Snead, including 15 majors, and is the record holder in professional golf’s prize money, with more than 120 million USD.