Tiger Woods interview: ICYMI, how Charlie gets HOT DOGS if he beats his dad

The 45-year-old shared this great story in an interview that was broadcast on last night...

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Tue, 30 Nov 2021

Tiger Woods interview: ICYMI, how Charlie gets HOT DOGS if he beats his dad

Tiger Woods has spoken to the media for the first time since his car crash and there was a lot to unpack. 

In an exclusive interview with Golf Digest, Woods, 45, spoke at length on a number of topics.

That included hospital stories about being poked and prodded in the middle of the night. 

He also spoke about the first time he picked up his putter and felt clean, crisp contact off the blade again. 

Woods even had his putter lengthened because it put too much strain on his back, he said. 

There is no doubt at this time you have taken the time to watch it yourself and draw your own conclusions. 

Woods has confirmed that he will not play on the PGA Tour full time ever again, instead opting to pick and choose events just like Ben Hogan.

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What stood out in that interview was just how much golf he had already played by the time he uploaded the swing video.

At the height of the pandemic he was playing 54 holes a day (clearly, in a cart) as he got free reign of Medalist Golf Club in Florida. 

Woods' son Charlie, whom he teamed up with at the PNC Championship, clearly wants to follow in his father's footsteps. 

One of the most striking aspects was the thought processes he is trying to teach his son, thinking several steps ahead like a chess game. 

Where is your miss? What type of shot are you going to hit here? 

Woods explained to Henni Koyack that his son is partial to bursts of anger when things don't go his way.

What Woods said next tells you everything about how he got so damn good at the game:

"I said, ‘Son, I don't care how mad you get. Your head could blow off for all I care just as long as you're 100 percent committed to the next shot. That's all that matters. That next shot should be the most important shot in your life. It should be more important than breathing. Once you understand that concept, then I think you’ll get better.' And as the rounds went on throughout the summer, he's gotten so much better.”

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More important than breathing? Okay, cool. There is no doubt if Charlie follows his fathers tutelage he will do big things. 

Woods also went onto explain some of the fun games he plays with Charlie, such as closest to the pin with chip shots around the green. 

If Charlie beats Dad two times out of three, he gets a hot dog, but if he loses then Tiger gets to eat chips in front of him, he said. 

Woods also told Golf Digest that he regards Justin Thomas as like family:

"The Thomases and the Woodses are like family," he said. "JT is like the brother I never had, and Charlie is like the little brother that JT never had."

There is of course a lot more to unpack. 

Woods is due to speak to the media again today ahead of the Hero World Challenge.

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