They say you should have no regrets in life, but Tiger Woods certainly has a lingering memory from his PGA Tour debut that he had to get off his chest this week.
Speaking to the media ahead of the Genesis Invitational this week, Woods described a mistake that he never should've made when on his first appearance on tour in 1992.
The event was called the Nissan Los Angeles Open 30 years ago and a 16-year-old, fresh-faced Woods was ready to introduce himself to the world.
But as you can see in the footage below, Woods explains that when he was given his event credentials on arrival, he pinned it to his left pocket and this went on to hinder his swing and his putting stroke during the tournament.
Adding to the lore 30 years after hitting his first TOUR tee shot.— Skratch (@Skratch) February 16, 2022
Tiger keeping the credential by his side at Riviera in 1992. pic.twitter.com/dyecgM1Eor
"We all have our credentials, you know, you guys hang your lanyards around your neck, right? So, I had my credential in my left front pocket. I remember on the range and a couple of putts I hit, I actually hit it," Woods explained earlier this week.
"I’m like, ‘maybe I should move this…but yeah, they won’t let me in the tournament.’ So I didn’t move it. So if you look out there at my front-left pocket, I got my little credential there. Don’t put it there. Bad spot."
A lot of young golfers will be able to empathise with Woods. You may have something in your pocket or on your golf bag that you need to adjust, but nerves take over and you try to ignore the hindrance.
Unfortunately for Woods, he missed the cut with rounds of 72 and 75 on his tour debut. Fred Couples, who went on to become great friends with Woods, won the event that year for the second time in his career.
It is fair to say from that moment onwards, Woods made sure he eradicated simple errors from his game. This shows with 82 PGA Tour wins, 15 major championships and 683 weeks spent as World No. 1.