Tiger Woods offered a glimpse of his private life Sunday, hoisting his son and holding him close after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
On Tuesday, he peeled back another layer of life with father. For one thing, he isn’t pushing Charlie, 4 1/2, into sports.
“Whatever he decides, he decides,” Woods told reporters in a press conference to kick off the PGA Championship, which begins Thursday. “If he did decide to play golf, so be it. If he decides to play another sport or not play any sports; as long as he’s happy and he enjoys his life, I’m there to support and guide him in his life, and that’s what it’s all about.”
Woods celebrated his 79th PGA Tour victory Sunday with Charlie and admitted that they do golf together, just as he did with his father, Early.
“He just emulates what I do,” Woods said. “I would go and hit balls and it goes kind of quiet for a while and then the next thing I know and he’s looking over my shoulder and he’s kind of watching and just kind of eyeing me. Then I’ll hit and he’ll hit and his swing starts mimicking what I am doing. That’s how I learned the game and my dad just kept it so light, fun and competitive, and I fell in love with it.”
Woods admitted that he does take some lip from the kid. Imagine that.
“I feel in love with golf at an early age; that was just my deal. I think the reason I did fall in love with it was because my dad kept it fun and light, and I just enjoyed being out there,” he said. “That’s what I want to do with [daughter] Sam or Charlie. If they play golf, no lessons. We are just going to go out there and just have fun, hit it around, laugh and needle each other. He’s only 4 years old, but he still gives me a little bit of grief, which is good stuff.”
Woods does have a line that his child must not cross, though. Call it “the Rickie Fowler line.”
“My kid,” he said, “is not going to wear a flat bill [cap].”