Tiger Woods Answers Your Questions About Fatherhood, D.C., Golf History and More
We collected questions submitted by readers, and sent a selection to golfing great Tiger Woods, in town this week for the AT&T National. Read what he had to say about Washington, his most memorable shot, fatherhood and golfing with Charles Barkley.
Ijamsville, Md.: Tiger, Over the years, you've hit many remarkable shots out of difficult predicaments to save par or better and win tournaments. Which one is the most memorable to you?
Tiger Woods: Probably the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine. It was the second round, 18th hole and I did not hit a very good drive. I hit a big, quick hook off the tee, and I ended up in the left bunker up against the left side of the slope, but also near the face, as well. I had to stand probably an inch closer to the golf ball than I normally would, and I had to get the ball up over the lip, and the wind is coming off the left. Also, the ball was below my feet. So I had to get up over the lip, over the trees in front of me and hook it at the same time so I don't lose it in the gallery. I hit this 3 iron that was pure; it felt so good. It ended up on the green and to date, that was probably my best shot I think I've ever hit on TOUR And, on top of that, I made the putt.
Arlington, Va.: Where does speaking at the concert before the Inauguration rank in your career highlights? And can you tell us a little about your trip to the White House this year?
Tiger Woods: Speaking at the pre-inauguration event was certainly a highlight of my career. I was honored that I was asked to speak, and it was a privilege to talk about the brave men and women serving our country in the military. As you may know, my pop was a special forces operator and I have the utmost respect for these brave and selfless individuals. We are proud to honor the military this week at the AT&T National. I really enjoyed my recent trip to DC when I visited the White House after AT&T National media day. I was given a tour of the West Wing, and the President was kind enough to spend some time with me.
Anonymous: As an only child, how is it being the father of two young kids? Are there any experiences you are facing that appear unique/foreign to you because you were an only child?
Tiger Woods: That's a great question. First, I absolutely love being a father. My knee injury was a blessing in disguise because I was able to stay home and watch Sam grow up before my eyes. Now with Charlie, Elin and my lives are even better. Before Charlie was born, I was wondering what it would be like with two children, and it's been fantastic especially watching how Sam loves her little brother.
Arlington, Va.: Are you still happy you selected D.C. as the host city of your signature tournament? And how does playing in "your" event differ for you, compared to playing in an event you're not so directly connected with?
Tiger Woods: We are absolutely thrilled to be in the Washington, D.C. area. We have received outstanding support, Congressional is a fantastic golf course and we have the opportunity to honor the men and women serving our country. I enjoy hosting this event, but it is a very big commitment. Even though I like it, it seems like every day there's something I need to do. All this while still trying to win the golf tournament.
Anonymous: What shot gives you the most trouble? I.e. drive off the 1st tee; short-side bunker; approach out of deep rough; etc. When you're faced with this shot, how do you approach it in order to see it through?
Tiger Woods: I don't think there's a particular shot that gives me trouble. In practice I try to work on various shots in different situations. While the surgery and recovery were difficult it allowed me the opportunity to refine my practice routine. If there's a certain shot that caused me problems, I can now work on it at the range, chipping area or putting green.
Montpelier, Vt.: You must be a student of the game itself. Rather than speculating on your place in golf history: Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Bobby Jones. How would you rank them were you forced to rank the three greats?