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"Certain players, you look at them once and you see something. The first time I saw Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer or Ben Hogan or Sam Snead I saw something special. As soon as I saw Tiger Woods swing, I thought, man, this young guy has got it. 'It' is something indescribable." --Gary Player
"His blissfully sweet swing, mature countenance, and sheer, outrageous ability confirm the arrival, finally, of golf's first black superstar."
"It is conceivable that in terms of overall impact on the sport--when you figure in media, the dollars on the table for him, his ability to be a role model--that if he succeeds he might be the most important player ever."
--PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem
From the Hardcover edition.
Posted December 3, 2008
Tiger Woods grew up in Orange County, California and took a liking to golf immediately. At 5-months old, he would sit in his high-chair and watch his father, Earl Woods, hit his 5-iron into the net of his garage. One day Earl went to get a drink, and when he came back, he was shocked to see Tiger out of his high-chair. Tiger was hitting straight shots into the net at just five months old! This was the day that the domination of Tiger Woods began. He had other toys, like spiderman action figures but he ignored them and played with golf clubs. At eighteen months, Tiger played his first hole of golf, a 410 yard par 4. He made an eleven, making it to the green in eight shots and three putts. At just two years old, Tiger entered a 10 and under tournament and won. He then got lessons from Rudy Duran to make him better. At 5 years old, he was already shooting in the lower 90's on regulation golf courses, making it on the hit TV show That's Incredible! He got recruited to Stanford at age 13, and ended up going there. Tiger was, and still is, dominant. He has 14 majors, only 4 from tying Jack Nicklaus's record. In 2000, he won the U.S. Open by a incredible 15 strokes, and was the only player under par for the tournament. Out of a total 236 tournaments, he has missed the cut only 14 times. He became the first golfer to win all the major tournaments in a span of a year. I would highly reccomend this book to all golf fans, and anyone wanting to be amazed by not only a great golfer, but a great person. This is truly one of the best books I have read.
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Posted June 13, 2012