Throughout his long career, Tiger Woods has played both with and against some of the best players of his era.
However, despite regularly rubbing shoulders with some of his fellow greats of the game, in a new video by The Bleacher Report, Woods has revealed who his dream three ball would include – and neither has so much as a PGA Tour win between them.
The video, posted in the build-up to The Match, where Woods will team up with Rory McIlroy, sees him answering a series of quickfire questions from his favourite food on the course to the funniest thing a fan's ever asked him on a course. However, his most poignant answer comes towards the end. The 15-time Major winner is asked what his dream celebrity foursome he'd want to play a round with would be. He answers: "It wouldn't be a foursome, it would be my dad, myself and Charlie."
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Woods’ father, Earl, was the man who introduced him to the game, and, as a baby, Tiger would even eat his food in the garage and watch Earl hit some of his thousands of golf shots. It wouldn’t be long until Tiger picked up a club for the first time, and the rest is history. Earl’s influence only appeared to grow as his son’s burgeoning talent began to emerge, too. Woods said of his father that he “would do all kinds of things to mess him up” while honing his skills to insulate him against any future mind games he’d face on the PGA Tour.
Woods also admits he’s used some of the same techniques on Charlie. During the Hero World Challenge, which Woods hosted, he told NBC's Paul Azinger: “It's going to get to a point where I can't get into his head, and then no one else can get in there either. That's what my dad believed. You've got to be willing to take it."
Charlie is quickly emerging as one of the game’s most exciting prospects. Meanwhile, Woods is often seen alongside him on the course, including during the 2021 PNC Championship. That suggests that, if he is to have a PGA Tour career, the influence of his father will loom large.
While Earl passed away in 2006, it was not before he left an indelible mark on Woods and nearly a decade after his first Major win. Meanwhile, although Charlie’s influence on the game is remains to be seen, there’s no doubt he has an extremely invested dad. Given the enormous impact of both his father and son on Tiger, perhaps it’s no surprise that, even with the greatest players and some of the world's most famous people beyond the game to choose from, the pair would be his first choices in a dream three ball.
After The Match, which takes place on 10 December at Tampa’s Pelican Golf Club, the 46-year-old will once again be accompanied by Charlie as they aim to go one better than last year’s runner-up position at the PNC Championship at Orlando’s Ritz-Carlton.
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Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories.
He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game.
Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course.
Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.
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