Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, authors of a new book Tiger Woods, did a QA with Golf Digest by email sell before a book’s announcement Mar 27 by Simon Schuster. (We’re releasing this QA in and with an online book mention on Tiger’s dealings with Bill Clinton when Tiger invited a former boss to be partial of a grand opening of a Tiger Woods Learning Center in 2006.)
Guys, congratulations on a book. Plenty of new revelations, and implausible additional fact and discernment into Tiger’s veteran and personal life. To start, news a team-work of Team Tiger—rather, a miss of it—and how we worked around it by doing some-more than 400 interviews.
Understandably, Tiger chose not to pronounce with us for a book. However, he did sanction one of his doctors—Mark Lindsay, who served as his longtime chiropractor—to pronounce with us on a record. In further to being interviewed, Lindsay supposing us with a created explanation—technically, a authorised declaration—that is a many extensive matter to date on possibly Tiger used performance-enhancing drugs. At a same time, we analyzed a transcripts from over 300 Tiger Woods press conferences and review probably all Tiger has pronounced in imitation and on television. We spent a year constructing a 120-page timeline of his life. And we did many of that before we interviewed some-more than 250 people from Tiger’s life. That was partial of what we did to know Tiger’s mind-set and impossibly eventful life.
There’s been a lot of expectation about possibly we would tackle a emanate of PEDs in golf, and a treatments Tiger perceived from Dr. Anthony Galea as he rehabbed from one of his many surgeries roughly a decade ago. Beyond what you’ve pronounced above, what can we tell us about that in allege of a book’s announcement date?
Not much. We’d like to keep what’s in a “Miracle Workers” section for a book.
You’ve reported and created a inclusive mural of Tiger on and off a golf course. If someone ran into we during a celebration currently and asked, “What do we cruise of Tiger Woods?” how would we respond?
First, we competence both answer that doubt differently. But we are in agreement that we cruise frequency of him. His veteran achievements are unparalleled. We see him in a same capillary as Shakespeare. Someone no one had ever seen or will ever see again. What’s many reduction accepted about him—and many some-more compelling—is his upbringing and his personal habits, that mix to make him one of a many complicated, misunderstood athletes of a time.
And how does that review with some of a other high-profile people you’ve created about?
It’s formidable to review Tiger to other high-profile athletes. Arguably, there hasn’t been another contestant in a past 50 years who has been some-more high-profile than Tiger. Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan are apparently right there. But they came along before a Internet, cellphones, amicable media and a TMZ mentality. Everything Tiger did—from a jaw-dropping heroics on a golf march to a personal problems outward a ropes—were amplified and magnified over anything that any contestant had formerly experienced.
The NCAA famously demanded that Tiger, afterwards during Stanford, compensate behind a cost of a $25 dish with Arnold Palmer. You news that before Tiger went to college, IMG had been profitable his father, Earl, an estimated $50,000 a year as a talent director on a junior-golf circuit, and that IMG finished that during Tiger’s time during Stanford to equivocate compromising his NCAA and USGA eligibility. You also news that in Jan 1996, Tiger’s final year during Stanford, Earl Woods put together a bill of $27,170 for transport to events, and we quote John Merchant—a longtime profession for a family after dismissed by Earl Woods—laying out how an particular offering to financial it: “I saw to it that my man gave me a money,” Merchant says. “And we got it to Earl. And Tiger participated in a tournaments.” You supplement that no one other than Merchant was to know who had given income to Tiger. Not even Tiger. Describe how it worked.
John Merchant played a pivotal, despite mostly invisible purpose in Tiger’s teenage years by his transition to apropos a pro. One of Merchant’s many critical functions was assisting to financial Tiger’s pledge career. As a counsel and a member of a USGA’s executive committee, he knew a restrictions and stipulations on profitable amateurs. So he helped classify clinics and speeches where Tiger and Earl would seem during private clubs, quite in Merchant’s home state, Connecticut. There, Tiger would put on an muster and Earl would give a speech. With income supposing by particular bar members, Earl would accept a vocalization fee. That money—and we’re articulate tens of thousands of dollars—was used to financial Tiger’s transport expenses, tournament-entrance fees, etc.
You news how Tiger, while during Stanford, sent a break-up minute to a doubtful hometown girlfriend, a initial genuine adore of his life, that ended, Sincerely, Tiger, and 8 months after apologized in another letter, that concluded, Warmest regards, Tiger. Do we cruise he wrote possibly letter? How many of that do we cruise came from his parents?
The letters were created by Tiger. That’s transparent from a handwriting. The genuine doubt is possibly Tiger’s relatives shabby a calm of a letters. In a box of a break-up letter, Tiger’s ex-girlfriend believes strongly that a minute was a outcome of Tiger’s parents. The reparation letter, that is many some-more heartfelt, seems like it was clearly and exclusively a outcome of Tiger’s thoughts. The second minute also had a advantage of being created after sufficient time had passed, permitting for some-more totalled and courteous words, since a break-up minute was created in a impulse of haste.
In a 1996 U.S. Amateur final, Tiger was 2 down with 3 holes to play and had a six-footer to win a 34th hole. (Tiger had altered his turn pen on a immature to accommodate his opponent, Steve Scott, who had done a tough standard putt.) You news that as Tiger prepared to putt for birdie to cut a lead to 1 up, Scott stopped him and asked if he’d transposed his symbol to a prior spot. (“Woods immediately paused, stood up, and reset his turn to a scold spot.”) If Tiger had putted though doing so, he would have mislaid a hole and a match. Tiger done a birdie putt and went on to win a title, though we news that he didn’t appreciate Scott or acknowledge his action. What did Scott cruise of that, afterwards and now?
It’s satisfactory to contend that Steve Scott was deeply unhappy during a time. So was his caddie, Kristi Hommel, who is now his wife. It was a flattering bruising detriment for Scott, and a miss of acknowledgment from Tiger was hurtful. However, when Tiger complimented Steve for his sportsmanship on a 20th anniversary of a match, his difference went a prolonged approach to improving a past.
You quote a former nightclub owners in Las Vegas who said, “When Tiger got famous, he got mean.” How so?
At that time, Tiger was spending time with Michael Jordan. The dual of them had a repute for entrance opposite as entitled and for being miserly when it came to tipping.
And do we see a “new” Tiger today?
Without a doubt. But that’s also not all that surprising. Like anyone who reaches his 40s, Tiger has changed. His physique is different. His viewpoint has changed. There are new priorities. Plus, in Tiger’s case, there is a fact that he has left by some unequivocally formidable personal challenges. His prolonged conflict with pain has maybe been a biggest cause in changing his outlook. Immobility has a approach creation a chairman some-more acutely wakeful of and elegant for a elementary things in life. Then cruise that Tiger was a best in a universe during one thing. To unexpected be incompetent to do that one thing is devastating. But to recover that ability is no doubt refreshing and delightful and, to a certain degree, humbling. Tiger’s biggest feat to date might be a fact that he has crawled out of a deep, dim hole and climbed behind into contention. He’s given everyone—golf fans and bland people—a reason to base for him
You news that during one point, Tiger was one of about 100 people in a nation who had a $1 million line of credit with a MGM Grand in Vegas, and that during blackjack he would “routinely play $20,000 a hand, mostly dual or some-more hands during a time.” What kind of a gambler was he?
A unequivocally good one. Competitive, with a mind for numbers. A “sharp,” in Las Vegas parlance, definition he won some-more than he lost. It wasn’t surprising for him to travel divided with $500,000 in winnings. And he frequency if ever chased large losses. Gamblers are frequency described as “disciplined,” though that fits Tiger.
We can’t skip a sex scandal. You quote one particular with approach believe of a random atmosphere during Earl’s home after his subdivision from Tiger’s mother, Tida, describing it as a “f—— rodeo.” And after Tiger’s 1995 U.S. Amateur victory, we news a stage of Earl attack on a immature lady in a preference store and Tiger saying, “Pop, c’mon. You can do improved than that.” How did Tiger’s believe of his father’s womanizing import on him by a years? Do we cruise it played a purpose in Tiger’s after scandal?
We won’t import in on all of a particulars. Suffice it to contend that Earl had an huge change on many aspects of Tiger’s life, including his attitudes toward women. But it’s also critical to keep in mind that Tiger and his father were unequivocally opposite in some critical ways. Most notably, by age 21, Tiger was a multimillionaire whose name approval was famous via a world. Before he was aged adequate to buy a drink, he had some-more energy and change than many Fortune 500 CEOs and high-ranking politicians. These factors can’t be ignored when looking for answers to a liaison that engulfed him in 2009.
Shortly after a Tiger liaison became public, we news that his clergyman during a time, Hank Haney, ran into Charles Barkley and asked him if he’d had any thought that Tiger had been saying so many women. “Hank,” we quote Barkley replying, “let me ask we a question. we spent 10 to 15 days a year with Tiger. You spent 200 days a year with Tiger. If we didn’t f—— know, how in a f— am we going to know?” After your stating for a book, how many people do we cruise unequivocally knew what was going on?
Very few. His mom and his mom were in a dark. Members of his middle turn were unaware. His high propagandize crony Bryon Bell was assisting arrange event with women. [Agent] Mark Steinberg was positively wakeful of allegations involving Tiger and other women. But it’s expected that no one other than Tiger “really knew what was going on.”
Do we cruise Tiger is happy today? Do we cruise he’ll win another major?
We cruise this is a happiest Tiger has been in his life. He has a girlfriend. He spends peculiarity time with his kids. But many of all, he’s finally vital a life though constant, debilitating pain. In terms of possibly he’ll win another major, we positively wish so. And given what we’ve witnessed in a past few weeks, we cruise he has an glorious chance.
One word to news Tiger?
It’s tough to sum adult Tiger in one word. How about four? One of a kind.