By Ryan Mayer, CBS Local Sports
Tiger Woods is really beginning to open up to the media. Just a couple of days after he held an emotional press conference in which he was extremely candid about his chances of ever winning another tournament, Woods sat down for an interview with Time, and covered everything. Topics ranged from his divorce from Elin Nordegren, to the injuries that have derailed his career, to his recent break-up with Lindsey Vonn.
One of the more interesting answers from Woods came when he was asked about the possibility of the injuries ending his career and whether he’s made peace with that.
“Put it this way. It’s not what I want to have happen, and it’s not what I’m planning on having happen. But if it does, it does. I’ve reconciled myself to it. It’s more important for me to be with my kids. I don’t know how I could live with myself not being able to participate in my kids’ lives like that. That to me is special. Now I know what my dad felt like when we’d go out there and play nine holes in the dark.”
Later in the interview, Woods gave insight into the mentality of a champion, and that a big part of that nature is to be selfish, which he admits can hurt relationships.
“I think every great champion who has ever lived would say, yeah, they’re selfish in certain aspects. That’s how you got there. You had to put in extra time in the weight room, extra time running and running, extra time recovering, extra time running their plays or hitting shots or doing the things that other people didn’t do. Why do you do it? Yeah, you wanted to become better. But there’s a cost.”
Finally, as Tiger comes up on his 40th birthday, it seems as if he’s gotten more introspective and understands that maybe he won’t make it back. But, there’s still a part of him that believes he can get back to the top of the sport, with one obvious caveat: he has to be healthy.
“Absolutely. I have to get healthy in order to do it, though. I don’t think I’ll ever be 100% healthy, but as close as you can to that point, that would be nice. As long as I don’t have the pain, then I don’t think there would be an issue. I will probably play through a little bit of pain, aches and pains, as you get older, you have more aches and pains. But I don’t need another surgery, period. Let’s just not go down that road ever again. No more surgeries. Seven’s enough. Four knees, three backs, that’s enough.”
The entire interview is worth a read for any golf fan. Whether you love him or hate him, it will give you a greater insight one of golf’s greatest champions. What motivated him, his biggest struggles, and what has become most important in the waning moments of his career. Interesting, candid, interview from a normally private and guarded man.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.