Tiger Woods tells 'CBS This Morning:' My kids associated golf with pain

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Tiger Woods tells 'CBS This Morning:' My kids associated golf with pain

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Tiger Woods tells 'CBS This Morning:' My kids associated golf with pain

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Tiger Woods punctuated his victory at the 1997 Masters by giving his late father, Earl, a hug unlike any other.

That was until 2019.

After Woods iced his historic triumph at Augusta National in April of this year, it was Tiger, the father, who embraced his son, Charlie, and gave the world a mirror image of what had occurred 22 years earlier.

The circle of life applies to Tigers as well as lions.

Until April 14th, neither one of Woods’ children had experienced a major victory with their dad – or at least one that they could remember.

The 2019 Masters was the first major won by Woods since the 2008 U.S. Open. His eldest child, Sam Alexis, was just one at the time of that triumph at Torrey Pines. She is now 12 and Charlie is 10.

At the onset of this comeback, Woods wanted his children to know he could be that same golfer they had only seen in on-line highlights or during historic tournament recaps.

“Daddy has won golf tournaments, and he’s not the YouTube guy. He’s not the YouTube golfer. You know, that they — that they’ve seen the highlights,” Woods said in an interview with “CBS This Morning” correspondent Dana Jacobson set to air Thursday. “They see highlights of that guy. You know, I’m not that guy. I can still do it.”

Woods met up with Jacobson at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., on Wednesday as a “stiff” Woods played an abbreviated pro-am ahead of The Northern Trust and the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Woods is ranked 28th in the Cup standings.

He goes out at 7:43 a.m. in Round 1 from the 10th tee with Scott Piercy and J.T. Poston.

In his interview with Jacobson, Woods reflected on what that Masters win meant to him as a dad – especially given what he’s been through both personally and professionally since his fourth back surgery and DUI arrest two years ago.

“I am just Dad. That’s all they know. They associated golf with pain. And, you know, that was — that’s — you know, still is one of the tougher things that they’re both excited I’m playing again. But also, ‘You OK, Dad?’ You know, that kinda thing. It — ’cause they — they remember those times when Dad couldn’t get off the couch,” Woods said.

The full interview aired on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday.

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