Since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic back in February, Tiger Woods has not really made any big public appearances, let alone speak at length about his back issues.
That all changed on Monday morning when he appeared on Good Morning America, speaking candidly with host Michael Strahan, about his recovery efforts, his family, and his new memoir, “The 1997 Masters: My Story.”
When asked about whether he could possibly play in the upcoming Masters tournament and whether he could ever regain his competitive form, Woods said, “God, I hope so. I’m trying. I’m trying everything to be able to get back and play. I love that event, it’s meant so much to me.”
“I need to get back physically. I know that the mind is sharp. I just need to get the body willing to do it. That’s the hard part, getting the prep time in.”
As the youngest ever winner of The Masters, Woods won the first of his four green jackets at the age of 21 years old. He didn’t just win, he set the record for margin of victory at 12 strokes. His new memoir reflects upon that incredible milestone when he became a superstar.
“It was hard to believe I was able to pull that off. There were so many great stories and great memories from that week that I share with everyone in the book.”
While getting his health and game back on track is a priority, Woods also spoke about how different his life is at the moment.
“My priorities have changed a lot,” Woods said. “My kids now dominate my life and I think that’s a good thing.”
As they say, there is no manual for how to raise children. But as Woods’ new book also discusses, it appears that the lessons he learned from his father, Earl Woods, will live on through his own kids.
“There are so many things [my father] has taught me over the years that I still pass onto my kids,” Woods said. “When we talked, he never sat above me – he always made sure he was eye-level – and so he always talked to me, not down to me. And I do the same thing with my kids. I always kneel down, get on a knee, and make sure we’re always the same level.”
Honestly, it’s just great to see Woods’ relaxed, candid nature even though he’s clearly in one of the toughest stretches of his career. Everything he said just seemed to be coming from a good place.
Woods’ new book, “The 1997 Masters: My Story,” is available now for purchase.
Check out the interview here. Tiger Woods and Michael Strahan even have a little competition!