Tiger has turned forty and is trying to rehab his back, which at this point is a 10-minute walk and then returning home to lie down. That means that there isn’t a lot that he can do, but it has given him the opportunity to reflect on things and this has helped put him in a better place.
Surprisingly enough, the one thing that he doesn’t do with his time is watch golf on television.
“I can’t remember the last time I watched golf,” Woods told Time Magazine. “I can’t stand it. Unless one of my friends has a chance to win, then I like watching it. I watched Jason win the PGA, but it was on mute. It’s always on mute, and I have some other game on another TV.”
It seems he and I share the same attitude about golf announcers, it also seems that his goals have changed.
“My kids are more important than anything else in the world,” he said. “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.”
It seems that his attitude about his children have helped him have a workable relationship with his ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, since their divorce in 2010.
“She is one of my best friends now, and it’s all because of my kids. We’ve worked so hard, and I’ve shown her how much I love them. We’ve worked so hard at co-parenting, to make sure that their lives are fantastic.”
One of the surprising comments he made was about his goals throughout his life. When he talks about Jack Nicklaus it’s not about the majors.
“It was not the majors, OK. There was one on there. It was the first time he broke 40, the first time he broke 80, the first golf tournament he ever won, first time he ever won the state amateur, first time he won the U.S. Amateur and the first time he won the U.S. Open. That was it. That was the list,” Woods said. “It was all age-related. To me, that was important. This guy’s the best out there and the best of all time. If I can beat each age that he did it, then I have a chance at being the best.”
Only time will tell what happens from here, but just the fact that he is Tiger Woods makes me think he might make it back and win again. In the mean time he seems to be in a pretty good place.