a personalized storybook
This book was created
a golfer without equal!
20 July 2011
The game of golf, as we know it,
was developed in Scotland in the
early 1700's. Since its humble
beginnings, the game has exploded
in popularity around the world.
From its legendary stars like
Slammin' Sammy Snead to the current
crop of rising young stars on the
PGA and LPGA tours, the game has
been played many ways.
And then, there is Tiger Woods's way !
Tiger and Jimmy,
often tee it up on their favorite
golf course, AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB. When
this happens, the only thing safe
from their golf shots is the middle
of the fairway. Worms, trees, ducks,
fish and birds are in mortal danger!
Rumors to the contrary, Tiger is
no cheapskate. The truth is,
Tiger may be a bit frugal when it
comes to less important issues like
retirement planning, dental work and
back - taxes - but not when it comes
to golf equipment.
Tiger learned long ago that golf
is a game you play to win. After
all, there's usually a wager or two
Over the years, Tiger has learned
to hold his breath on his backswing,
play the ball where it lies, and
never worry about a little water.
Golf is not the most important thing
in Tiger's life. He knows how to
set priorities and put things into
perspective. It is not true that
Tiger once played an entire round
of golf in a tornado.
He played 17 holes - his golf clubs
Every golfer dreams about a perfect
round of golf. This is a game where
every drive is down the middle of the
fairway, every green is hit in
regulation, and every putt is knocked
into the center of the cup.
Some golfers even aspire to the
ultimate accomplishment - shooting
one's age. Tiger has no trouble
shooting 35. The problem is, he does
it on the first few holes.
Most "good" golfers have a collection of
shots for every occasion. These include a
fade, a draw, a bank shot, and a bunker
Tiger also has a collection of golf shots
including the worm burner, the skull, and
the pop-fly. His best shot is called,
"Ooops, that's a mulligan," so named by
Years ago, a golf handicap system was
invented. This system was designed to
let golfers of different skills and
abilities play against one another on
an equal basis. The idea is to take
the best 10 rounds of a golfer's last
20 rounds and use these to determine
The system has one major flaw for
Tiger: he has never played 10 rounds
of golf worth counting.
One of the reasons Tiger plays golf
is for the exercise it provides. Other
activities were just not right for
Tiger. He tried swimming, but kept
sinking to the bottom. He tried
tennis, but the net kept getting in the
way. Jumping to conclusions was fine,
but tired him out.
Golf provides exactly the right amount
of exercise for a finely tuned athletic
body like Tiger's.
After most rounds of golf,
Tiger usually joins Jimmy for
a visit to the 19th hole. This
provides them with a chance to rehash
the shots of the day, settle the
wagers, and plan their next outing.
The scene is usually the same.
Tiger delays in the pro shop until
the drinks are bought. Then he
rehashes all of his unlucky bounces,
pays off his debts, and leaves just
before it is his round at the bar.
Despite his apparent lack of skill,
Tiger still manages to hit the
occasional good golf shot. There is
still talk about the birdie Tiger
got last year when he miraculously
hit his shot out of a deep bunker
right into the hole.
Tiger Woods and his partners
play golf for the love of the game.
For them it's an outing, a chance to
get close to nature, and a way to
relieve tension. Tiger once
said, "Every time I hit the
golfball, my stress level goes
Otherwise, why would he hit so many
Tiger has always dreamed about
writing his own golf book. Some of
the titles he has considered include:
Tiger's Tips on Lining Up Your 4th
Golf and Divorce: Do It Tiger's
The 19th Hole: How Tiger Never
Despite suffering through years and
years of frustration playing golf his
way, Tiger has always remained a
good sport. His demeanor is beyond
reproach, he never loses control, and
his voice is never loud enough for
anyone over a mile away to hear.
This, together with the fact that
Tiger always pays off his losing
bets, makes him the perfect partner.
The game of golf is certainly a
challenge to Tiger Woods. Many
friends, including Jimmy,
ask why he even plays the
game. The reason is simple.
Tiger enjoys watching miraculous
events such as a long putt dropping
in or an iron shot finding its way
into the hole.
Tiger would enjoy it even more if
he were the person hitting these
Enjoy the game as you play it. Don't
let your scores ruin your day. Think
of golf the same way you think about
bowling: the higher the score, the
with love from
20 July 2011