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Tiger compares and contrasts his upbringing to Williams sisters after watching ‘King Richard’

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Successful child prodigies often have the mystique about them – just how hard did their parents push them when they were young?

Over the weekend, GolfDigestMe.com first reported on Tiger Woods’ visit to see a showing of King Richard, the movie based on the father of tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams.

Produced by golf fan Will Smith, the story is told through the eyes of Richard, a man who successfully planned the success of his daughters’ careers ‘even before they were born’.

In King Richard, gang members that had previously harangued the family changed their attitude once they started getting famous, apologising and promising protection for the Williams clan.

Tiger related to that:

“I grew up not too far away from where they grew up and gang violence was a reality… shootings and stabbings were a reality. You are forced to pick sides, and sometimes you weren’t allowed to pick sides… they just picked it for you. They sometimes chose whether or not you are gonna make it or not.”

Not everything in the movie was a carbon copy though.

“My dad was a bit different from Richard. He did not push me in that way. He would always tell me to play as many junior tournaments as possible. I played a ton of junior tournaments, whereas Venus and Serena did not.

But my dad grew up in that racial time. And so, for me, to hear all the stories that he passed on to me, and all that Richard was going through, was very relatable. I can understand how he must have felt, and I can also understand what Serena and Venus had to go through.”

Just a few days after the golf community mourned the passing of one of the sport’s great black ambassadors, Lee Elder, it was poignant to read of Tiger’s words.

“Unfortunately, you know, our country at that time, racism did exist. It does now, but certainly not at level which Richard or my dad had to participate in and go through. We are still not quite there. We are still fighting and bickering over it. So, we still have a long way to go.”

Whether Tiger intends to produce a movie based on his own father, Earl, he simply commented, ”Let’s see.”

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  1. Earl Woods

    Dec 8, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Tiger stop doing interviews and play better.

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Massive club-snapping crab clashes with golfers in Australia

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The Golden Bear, Great White Shark, The Walrus, El Pato and maybe even Tiger. Just some of the ‘wildlife’ names found throughout golf over the years.

But ‘coconut crab’?

9News Australia recently posted a video on Twitter of a group of golfers on Christmas Island clashing with one of these huge crustaceans, confirmed by Wikipedia as ‘the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world’.

Indeed, probably better known as a ‘robber crab’, that name seems far more appropriate given the beast’s actions in the clip where he clamps down hard on three clubs despite the golfers’ attempts at pulling the sticks free of the exceptional behemoth.

Eventually they recover a couple, but the longest club in the bag is never leaving his pincers.

Weighing up to 4.5kg (10 pounds) and measuring up to one meter from leg tip to leg tip, this was golfers versus ‘a chainsaw’, as one player named the creature.

Indeed, the way he snaps that driver suggests it was very much a match the golfers would never win, although surely he was going for the putter with that claw grip!

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You can play this Minnesota golf course for free if you’re under 18

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Golf is in a great place at the moment, with an enormous interest in a mere sighting of Tiger Woods on the range and then at his own Hero Challenge.

Top that with the healthy debate on the recent PIP awards and what looks like being record amounts of bloggers and podcasts in 2022, and the sport is in rude health at premier level. But what of grassroots?

As reported by The Morrison County Record, the Little Falls Golf Course will no longer charge anyone aged 18 or under to play golf as ”an investment in our community”.

Aimed at getting a younger generation to take up the sport, City Administrator Jon Radermacher continued, “If you get people hooked on golf, or at least exposed to golf when they’re in their younger years, they’re going to come back when they’re older and capable to pay. They’re going to be future members for our course. I think, for us, that could yield some great benefits.”

With the circa $200 junior membership fee a thing of the past, as well as family membership now a discontinued option, and the abandonment of senior and resident discounts, single membership and that for couples rises to $800 and $1500, respectively.

As well as the initiative, Little Falls will use the increase to offset increasing expenses and to offer pay rises for their employees, many of which have seen their workload increase over the past year as interest in golf has soared both here and throughout the world.

Whilst green fees will change slightly depending on date and time, they expected the average round to be around $45 for a non-member aged 18-plus, something Radermacher says will “be in line with where we need to be.” He continued, “With those changes on the membership side and then the greens fees side, I think that really would set us in line for future years.”

Radermacher called the plan “radical,” but the Minnesota course is hopefully on track to produce another Tom Lehman, one of the County’s most successful golfers.

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The 10 most read articles on GolfWRX in 2021

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With the year almost in the books, here we take a look back at the top-10 most-read articles on GolfWRX for 2021.

From big equipment news and in-depth analysis to hot takes and beyond—excluding WITB pieces—here are the top-10 stories that grabbed the attention of WRXers over the past 12 months. And THANK YOU for reading and your loyal following.

10. Golf fans react to bizarre driving range video

A stranger driving range video is unlikely to ever be found.

Read it here.

9. GolfWRX Members Choice: Best fairway wood of 2021

Our fitters break down the best fairway woods of 2021.

Read it here.

8. Symetra Tour player hit with baffling two-stroke penalty

A rules violation that had more than a few people scratching their heads.

Read it here. 

7. The member list at Michael Jordan’s private golf club is a sight to behold

MJ’s member’s list at The Grove is as exclusive as you would expect.

Read it here.

6. Gary Player’s son ‘banned from the Masters’ for perceived guerrilla marketing

The incident that clouded the opening day at the 2021 Masters in controversy.

Read it here.

5. Sergio Garcia’s wife fires warning to ’embarrassing’ U.S. Ryder Cup fans

Sergio Garcia’s wife putdown of the U.S. Ryder Cup fans got many people talking before this year’s Ryder Cup.

Read it here.

4. Best driver 2021: By club fitters for you!

Our fitters break down the best drivers of 2021.

Read it here.

3. ‘Patrick Cantlay p****d me off’ – European Ryder Cup rookie hits out at U.S. star

Shane Lowry was not happy with Ryder Cup star Patrick Cantlay following a one-sided affair at Whistling Straits.

Read it here.

2. Bryson reveals the cut-off point on money list where players make an annual loss on Tour

DeChambeau had his say on what the cut-off point is where players make an annual loss on Tour, and his answer stunned many of our readers.

Read it here.

1. ‘What the f**k you doing?’ – Former Masters champ tells Brooks Koepka to ‘get a life’

Ian Woosnam sticking the boot into Brooks Koepka was our most read article of 2021.

Read it here.

 

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