Tiger Woods, recovering from a devastating car accident in which he had a broken leg, describes in an upcoming documentary how he had to “overcome his inner demons to perform”.
The eleven-time PGA Player of the Year recalls in “GOATs: The Greatest of All Time” how at the age of 8 he was “the youngest ever to win the Junior World Championship in the 10-and-under division “Reported People.
It “showed me that I can play against the best in the world, even though I’m only 8 years old,” says the link legend in the documentary, which according to the magazine will be broadcast on Sunday.
“It put me on the right track – I had the confidence that I could do it,” says the 45-year-old. “Come back [after losing my first two years] It meant a lot to me to be the youngest to ever win the event. “
People who received a clip of the series reported that Woods says that for him, sport “is also about competing in myself”.
“I have to overcome all of my inner demons to perform because no one is going to save me,” he explains. “It’s not like … [you can have] a bad game and just sit outside. “
Compared to team sports where players can be swapped, “we don’t have that,” says Woods.
“We’re stuck out there alone. And you have to find out. And that’s the difficulty of our sport, no one is going to save us,” he adds.
That attitude taught him “how to stay there, how to grind, how to fight and [that] Confidence is earned. “
Woods was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 on Feb.23 alone when he turned the Median on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes, pulled off the road, and hit a tree – causing the car to roll over.
The 15-time major champ is still recovering from surgery to repair the compound fractures in his leg. It remains uncertain whether he will be able to continue his golf career.
Directed by Kevin Kaufman and in celebration of the work of sports photographer Walter Iooss, the three-part documentary filmed prior to Woods’ accident will include interviews with athletes Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan and the late Kobe Bryant, among others.
“What he did on the course was really remarkable – the putts he would do, his fist pumps to light the gallery, his charisma,” said Iooss.
“When we worked together, he was an ultra-professional. We would have planned the setups with military precision and I always finished early, which he knew as a token of respect for his time. We didn’t waste a second, ”he said.
“Working with Tiger was fun because he has a good sense of humor. For me, his 2019 Masters win is the most emotional sporting event I’ve ever seen, all the more moving the last time we saw him play golf with his son, ”added Iooss.
Premiere of “GOATs: The Greatest of all Time” at 8 pm. Sunday on ESPN.