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Meeting Tiger Woods

The Greatest Golfer in the World!

By Jimmy Pitenis | null null , null
Kid Reporter Jimmy Pitenis with golf superstar Tiger Woods in New York City on August 28, 2007. (Photo by Craig Moskowitz)
Kid Reporter Jimmy Pitenis with golf superstar Tiger Woods in New York City on August 28, 2007. (Photo by Craig Moskowitz)

Golf superstar Tiger Woods was a busy man on Tuesday, August 28, the day his new EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour ‘08 video game hit stores.

Woods began a day of media interviews on the Today show on NBC. Then the man I think of as the greatest golfer in the world rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City.

But that wasn’t all. After the bell ringing, he visited the Game Stop Store, then headed to Chelsea Piers, a giant sports complex along the Hudson River. That’s where he spent the rest of the day promoting his newest golf video game.

At Chelsea Piers, Woods gave a golf demonstration of long shots, trick shots and even a left-handed shot. He also showed off some of the new video game’s unique features:

  • You can download your own picture into the game and play against Tiger.
  • You can also be part of the new FedEx Cup playoff chase by playing a virtual round of golf at Westchester Country Club, TPC Boston, Cog Hill and East Lake.
  • Other players you can challenge in the game are Annika Sorenstam, Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, and Morgan Pressel.

TALKING TO THE TIGER

After watching the action at Chelsea Piers, I finally got my opportunity to sit down one-on-one with someone I greatly admire. (I’m a golfer,myself and play every day.)  During the interview, I found Woods to be a really nice guy, who seemed eager to answer all of my questions. Here are just a few of the questions I asked.

Jimmy: What is your next goal in your golf career?

Woods:  Keep getting better. That’s the whole idea. Keep pushing it—rack up some W’s [wins] in the part that counts, especially the majors [There are four major golf tournaments each year for male golf pros: The Masters, The U.S. Open, The British Open, and The PGA Championship. Tiger has won each one at least twice.]

Jimmy: What should kids do who want to succeed in sports or other careers?

Woods: Work! Work hard! There are no shortcuts. Look at my father. He used to always tell me to get out there and that you get out what you put into it. You put  in a lot of effort and a lot of hard work, you’re going to get results. But more important, if you don’t work hard, you’re not going to get any results, because if you don’t work hard, you don’t deserve to get any results. So you always have to outwork your opponent.

Jimmy: What do you recommend for kids to improve their putting skills?

Woods:  Practice. I mean getting out there and logging the hours. I used to practice hours upon hours just putting [stroking the ball on the greens].

Jimmy: What makes this video game different from all the other golf video games?

Woods: For one thing, it’s more realistic. I think there is no other golf video game as realistic as this. You can take a snapshot of your face, download it and there you are in the game, and this video has that ability.

THE SECRETS TO SUCCESS

I now know the secret to his success: to be the best golfer in the world, you must practice longer and harder then any other golfer, just like Tiger does.

I play golf every day after school and I can tell you, it is not easy to get great scores on a hole like a birdie or an eagle. And when I watch Tiger Woods play golf, I can see that his ability to control and direct the golf ball is truly amazing. I am already working hard to be that good someday too.

At least with this new video game, I will have an opportunity in my lifetime to beat Tiger Woods! And maybe I’ll learn something from him while I’m at it.

About the Author

Jimmy Pitenis is a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.

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