What Michael Jordan Had to say about Tiger Woods in 1998

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Woods and Jordan

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com


Tiger Woods is this generation’s best golfer and has had a celebrated career along with an infamous private life. 

After being dismantled as golfs’ golden boy, Woods has been smothered by the fall out of his personal missteps and soft friendships.  As a PGA rookie in 1996, Woods step onto the scene ranked Worldwide #225 and in a single professional tournament he moved up to number 75 in the world.  For the next 19 years he would be within the top 100 in the world, hovering mostly in the top five of the world’s best golfers. 

The last time Woods’ enjoyed the number one position was from March 2013 to May 2014.  But don’t feel sorry for the record breaking golfer, he has been asked to redesign a golf course in Beijing, China this year a project with an estimated payday of $16.5 million. 

Michael Jordan in 1998, had this to say about the then number one golfer in the world, Tiger Woods. 

We talk a couple of times a week on the phone. But not a whole lot about golf. I guess he looks at me as kind of a big brother, which is fine. He’s got a lot to deal with. He’s 22 years old, but people want to project him to be older. Just because he hits the ball nine miles and wins the Masters by 12 strokes, he’s supposed to have all the answers. He’s supposed to be perfect. That’s not fair, but he’ll be fine. He’ll deal with it. . . . Don’t forget, though: A lot hit him in a short time. His first instinct at being in the spotlight was to become a recluse. Well, that’s wrong. Believe me, I know. You can’t just go to the golf course and when you’re done, go back and lock yourself in your hotel room. I’ve been there; it’s miserable. You can’t just stare at the TV. You lose your sense of society. You’re not living life. My God, he should be having fun doing what he’s doing. . . . The more he learns to relax with his job, the more he’ll enjoy it, and the better he’ll become.

Seems almost prophetic.

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