Twenty years ago he sparked an era that would change golf forever, but what advice would Tiger Woods give to his 21-year-old self?
“I’d have to say be patient on scheduling, don’t do too much,” Woods told CNN’s Shane O’Donoghue in an exclusive interview for Living Golf ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic.
Much has happened to Woods since he won his maiden major at the 1997 Masters.
Records tumbled, 14 majors piled up, outrage and damage took their toll.
Yet as he attempts to rebuild his career, the former long-time world No. 1 is sidelined again with problems with the back, after missing more 15 months following multiple back surgeries.
“[Get] different hobbies to get away from the game, have a life balance,” the 41-year-old Woods added as he continued to reflect. “I think that’s so important.”.
Woods’ latest comeback stalled when he withdrew from last month’s tournament in Dubai before the second round citing back spasms.
He has not played since and canceled a news conference ahead of the Genesis Open, which benefits his foundation, because of the ongoing back spasms.
While Woods has been battling to get fit for another tilt during the highest priority on the game, another era of players has broken through, with many of his early influences in the game moving on to the senior tour.
“I’m playing against kids that were born after I turned pro,” he added. “That’s what’s so scary.
“The turnover is happening so fast and I’ve been away from it so long that a lot of these names are new to me.”