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  • 15 June 2019
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Tiger Woods Tiger Woods PROLOGUE Standing between two gravestones, Mike Mohler drove a posthole digger deep into the dirt, twisting it like a corkscrew It was Friday, May and warm temperatures had softened the earth at Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan, Kansas Clump by clump, the balding forty four year old sexton meticulously dug a grave, piling the dirt beside it In twenty four hours, the ashen remains of the citys most famous son would be laid to rest there Hardly anyone knew the burial was happening, and Mohler aimed to keep it that way The night before, Mohler had been home watching television when his phone rang It was about nine pm and the caller didnt identify herself We have a burial coming your way, she said An odd way to begin a call, thought Mohler Especially one made to his home at such a late hour Whats the name of the deceased he asked I cant tell you that, the woman said Well, I cant help you if you wont give me a name, he told her I cant do that unless you sign confidentiality papers, she said Mohler told her that wouldnt be necessary The state had required him to sign documents promising confidentiality when he became a sexton seventeen years earlier I need to know who Im burying to even know if they have a plot here, he said She assured Mohler that the deceased had a burial plot Then Mohler heard a male voice in the background say Just tell him who hes burying Im calling on behalf of Tiger Woods, the woman told Mohler His father has passed Lieutenant Colonel Earl Dennison Woods died of a heart attack at his home in Cypress, California, on May ,He was seventy four years old and had been in failing health, his body weakened by cancer and his longtime affection for alcohol and cigarettes A Green Beret who served two tours in Vietnam, Earl achieved worldwide acclaim for his almost mythical role in raising the most famous golfer of all time He was notorious for making outlandish statements, like the time he predicted in Sports Illustrated that his then twenty year old son would haveinfluence on the world than Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, or Buddha He is the Chosen One, Earl told the magazine He will have the power to impact nations Those were overwhelming expectations Yet Tiger repeatedly said that no one in the world knew him better than his father, the man he frequently referred to as his best friend and hero Together they shared one of the most memorable moments in sports history Immediately after Tiger sank his final putt to win theMasters by a record twelve strokes, Earl gave him an iconic bear hug In what was the most watched golf broadcast in US history, an estimated forty three million viewersalmostpercent of all American householdswitnessed father and son sobbing in each others arms as Earl said, I love you, son Dozens of golf telecasts had similarly ended with the two of them embracing and Earl whispering those same four words But Mike Mohler didnt watch golf tournaments He just wasnt a fan of the game Hed never even picked up a club Still, he admired Tiger Woods, and he took great pride in digging the elder Woodss grave Using a cemetery map, Mohler had located Earls burial lotblock , lot , grave right between his parents, Miles and Maude Woods Since taking over as sexton in , Mohler had dugthan two thousand graves Earls would be a lot smaller than most he had been cremated Tiger and his mother, Kultida, were flying from Southern California with a shallow ten inch by ten inch square wooden box that contained Earls ashes Mohler was ready for them After nearly an hour of digging, he had fashioned a grave that resembled a miniature elevator shaft It was twelve inches long by twelve inches wide, and forty two inches deep Using a shovel, he scraped away the loose dirt from the sides, making the edges ruler straight The next day, at around noon, two limousines pulled up to an old section of the cemetery Tiger his wife, Elin and Tigers mother got out of the first car, and Earls three children from his first marriage exited the second Mohler and his wife, Kay, met them Near the end of the twenty minute ceremony, Kultida handed Mohler the wooden box containing her husbands ashes He placed it in the hole and added cement With the family looking on, Mohler carefully packed the hole with dirt, leveled off the top, and covered it with a piece of sod The family then filed back into the limousines andafter a brief stop at Earls childhood homereturned to the airport Days later, when word got out that Earl Woods had been interred, the local business that produced headstones and gravestonesan outfit called Manhattan Monumentsanticipated an order for a large granite monument They called Mohler, but he had no information Neither Tiger nor his mother had left any instructions for a headstone At first, Mohler thought the family just needed time to figure out what they wanted Everyone grieves differently, he knew But five and then ten years passed, and the family still had not ordered a grave marker There is no gravestone, Mohler said inNot for him His grave isnt marked at all The only way to tell where Earl Woods is buried is to know where to look for the corner markers buried in the earth You have to have a map to find them In the end, Earl Dennison Woods was buried in the Kansas dirt in an unmarked grave No stone No inscription Nothing Its like hes not even there, said Mohler Tiger Woods was the kind of transcendent star that comes around about as often as Halleys Comet By almost any measure, he is the most talented golfer who ever lived, and arguably the greatest individual athlete in modern history For a fifteen year spanfrom August , when he won his first of three consecutive US Amateur Championships as an eighteen year old high school senior, to the early morning hours of November when he crashed his SUV into a tree and effectively ended the most dominant run in the history of golfWoods was a human whirlwind of heart stopping drama and entertainment, responsible for some of the most memorable moments in the history of televised sports Woods will forever be measured against Jack Nicklaus, who wonmajor championships But the Tiger Effect cant be measured in statistics A literary comparison may befitting Given the full spectrum of his awe inspiring gifts, Woods was nothing less than a modern day Shakespeare He was someone no one had ever seen or will ever see again Woodss golfing legacy borders on the unimaginable He was both the first golfer with African American heritage and the youngest golfer in history to win a major championship He won fourteen majors overall on his way to seventy nine PGA Tour victories second all time behind Sam Snead andthan one hundred worldwide He holds the record for most consecutive cuts made , covering nearly eight years and number of weeks ranked noin the worldIn addition, he was honored as Player of the Year a record eleven times, captured the annual scoring title a record nine times, and wonthanmillion in official prize moneyanother record The tournaments he played in shattered attendance marks throughout the world and consistently set viewership records on television, his charismatic presence and two decades of dominance the driving forces in the stratospheric rise in official PGA Tour purses frommillion in , his first year as a pro, to a recordmillion in , and the rise of the average Tour purse frommillion tomillion during the same period In the process, he helped make multimillionaires ofthan four hundred Tour pros Pure and simple, Woods changed the face of golfathletically, socially, culturally, and financially At the height of Tigers career, golf beat the NFL and the NBA in Nielsen ratings As a spokesman for Nike, American Express, Disney, Gillette, General Motors, Rolex, Accenture, Gatorade, General Mills, and EA Sports, he appeared in television commercials, on billboards, and in magazines and newspapers He was mobbed by fans wherever he wentFrance, Thailand, England, Japan, Germany, South Africa, Australia, even Dubai Kings and presidents courted him Corporations wooed him Rock stars and Hollywood actors wanted to be him Women wanted to sleep with him For the better part of two decades, he was simply the most famous athlete on earth Tiger wasnt just alone atop the world of golf In a very literal sense, he was alone, period Despite his killer instinct on the course, he was an introvert off it,comfortable playing video games, watching television, or practicing and training in solitude As far back as childhood, he spent fartime by himself in his bedroom than playing outside with other children An only child, he learned early on that his parents were the only ones he should truly trust and rely on Theyor less programmed him that way His father took on the roles of golf mentor, sage, visionary, and best friend His mother, Kultida, was Tigers disciplinarian and fearsome protector Together, his parents proved an impregnable force that never let anyone trespass on the tightly guarded path to success they had paved for their son In their Southern California home, where life revolved around Tiger and golf, the mantra was clear Family is everything The Woods family dynamic made Tiger the most mysterious athlete of his time, an enigma obsessed with privacy who mastered the art of being invisible in plain sight, of saying something while revealing virtually nothing On one hand, he grew up before our eyes, appearing on television shows as early as age two and being photographed and chronicled throughout his childhood On the other hand, so much of his true family history and personal life remains shrouded in conditional interviews, carefully constructed press releases, mythical tales, half truths, sophisticated advertising campaigns, and tabloid headlines So we were not surprised when Woods, through his chief spokesman, Glenn Greenspan, declined to be interviewed for this book Or, to beprecise, we were told that before any interview would be considered we needed to disclose whom we spoke to, what they said, and the specific questions we would be asking, conditions that we were not willing to meet Woodss mother, Kultida, in turn, did not respond to our request for an interview Woods did, however, authorize his longtime chiropractor to provide a comprehensive statement about his treatment of Woods and the issue of performance enhancing drugs In an effort to be comprehensive, we began by reading every book of significance about Woods than twenty in allauthored by him, his father, former coaches, a former caddie, Earls first wife Barbara Woods Gary , andIncluded on that list were the often outstanding efforts of journalists such as Tom Callahan, John Feinstein, Steve Helling, Robert Lusetich, Tim Rosaforte, Howard Sounes, and John Strege We would be remiss if we failed to single out two invaluable sources of information TheMasters My Story by Tiger Woods with Lorne Rubenstein, published inon the twentieth anniversary of Woodss historic win at Augusta, and The Big Miss My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by Hank Haney We mined virtually every page of both books for insight, facts, and reflections that kept our narrative true and on track In addition, we read books on Buddhism, Navy SEALs, gifted children, success, the business of golf, sex addiction, compulsive behavior, infidelity, and performance enhancing drugs Simultaneously, we spent months constructing a comprehensivepage time line of Woodss life, detailing every significant moment or event dating back to the birth of his parents We also reviewed the transcripts ofthanofficial press conferences at which Tiger spoke betweenand , as well as dozens of transcripts of interviews he granted on a wide range of topics with news organizations and television programs With the help of a researcher at Sports Illustrated, we compiled and read thousands of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles about Tiger And with assistance from CBS, NBC, Golf Channel, and the PGA Tour, we looked atthan a hundred hours of footage of Tiger on and off the course Over a three year period, we also conductedthan four hundred interviews with overpeople from every walk of Woodss life, from teaching professionals and swing coaches who once occupied a place in his inner circle to close friends on and off the Tour, to his first true love But some of our greatest insights came from the scores of people in Tigers past who have never been interviewed previouslythose who helped finance his amateur career, the owner of the Augusta home where Tiger stayed during the Masters year after year, a close female confidant, former employees, business partners, his scuba diving instructor, his neighbors in Isleworth, and those who worked with him behind the scenes at IMG, Nike, Titleist, EA Sports, NBC Sports, and CBS Sports Early on we discovered that two of the qualities Woods values most are privacy and loyalty As to the former, many of the individuals we approachedfrom Tigers former agent J Hughes Norton III to past employees of Tigers ETW Corphad signed nondisclosure agreements that prohibited them from speaking to us I was, as most others in his circle were, sworn to contracts and other legal documents, one former employee told us in an email Its not unusual for public figures to require those around themespecially those with access to family members and personal informationto sign confidentiality agreements But Tiger took extraordinary steps to protect even the most mundane information about his past For example, he personally requested that his high school yearbooks not be shared with anyone Remarkably, the public school district granted his wish, telling us we were not allowed to look at them We ended up viewing his yearbooks at the local library instead As for loyalty, individual after individual told us they would have to check with Tiger before agreeing to speak One former high school classmate of his whom we approached in hopes of simply learning about Anaheims Western High School said he would first need permission from Tiger We told him not to bother All of this begs the question Why tackle this project in the first place Our answer is simple Very few individuals are known throughout the world by one word Tiger reached that exclusive club by being the greatest golfersome would argue the greatest athletein modern history But his story transcends golf, and his influence reached around the globe Yet there has never been a comprehensive biography that offers adegree look at Tigers entire life to date, one that closely examines his roots and the vital role his parents played in his epic rise, fall, and return After writing The System, a deep dive into the complex world of big time college football, we were searching for another mountain to climb We could think of noneimposing or exhilarating than Mount Woods Our objective from the beginning was to deliver something fresh and revealing, and in the process construct a complete human portrait of a true, albeit reluctant, American idol This book is that portraitIrresistibleImmensely readableThe authors have laid out a saga that is part myth, part Shakespeare, part Jackie Collins Benedict and Keteyian bring us along for the ride in a whirlwind of a biography that reads honest and true Leigh Montville, The Wall Street JournalThere is beauty and awe in this perfectly pitched biographyIt has torque and velocityIts a confident and substantial book thats nearly as sleek as a Christopher Nolan movie It makes a sweet sound, like a well struck golf ball I found it exhilarating, depressing, tawdry and moving in almost equal measure Its a big American story The authors bring grainy new detail to almost every aspect of Woodss life Dwight Garner, The New York TimesComprehensive, propulsive, packed with incidentand unsparing Ian Crouch, The New YorkerAn ambitiousdegree portrait of golfs most scrutinized figureThe book features fresh reporting on almost every significant element of Woods story It is a book brimming with revealing details Sam Weinman, Golf DigestI have been trying to write about Tiger since he was a teenager I thought he was unknowable This book proves me wrong Here, finally, is Tiger Woods Michael Bamberger, senior writer for Sports Illustratedand author of Men in GreenChillingExhaustively researchedThe authors present Woods as a man both blessed and cursed by his otherworldly ability to separate his off the course problems from his performance on it Tiger Woodsis a fascinating analysis of the former, but for golf fansand probably for Woods himselfhis worth will still be judged by the latter What Benedict and Keteyian do better than in any biography Ive read about Woods is detail the human costs of this machine like focus John Paul Newport, Bloomberg BusinessweekWhen you read Tiger Woods,you realize these are not just high level reporting gotchas This is Tigers life laid bare Bryan Curtis, The RingerPainstakingAn exhaustive dive into understanding who Tiger really isBenedict and Keteyian provide extensive details Financial TimesA searing biography of golfs most blazing talent GOLF magazineJuicyA far reaching portrait of Tiger on and off the golf coursePlenty of new revelations, and incredible additional detail and insight into Tigers professional and personal life Golf Digest

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