Tiger Woods’ priorities have changed since his days dominating the green.
Arguably the most famous man in golf, Woods opened up about his his daughter Sam, 9, and son Charlie, 7, during an interview on “Good Morning America” on Monday. “My priorities have changed a lot,” he revealed when asked if he would play in the Masters this year. “My kids now dominate my life and I think that’s a good thing.”
The 79-time PGA Tour winner told Michael Strahan that Woods’ father had a strong influence on his parenting methods. “My dad would always make sure when we talked he never sat above me. He always made sure he was eye level and so he was talking to me and not down to me,” he said. “I do the same thing with my kids… It’s amazing the bond that you can build that way.”
But just because he’s busy raising his children doesn’t mean he has abandoned golf completely. In fact, Woods hopes to play at the Masters next month. “I know that the mind is sharp, I just need to get the body willing to do it. That’s the hard part is getting the prep time in,” he continued. “I’m trying. I’m trying everything I can do to be able to get back and play. I love that event. It’s meant so much to me in my life.”
Woods, 41, shares the children with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren. The two divorced after six years of marriage following Woods’ infamous cheating scandal. He dished on his relationship with his ex-wife on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in 2016.
“She’s been one of my best friends, and I’ve talked to her about so many different things and she does the same thing with me back and forth. We communicate so much better now, it’s incredible. I wish we would have done that earlier on, but it’s been incredible to have a best friend like that.”
Woods recently published a memoir about his historic 1997 Masters win called The 1997 Masters: My Story.