This 1992 news segment is a fascinating insight into the mind of Tiger Woods

February 13, 2019
It's Genesis Open week on the PGA Tour, the home of Hogan, and the place where, at 16 years-old, Tiger made his PGA Tour debut. It was an extremely big deal at the time, as you can imagine -- so big, in fact, that CBS' Sunday Morning devoted an entire segment to the young phenom, which you can watch below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB20bHArPWA There's all kinds of interesting stuff packed into that almost 10 minute segment, but the part I found most enlightening was the footage of Earl trying to distract Tiger while he was playing. We've heard lots of stories of Earl Woods toughening-up Tiger by trying to get in his head while they were playing, but it's fun to see Earl actually do it -- and even more shocking to see it actually work! Here, Tiger is pictured making a few practice strokes hitting a short putt. As you can see, Earl putts him off by putting his putter in the way to block his routine. And then, a few seconds later, we see a young Tiger missing the putt. It's moments like these we seldom get to see, but are fascinating when we do. It helped train Tiger's bulletproof on-course mentality that has propelled him to the very height of the game.