ESPN’s beloved SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott died on Sunday, January 4, after a long battle with cancer. SI Golf + Digital interviewed Scott in August about his love for golf, relationship with Tiger Woods and best moment on the course.
I practice a lot. I practice in the winter when it’s cold in Connecticut — a lot. I practice in my bedroom on the carpet — a lot. For all the practice I do, I should be a better golfer than I am.
I started playing in ’98, but I got hooked by playing celebrity golf tournaments. Tiger had a lot to do with it — his passion, the way that he plays. He’s unique and different, and he inspired a lot of my passion. It’s a sport you can’t master. If you’re an athlete, you can do almost anything, but golf is not like that.
Tiger’s a horrible golf teacher. I was playing golf with him one time and we got to this hole, and I said “T-Dub, what do you do off the tee?” And he was like, “This is easy. You hit like a 275-yard drive with a seven-yard draw.” And I just looked at him and said, “That’s all you do?” And he said, “Yeah.” That’s how he teaches. I’ve played with him a few times. It’s always fun playing with him. He laughs about your game.
I thought he’d get one major and maybe two before the back injury. All he has to do is get one, he’s grinding so hard to get 15, to get off the schneid. If Tiger’s healthy, he can win majors in his 40s.
My best moment on the course was the weekend of my 40th birthday. My father, who was fairly new to golf, started playing after he got Parkinson’s. We were playing a par-3 course in Connecticut, and he hits this rescue club like 165 to the green. He’s got 20 feet. I’m like, “Dad, this putt is going to break left.” My buddy says, “No, no, it’ll break right.” My father’s like, “Both of you, leave me alone.” And he curled it in. I started jumping up and down because that was his first birdie.
This article appeared in the Aug. 27 issue of SI Golf+ Digital, our weekly e-magazine. Click here to read this week’s issue and sign up for a free subscription.