Tiger Woods and his son refuse to let their golf game suffer during self-isolation.
In a new interview with GolfTV, the athlete, 44, shared the ways he is passing the time during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including nightly putting contests in his backyard with his son, Charlie Axel, 11.
The top prize? Possession of Woods’ Masters green jacket for a day — and his mini-me has bested his pro dad more than once.
“The fact that he has been able to earn it off of me, there’s no wins that are given in this family,” said Woods. “It’s been fun to see him tease me about beating me. He said, ‘It’s where it belongs.’ ”
Elsewhere in his home, his family is using puzzles to occupy their newfound free time, with Woods’ daughter Sam Alexis, 12, and girlfriend Erica Herman tackling 2,000-piece puzzles. But, admittedly, Woods said he’s not on par with their jigsaw skills.
“Once we’re done with the borders, I’m useless,” he told the outlet.
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Woods also offered advice for staying sane during self-isolation, when minutes can feel like hours and anxiety can sometimes compound.
“Just try to break it into pieces to accomplish things,” he said. “You have to slow things down and do things at a different pace and look at things from a different perspective and lens to accomplish goals.”
In January, Woods was spotted serving as caddie to his son during a junior golf event in South Florida. The pro athlete carried Charlie’s golf bag and stood by as the boy showed off his swing on the greens.
After Woods, last year, won the Masters Tournament for the fifth time — his first Major title in 11 years — he opened up about how “special” it was to have his children there to watch.
“It means the world to me. Their love and their support, I just can’t say enough how much that meant to me throughout my struggles when I really just had a hard time moving around,” he said at the time. “But just to have them there, and then now to have them see their Pops win, just like my Pops saw me win here, it’s pretty special.”
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