Tiger Woods Up Close And Personal

Golf Superstar Talks To <b>Ed Bradley</b> About Planning A Family


Besides the support he got developing his golf talent, Tiger remembers when he was a shy grade-schooler who needed help coping with a devastating stutter.

"The words got lost somewhere between the brain and the mouth," he remembers, "and it was very difficult but I fought through it. I went to a school to try and get over that, and I just would work my tail off. And I would talk to my dog. He would sit there and listen, and he'd fall asleep. And that's fine, just lay there. I finally learned how to do that without stuttering all over myself."

Experiences like that one drive Tiger. He put more than $5 million into the Anaheim center, a prototype for facilities he wants to build all over the country, and around the world.

"Because this is so near and dear to my heart. This is more important than any golf shot that I can possibly hit," says Tiger.

"But wait a minute. You make a living playing golf. I mean, golf gives you the wherewithal to do all of this," Bradley said.

"Golf's a platform," Tiger replied. "Golf is what I do. It's definitely not who I am. I hit high draws. I hit high fades. I make putts occasionally. But I don't get the satisfaction that I get from building this and helping kids and putting a smile on their face and giving them hope."

At the dedication ceremony in February, Tiger recognized the two people who raised him and taught him to give back. "There are a few people I want to thank who have made all this possible – Mom and Dad," he said. "My father's not here today. He's been a little bit sick, been battling a few things. He did want me to deliver one message: 'Thank you.'"

"Man, it's hard, I mean it really is. It really is. It's really hard not to have him there, because he's meant so much in my life, and you want to share these things with your parents. I got to share it with Mom today," says Tiger.

"I am so proud of him, more than anything," says Kultilda Woods.

More than anything he does in golf?

"Yes. He help other kids. Nobody give Tiger anything. He have to earn it. He have to do it. So the kids, when you give them a chance, opportunity, they can do it," she says.