Tiger Woods Is In Turkey

Between October 9 and 12, Antalya Golf Club is hosting the world’s top eight golfers. The eyes of millions of golf fans from around the world will be on the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final. One of the guests is tiger woods, who is known as one the world’s top golfers.

What does it take to be one of the world’s top golf player? How do you plan your year?

My year is very structured with family time, practice, playing, and numerous long-standing commitments. It’s a lot of fun traveling to a country where I’ve never been, and especially one I’ve heard many good things about.

What was the best moment in your professional career?

The best moment of my professional career was either the 1997 Masters or the 2008 US Open. The Masters was my first major win and it was a special year for me and my pop. He had had a heart attack in 1996 and the doctors told him not to go to Augusta, but he did anyway. He gave me a putting lesson Wednesday night and it was one of the best putting tournaments I’ve ever had. I’ll never forget that hug at the end.
How advancing technologies affecting golf?

The game of golf continues to evolve and technology plays a big part in the game. Driving distance has steadily increased since I joined the PGA Tour. Certainly the players are bigger, stronger, and better athletes, but club and ball technology has had a big influence too.

What did you hear about Turkey before visiting? If you had the time to, what would you like to visit in Turkey?

I’ve heard the people are very nice and there’s a lot to see including some amazing natural resources and important and interesting historical sites.

How can Turkey foster and sustain talent for golf?

I think it takes a commitment from many different groups. I’m amazed every time I go to China and see how the sport has grown and progressed, and how talented the players are.

Did you have the chance to follow other international golf events in Antalya such as the Ladies’ European Tour and the World Amateur Team Championship?

I think it’s great for Turkey to host the Turkish Airlines Ladies’ Open and prestigious amateur events like the World Amateur Team Championship. For the International Golf Federation to award the event to Turkey demonstrates the ongoing growth of golf in Turkey and the country’s support of the sport.

How do you regard the World Amateur Team Championship? How can this tournament affect the professional career of a golfer?

The World Amateur Team Championship is a very prestigious event that has roots from over fifty years ago. The trophy is named after President Eisenhower; Bob Jones served as a US captain and the first tournament was held in St. Andrews. That’s a pretty amazing start. The event has been conducted in over twenty countries and it’s great that Turkey is part of that prominent list.
I was fortunate to be on the winning team in 1994, and it was a great experience. I had a wonderful time with my teammates, met really nice golfers from around the world, and grew as a player.

Turkey has been investing heavily in golf resorts. How do you view Turkey as a golf destination?

It appears that Turkey is making a real commitment to golf. Hosting our event and other tournaments demonstrates the country’s understanding of the positive effects of this sport. I think Turkey could become a significant golf destination.

What does it take to be one of the world’s top golf player? How do you plan your year?

My year is very structured with family time, practice, playing, and numerous long-standing commitments. It’s a lot of fun traveling to a country where I’ve never been, and especially one I’ve heard many good things about.

What was the best moment in your professional career?

The best moment of my professional career was either the 1997 Masters or the 2008 US Open. The Masters was my first major win and it was a special year for me and my pop. He had had a heart attack in 1996 and the doctors told him not to go to Augusta, but he did anyway. He gave me a putting lesson Wednesday night and it was one of the best putting tournaments I’ve ever had. I’ll never forget that hug at the end.

How advancing technologies affecting golf?

The game of golf continues to evolve and technology plays a big part in the game. Driving distance has steadily increased since I joined the PGA Tour. Certainly the players are bigger, stronger, and better athletes, but club and ball technology has had a big influence too.

What did you hear about Turkey before visiting? If you had the time to, what would you like to visit in Turkey?

I’ve heard the people are very nice and there’s a lot to see including some amazing natural resources and important and interesting historical sites.

How can Turkey foster and sustain talent for golf?

I think it takes a commitment from many different groups. I’m amazed every time I go to China and see how the sport has grown and progressed, and how talented the players are.

Did you have the chance to follow other international golf events in Antalya such as the Ladies’ European Tour and the World Amateur Team Championship?

I think it’s great for Turkey to host the Turkish Airlines Ladies’ Open and prestigious amateur events like the World Amateur Team Championship. For the International Golf Federation to award the event to Turkey demonstrates the ongoing growth of golf in Turkey and the country’s support of the sport.

How do you regard the World Amateur Team Championship? How can this tournament affect the professional career of a golfer?

The World Amateur Team Championship is a very prestigious event that has roots from over fifty years ago. The trophy is named after President Eisenhower; Bob Jones served as a US captain and the first tournament was held in St. Andrews. That’s a pretty amazing start. The event has been conducted in over twenty countries and it’s great that Turkey is part of that prominent list.
I was fortunate to be on the winning team in 1994, and it was a great experience. I had a wonderful time with my teammates, met really nice golfers from around the world, and grew as a player.

Turkey has been investing heavily in golf resorts. How do you view Turkey as a golf destination?

It appears that Turkey is making a real commitment to golf. Hosting our event and other tournaments demonstrates the country’s understanding of the positive effects of this sport. I think Turkey could become a significant golf destination.

OLYMPICS GOAL

The reinstatement in Rio 2016 of golf as an Olympic discipline after a long period of suspension has been cause for excitement for Tiger Woods. Noting that he will be forty that year, Woods states that he wishes to gain the right to join the Olympics and represent America. Woods commented on Istanbul’s 2020 Olympics candidacy, too, saying that Turkey’s status as an important destination in other sports disciplines could help Istanbul to win the bid for the games.

HEADING BACK HOME

When we ask what souvenir he likes to bring back most from a trip, Tiger Woods wittily replies, “The winning cup of the tournament in the place I went.” He adds that he always takes something for his kids, too.