Tiger Woods says he won't push his son into golf

  • Article by: DOUG FERGUSON , AP Golf Writer
  • Updated: August 6, 2013 - 7:25 PM

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Tiger Woods had a tender moment after destroying the competition at the Bridgestone Invitational. His 4-year-old son, Charlie, was in the gallery and Woods scooped him into his arms when he walked off the 18th green at Firestone.

He later had a personal photo taken of the two of them and the trophy.

Whether his son follows in his footsteps remains to be seen, though Woods said he would not push him in that direction.

"If he did decide to play golf, so be it," Woods said Tuesday. "If he decides to play another sport or not play any sports — as long as he's happy and he enjoys his life, I'm there to support and guide him in his life, and that's what it's all about."

Woods' father, Earl, placed him in a high chair as the father swung a golf club. Woods one day crawled out of the chair and copied the swing, and before long a star was born.

Woods was on the "Mike Douglas Show" when he was 2 to putt with Bob Hope, and at age 3 he shot 48 for nine holes.

As much as his father was a major influence in his golfing career, Woods said he was never pushed.

"It was the exact opposite," Woods said. He was trying to get me not to play it. 'Go play baseball.' OK, I'd go play baseball, I pitched. I can't wait to get out of this so I can go play golf. I would run track and cross country, and I would run home fast to get to the golf course. ... I fell in love with golf at an early age. That was just my deal."

He said he loved golf because his father made it fun, and he enjoyed being on the golf course.

"That's what I want to do with (daughter) Sam or Charlie," he said. "If they play golf, no lessons. We are just going to go out there and just have fun, hit it around, laugh and needle each other. He's only 4 years old, but he still gives me a little bit of grief, which is good stuff."

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FRESH SPIETH: Jordan Spieth certainly is a lot more rested than the last major he played.

Spieth won the John Deere Classic and he was on a charter to Scotland for the British Open. That was his eighth tournament in nine weeks. He wound up withdrawing from the Canadian Open, and the surprise was that he withdrew from the World Golf Championship at Firestone.

"I didn't expect to be in the World Golf Championship ahead of time," Spieth said. "I'll never skip one again. I was worn out, very tired. I didn't feel like I had anything with me. I want to be 100 percent every tournament I play in."

The decision to skip Firestone wasn't to rest up for the PGA Championship, but for the final stretch. Spieth is at No. 15 in the FedEx Cup standings, meaning he is a lock for at least three playoff events, and could become the first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to start a year with no status and make the Tour Championship.

True, the WGCs offer free money because there is no cut.

"But I'm not going to chase a free check," said Spieth, who celebrated his 20th birthday the week after the British Open.

And there was one other factor. His caddie, Michael Greller, got married last Saturday.

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