Watch a 14-Year-Old Tiger Woods Talk Racism in Golf

Tiger Woods 14-years-old

Watch a 14-Year-Old Tiger Woods Talk Racism in Golf

The young athlete said he frequently felt discriminated against.

Published October 31, 2015

Tiger Woods always knew he was destined for greatness, and he knew the impact his career would have on Black history. But the golf icon wasn't in the dark that it would be an uphill battle because of his race.

A clip from an interview Woods did with Trans World Sport back in 1990, when he was just fourteen years old, resurfaced this week, showing the young prodigy talking openly about his experiences with discrimination. 


“Every time I go to a major country club I can always feel it, always sense it," said young Tiger. 

"People always staring at me. ‘What are you doing here? You shouldn’t be here.'" He added that he especially felt discriminated against in Texas and Florida, "because that's where all the slavery was."

Thankfully, the negative attention didn't deter him, and while he wasn't the first Black man to pick up a club, he recognized even then that his dreams were bigger than him. "Since I’m Black it might be even bigger than Jack Nicklaus. I might be even bigger than the Blacks. I may be like a sort of Michael Jordan." 

Even as a brace-faced teenager, he had that swagger. Watch the entire clip below.

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(Photo: Trans World Sport via YouTube)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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