How Tiger Woods Affects the Game of Golf Essay

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How Tiger Woods Affects the Game of Golf

How Tiger Woods Affects the Game of Golf
Like Muhammad Ali is to boxing and Michael Jordan is to basketball, Tiger Woods is
considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time. Due to his incredible playing on
the course, his young age, and the endorsement deals he signed with major advertising
companies, Tiger Woods' fans place him on the "best of the best" list in professional
sports. Society places an enormous amount of responsibilities on its champions or
favorites. " Sure, he is good on the course, but how well does he support society? What
does he stand for", the public says. There is more to Tiger Woods than a good golf swing
or how well he can say " Buy these shoes" in front of the advertisers' cameras. Even
though Tiger would never say it, his influence over the game of golf and society as a
whole far outreaches the twenty-six years he spent on the planet so far.

Tiger Woods started playing golf in his garage, with a cut off club, when he was eleven
months old. Now, twenty-six years later, he glides through the toughest, most widely
respected golf courses in the world as if he was born to win. Golf course owners and
managers change the distance from the tee-boxes to the hole in order to make the course
more difficult for Tiger. He makes most courses look easy to play well on, despite the
actual level of difficulty. He is the youngest player to win the Masters Tournament in the
history of golf. Tiger makes over one million per tournament in which he places in the top
three golfers. The enormous amount of money as well as the magnificence of his play makes
Tiger a blockbuster mega-star in the world of professional sports and beyond. His
celebrity causes hordes of enthusiastic fans to not only attend the tournaments in which
he plays, but also to follow his every move like a swarm of bees. Jim Curdie of the
Knight-Ridder Newspaper says," they lined the fairway ropes, often five or six deep,
rimmed the greens and surrounded the tee boxes- kids skipping school, adults ducking out
of the office, some getting their first glimpse of professional golf, all hoping for an
up-close glimpse of golf's swiftly rising star".

Tiger Woods' accomplishments off the course bring as much credit to him as those on the
course. Joining with his parents, Tiger created the "Tiger Woods Foundation". The
Foundation helps underprivileged children learn morals and life lessons through golf. "The
Foundation's values mirror those of Tiger Woods- Tenacity, Integrity, Courage,
Self-Esteem, and Drive for Excellence", is an excerpt from the Foundations mission
statement. Tiger and his Foundation strive to foster those qualities and more in
youngsters. Tiger sponsors certain golf courses that allow children under a certain age to
play golf without cost to the children (the courses and the ages vary from time to time).
He tours the country giving golf workshop clinics to children. The Foundation supports
participative parenting and provides classes for those parents that need the information.
It sponsors many parent and child golf tournaments and golf instruction as well. The
Foundation focuses on relationships between parents and their children.

With the help of advertisers like Nike and American Express, Tiger steps off the golf
course and into many homes, by way of televisions, radios, and newspapers, a step that
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