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Whilst Charlie Woods looks destined to follow in his father’s footsteps, Tiger Woods’ daughter Sam has a completely different relationship with golf.

Long story short, she doesn’t like it.

At all.

Save for a handful of limited public appearances – such as caddying for Tiger during the most recent PNC Championship last December – the 16-year-old has rarely been seen inside the ropes.

Now, her 15-time major champion father has explained why.

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Making an appearance on The Today Show to promote his Sun Day Red clothing line – which is now on-sale – Woods opened up on why Sam isn’t interested in the sport.

“Golf has negative connotations for her,” he told host Carson Daly. “When she was growing up, golf took daddy away from her. I had to pack, I had to leave and I was gone for weeks. So, there were negative connotations to it.

“[Instead] we developed our own relationship and our own rapport outside of golf. We do things that doesn’t involve golf. Meanwhile, my son and I, everything we do is golf-related.”

In a wide-ranging chat, Woods also talked about his late father.

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Earl Woods passed away in May 2006, shortly before Woods won his 11th major at the 2006 Open.

“He’s always with me,” said Woods. “I always think about him. It’s amazing how many things I say to my kids that came from him.

“I wish I would have taken more of his advice, I wish I would have paid more attention to him when he was alive, because I’m saying a lot of the same stuff he said in the short time I did have him on this Earth but I’m just so happy he was a part of my life and I get to pass on some of the stuff that is in me through him.”

Tiger added that he would have followed his father into the military had he not become a professional golfer.

“Yeah, definitely. I would have served. I don’t know what I would have done, but I would have served.”

Watch the full segment below:


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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