The virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one's own family.
Most players I play with, I don't look at their swing when they're over the ball or anything like that.
My mother's a Buddhist. In Buddhism, if you want to achieve enlightenment, you have to do it through meditation and self-improvement through the mind. That's something she's passed on to me: to be able to calm myself down and use my mind as my main asset.
It's important to relax and not put too much pressure on oneself, players must be patient when striving to improve.
I have a big-picture outlook, I am willing to fall, and I understand it's ok to fall, but I am going to get back up, I may take a step back, but in the end, I am going to take a giant leap forward.
A lot of times I blend in a little bit easier because I'm not like a basketball player who's going to stand out because of his height.
We have a lot of fun every year, and I really enjoy being part of junior golf and the development of these players.
I think life is all about having a balance, and trying to find equilibrium and not getting things one way or the other.
When you look at all of the great players who ever played the game, they all had that other gear that they could go to, and it makes a world of difference.
I always feel pressure. If you don't feel nervous, that means you don't care about how you play. I care about how I perform. I've always said the day I'm not nervous playing is the day I quit.
It was a mixed bag pretty much all week. A lot of really, really good stuff out there, some mediocre and some bad.
I don't think you're ever there. You never arrive, but if you do, you might as well quit because you're already there. Can't get any better. And as players, if you ever have that moment -- you should never have that moment. You're always trying to get better.
When things go right and you test properly and you find equipment that's better than what you were playing, then you can do some pretty neat things on the golf course.
I don't just want to be the best black player or the best Asian player. I want to be the best golfer ever.
Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught.
In retrospect, golf for me was an apparent attempt to emulate the person I looked up to more than anyone: my father. He was instrumental in helping me develop the drive to achieve, but his role, as well as my mother's, was one of support and guidance, not interference.
In golf, just because a person is big and cut and ripped, doesn't mean they have a physical advantage.
At the end of every tournament, to review every stroke and every hole, seeing what I can learn from the experience.
It provides a different type of element and mental strain athletes love. That's what makes the game of golf so special.
There are still courses in the United States that I am not allowed to play because of the color of my skin.
I don't see myself a Great Black Hope. I'm just a golfer who happens to be black and Asian. It doesn't matter whether they're white, black, brown or green.
There are a lot of great players from Europe who have never played Augusta, but all the guys in America have all played St. Andrews. They've gone over and made a trip to play St. Andrews.
I'm playing in the Masters. It's obviously very important to me, and I want to be there. I've worked a lot on my game and I'm looking forward to competing. I'm excited to get to Augusta and I appreciate everyone's support.
The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be.
I've been going to chiropractor for as long as I can remember. It's as important to my training as practicing my swing.
I made my share of mistakes. People can look at that as what not to do, and if they choose to make fun of it, that's fine. I can't control that. All I know is that I can control myself. And at that point in my life, I wasn't even able to do that.
My dad once told me: no matter what anyone says or writes, really, none of those people have to hit your four- foot putt.You have to go do it yourself.
You're going to make mistakes. The key is to learn from them as fast as possible and make changes as soon as you can. That's not always easy to do because ego and pride get in the way, but you have to put all that aside and look at the big picture.
Tiger, come on now, you've still got work to do. This round and golf tournament are not over. Hang in there and finish the race.
I chase a little white ball around and work on my farmer tan, that's about it. I think that I've been lucky enough to represent some great companies, and I think maybe that's what it is.
No matter who you are, the game is fluid. The game is always evolving, so you always have to keep working on it. There are plenty of hours in the day to get that done.
I believe in myself. There's nothing wrong with believing in myself. That's the whole idea, is that you can always become better.
Seve was one of the most talented and exciting golfers to ever play the game. His creativity and inventiveness on the golf course may never be surpassed. His death came much too soon.
I think the best thing is being able to play golf competitively for a living. Ever since I was a little boy, that's something I've always wanted to do, and now I get a chance to live out my dreams.
Younger guys now are all working out, and you find that if everyone's doing it and you're not doing it, you're going to be left behind.
One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people's expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about it.
In order to hit a good golf shot at that moment in time when you're standing over the ball, you must believe that golf shot is the most important things in your life.
I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have to go far to find them.
You have to look at the past in order to learn from it and move on. I've done a lot of reflecting over the past year. And certainly, I've turned the corner and am looking more toward the future in a lot of ways.
I've been in some seriously bad places playing golf and it's just part of the game. You're going to hit bad shots, you're going to be in bad spots, and each course, when you learn it, you learn where not to go.
I'll tell you what, I've been in some seriously bad places playing golf and it's just part of the game.
It's something you have to find from within. You have to keep pushing yourself from within. It's not about what other people think and what other people say. It's about what you want to accomplish and do you want to go out there and be prepared to beat everyone you play or face.
Look at the NBA players back when Magic and Kareem played in the early 80's with the short shorts, look at what Michael looked like when he first came in the league compared to when he left. Every sport evolves. Every sport gets bigger and more athletic, and you have to keep up.
You ever go up to the tee and say, 'Don't hit it left, don't hit it right'? That's your conscious mind. My body knows how to play golf. I've trained it to do that. It's just a matter of keeping my conscious mind out of it.
A golfer should never make a mental mistake because the ball is just sitting there waiting for you to hit it.
It's hard to believe, but anything can happen. Accidents do happen, unfortunately, it happened at the worst time.
There's no sense in going to a tournament if you don't believe that you can win it. And that is the belief I have always had. And that is not going to change.
My dad was a big believer of having a golf club that fit me. Always have a golf club that fits you, so you don't have to make any swing compensations for that particular golf club.
I probably will have to become more political down the road when my playing days are done, because I'm going to have to have the support of others to grow my foundation.
There's nothing wrong with having your goals really high and trying to achieve them. That's the fun part. You may come up short. I've come up short on a lot on my goals, but it's always fun to try and achieve them.
I want to say to each of you, simply, and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.
You can win all the tournaments you want, but the majors are what you're remembered for. It's how you're measured as a champion in our sport. The majors are where it's at.
It is technology. They all changed to a harder golf ball, so they gave up spinning on the greens. They all changed to longer drivers, bigger heads with hotter faces and lighter shafts. The problem is, the harder you hit it, the more control you lose.
Talent is something you are born with, and a skill is something you develop. 99% of what you need to succeed in golf are skills.
My dad has always taught me these words: care and share.
My dad has always taught me these words: care and share. That's why we put on clinics. The only thing I can do is try to give back. If it works, it works.
I owe a lot of people an apology. I hurt a lot of people. Not just my wife. My friends, my colleagues, the public, kids who looked up to me. There were a lot of people that thought I was a different person and my actions were not according to that.
You hit a bad shot, you have to get over it right there and then so you can get focused on the next one.
The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today.
The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today. And that's how I look at my life. I will be a better golfer, I will be a better person, I will be a better father, I will be a better husband, I will be a better friend. That's the beauty of tomorrow.
As a child growing up, you never thought about being in a videogame, then to have a game of your own and be lucky enough to set the bar with it in the gaming world, it's a dream come true.
You've got to figure out what works best for you. That's the hard part. I know I can't play as stoic as Hogan, and I can't talk as much as Trevino. You have to be your own person.
I think that in itself, if you're a true golfer, you'll see specific things you need to work on. Much cheaper than private lessons.
I've always had that knack for staying pretty even keel and the more the situation gets tense the more I see things clearly and I think that's just a knack that I've always had.
As a kid when I was growing up, as any kid, you think you know every thing and I was no different to that.
I wake up every day and I can't wait to go to work, and that's a gift. Not too many people have the opportunity to feel that way.
I was living a life of a lie, I really was.
I was living a life of a lie. And I was doing a lot of things, that hurt a lot of people. And stripping away denial and rationalization you start coming to the truth of who you really are and that can be very ugly.
All that really matters is I have two beautiful kids, and I'm trying to be the best dad I can possibly be, and that's the most important thing of all.
I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled, and thanks to money and fame, I didn't have to go far to find them.
I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends, my foundation and kids all around the world who admired me.
The amount of meetings I've been in -- people would be shocked. But that's how you gain experience, how you can gain knowledge, being in meetings and participating. You learn and grow.
There are golfers everywhere who may never get a chance to play a links course in Scotland, a tree-lined course in America or the sand belts of Australia. Hopefully I can bring some of those elements into their backyards.
I've had the luxury of playing golf around the world, and I've spent a lot of time evaluating how to play all kinds of courses.
As a child, the family that I had and the love I had from my two parents allowed me to go ahead and be more aggressive, to search and to take risks knowing that, if I failed, I could always come home to a family of love and support.
The joy I get from winning a major championship doesn't even compare to the feeling I get when a kid writes a letter saying: 'Thank you so much. You have changed my life.'
To have the opportunity to complete the slam at the Open at St Andrews, the home of golf, is something I will never ever forget.
Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions.
The Masters is where I won my first major, and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta.
For many my behavior has been a major disappointment, my behavior has caused considerable worry to my business partners, and everyone involved in my business, but most importantly to the young people we influence, I apologize.
If money titles meant anything, I'd play more tournaments. The only thing that means a lot to me is winning. If I have more wins than anybody else and win more majors than anybody else in the same year, then it's been a good year.
Don't force your kids into sports. I never was. To this day, my dad has never asked me to go play golf. I ask him. It's the child's desire to play that matters, not the parent's desire to have the child play. Fun. Keep it fun.
I love to play golf, and that's my arena. And you can characterize it and describe it however you want, but I have a love and a passion for getting that ball in the hole and beating those guys.
As a kid, I might have been psycho, I guess, but I used to throw golf balls in the trees and try and somehow make par from them. I thought that was fun.
I did envisage being this successful as a player, but not all the hysteria around it off the golf course.
In therapy I have learned the importance of keeping spiritual life and professional life balanced. I need to regain my balance.
People don't understand that when I grew up, I was never the most talented. I was never the biggest. I was never the fastest. I certainly was never the strongest. The only thing I had was my work ethic, and that's been what has gotten me this far.
I'd like to share my experiences and the lessons I've learned and hopefully create some amazing, fun courses.
I thoroughly enjoy getting away from the game and going out fishing because it's so relaxing, so quiet and peaceful. I mean, there's no noise other than nature -- and it's so different from what I do in a tournament situation that it just eases my mind.
My father had always called me Sam since the day I was born. He rarely ever called me Tiger. I would ask him, 'Why don't you ever call me Tiger?' He says, 'Well, you look more like a Sam.
I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children.
Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.
If you are given a chance to be a role model, I think you should always take it because you can influence a person's life in a positive light, and that's what I want to do. That's what it's all about.
To be able to hold all four majors -- the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, PGA -- all concurrently I think is the Grand Slam. But a lot of people have a different opinions on that. People think you have to win it in the same calendar year.
Well, you know, a lot of people look at the negative things, the things that they did wrong and -- which I do. But I like to stress on the things I did right, because there are certain things that I like to look at from a positive standpoint that are just positive reinforcement.