Sports writers Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian on their biography of Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods Was Basically Programmed to Win at Golf

Tiger Woods Was Basically Programmed to Win at Golf

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 10 2018 6:13 PM

The Long, Long Road of Tiger Woods

Pro golf’s biggest star is past his prime as an athlete. But as an individual, his best could be to come.

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Tiger Woods during practice rounds on Tuesday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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Tiger Woods dominated his sport like perhaps no other athlete. But that success came at a price. Woods’ almost military upbringing as a golfing machine lead to a lack of interpersonal connections and, years later, numerous scandals in the public eye. Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian are out with the eponymous biography Tiger Woods, and talk about the golfer's struggles, successes, and chances at redemption.

In the Spiel, more thoughts on the awful practice that is torture.

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