Tiger Woods addresses ‘internal demons’ in new ESPN documentary

Tiger Woods, who’s recovering from a devastating automotive accident that left him with a shattered leg, describes in an upcoming documentary how he has needed to overcome his “internal demons to carry out.”

The 11-time PGA Participant of the Yr recollects in “GOATs: The Best of all Time” how he turned “the youngest ever to win” the Junior World Championships within the 10-and-under division at age 8, Individuals reported.

It “confirmed me that I might play towards the world’s greatest, although I used to be solely Eight years previous,” the hyperlinks legend says within the documentary, which airs Sunday, in accordance with the magazine.

“It received me began on the best path — I had the self-belief that I might do it,” the 45-year-old says. “Coming again [after losing my first two years] to change into the youngest ever to win the occasion, that meant quite a bit to me.”

Individuals, which obtained a clip of the collection, reported that Woods says that, for him, the game is “additionally about competing inside myself.”

“I’ve to beat all my internal demons to carry out, ’trigger nobody’s gonna bail me out,” he explains. “It’s not like … [you can have] a foul recreation and simply sit out.”

In comparison with staff sports activities the place gamers will be swapped out, “We don’t have that,” Woods says.

“We’re caught on the market by ourselves. And you must determine it out. And that’s the problem about our sport, is nobody’s gonna bail us out,” he provides.

That mindset has taught him “ dangle in there, grind, battle, and [that] self-belief is earned.”

Woods was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 alone Feb. 23 when he veered throughout the median on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes, went off the highway and struck a tree — inflicting the automotive to roll over.

The 15-time main champion remains to be recovering after surgical procedure to repair the compound fractures in his leg. It stays unsure whether or not he’ll have the ability to proceed his golf profession.

Tiger Woods celebrates on the 18th hole to win the 2019 Masters
Tiger Woods celebrates on the 18th gap to win the 2019 Masters
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Directed by Kevin Kaufman and celebrating the work of sports activities photographer Walter Iooss, the three-part documentary — which was filmed previous to Woods’ accident — additionally will function interviews with athletes Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan, and the late Kobe Bryant, amongst others.

“What he did on the course was actually exceptional — the putts he would make, his fist pumps to ignite the gallery, his charisma,” Iooss mentioned.

“Once we labored collectively, he was an ultra-professional. We’d have the setups deliberate with army precision and I at all times completed early, which he knew was an indication of respect to his time; we weren’t losing a single second,” he mentioned.

“Working with Tiger was enjoyable as a result of he has an excellent humorousness. For me, his 2019 Masters win is probably the most emotional sporting occasion I’ve ever witnessed, much more so poignant as a result of it was the final time we noticed him play golf together with his son,” Iooss added.

“GOATs: The Best of all Time” premieres at Eight p.m. Sunday on ESPN.