Tiger Woods had almost as many mistresses as major championships, so one detail in Wright Thompson’s ESPN profile of Woods is a bit surprising.
Thompson writes about how Woods, even before he was married, would readily share stories of his sexual conquests, but he wasn’t as suave as he made himself out to be. A woman who led Woods and another PGA pro on a tour of the Oregon woods called him “Nerdy and socially awkward.”
The sexual bravado hid his awkwardness around women. One night he went to a club in New York with Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan. Jeter and Jordan circulated, talking with ease to one beautiful woman after another. (Both declined to comment about the episode.) At one point, Tiger walked up to them and asked the question that lives in the heart of every junior high boy and nearly every grown man too.
"What do you do to talk to girls?"
Jeter and Jordan looked at each other, then back at Tiger, sort of stunned.
Go tell 'em you're Tiger Woods, they said.
That probably wouldn’t work for Matt Kuchar.
- Dan Gartland