Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening - and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.
You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you.
I don't know why people question the academic training of an athlete. Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their classes.
Left hand, right hand, it doesn't matter. I'm amphibious.
My sister's expecting a baby, and I don't know if I'm going to be an uncle or an aunt.
(explaining to Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice, 1982)
My sister's expecting a baby and I don't know if I'm going to be an uncle or an aunt.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
But the real tragedy was that 15 hadn't been colored yet.
(telling Gator fans that a fire at Auburn's football dorm had destroyed 20 books)
You can measure a man's character by the choices he makes under
When Tiger was 6 months old, he would sit in our garage, watching me hit balls into a net. He had been assimilating his golf swing. When he got out of the high chair, he had a golf swing.
They say golf is like life, but don't believe them. Golf is more complicated than that.
Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.
If you're not just a little bit nervous before a match, you probably don't have the expectations of yourself that you should have.
The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.
They pay me to practice. Sundays I play for free.
(explaining his contractual obligations)
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