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TIGER SPEAKS

On golf and kids
'' In order for the game to become hip and appealing to young people, they have to understand the history of the game. The history of the game is that it's always been an elitist type of sport in which only a person with a substantial economic base could play. And obviously, not all families have that. And I think that golf needs a person who is young enough and a lot like the masses of kids to present this game to them as a sport that they, too, can play. And right now, I seem to be the one who is in that position, but a lot of other people are right behind me.''

On golf and race
''Race might be an overblown issue in such fully integrated sports as basketball or baseball. But golf is still difficult to penetrate. Some of the clubs are still closed. So I guess that is why a lot of minorities don't play the game. So if you classify me as African American or Asian American, that's O.K. for now because golf has been predominantly a Caucasian sport. I think as more minorties enter the game and the influx of golfers increases,...that issue is sure to become a dead issue.''

On how he's perceived
''From my view, I don't think I've transcended the issue of race, but I might have. It's just kind of hard to see from my side sometimes.''



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