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Sunday, August 4, 2013
Tiger: 1st time son has been at win

By Bob Harig
ESPN.com

AKRON, Ohio -- The victory walk was a bit more special this time for Tiger Woods. His son, Charlie, was there to see it and celebrate.

Woods, who won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for the eighth time and captured his fifth PGA Tour title of the year Sunday, walked off the 18th green at Firestone Country Club, where his 4-year-old son was waiting and lifted him all the way to the scoring trailer.

Tiger That's what makes it special for both of us. He's never seen me win a golf tournament. (Daughter) Sam was there when I won the U.S. Open in '08, and she loves to look at the YouTube videos. Charlie has never had that, never felt what it's like to be with the trophy.

-- Tiger Woods

"This was the first win he's ever been at," said Woods, 37, who got emotional talking about it afterward. "That's what makes it special for both of us. He's never seen me win a golf tournament. (Daughter) Sam was there when I won the U.S. Open in '08, and she loves to look at the YouTube videos. Charlie has never had that, never felt what it's like to be with the trophy."

Woods rarely talks about his private life, but after his victory Sunday, he chatted with a few reporters about his son's interest in golf.

"He likes playing, likes going out there and giving it a hit," Woods said. "He likes anything where there is contact with a bat and a ball or any hand-eye sport."

And Charlie's been known to emulate his father's fist pump.

"He has done that and he's kind of cute when he does," Woods said.

Woods, who began playing at age 2 under the guidance of his late father, Earl, was featured on television programs at a young age and was basically a golf prodigy, piling up junior and amateur titles while becoming a well-known figure in the game as a teenager.

He senses how his dad must have felt all those years ago.

"But it's like what my dad did, and that's keep it fun," Woods said. "Go out there, no lessons, and just have fun. He just emulates what I do. I would go and hit balls and it goes kind of quiet for a while, and then the next thing I know and he's looking over my shoulder and he's kind of watching and just kind of eyeing me.

"Then I'll hit and he'll hit and his swing starts mimicking what I am doing. That's how I learned the game and my dad just kept it so light, fun and competitive, and I fell in love with it."

Woods said he'd be happy to see Charlie get into golf.

"It would be cool, but I am not going to be pushing him, and if he wants to do it, so be it," he said. "If he wants to go and play another sport then that would be great, too."

Woods laughed when asked if Charlie is a Rickie Fowler fan.

"My kid is not going to wear a flat bill (cap)," he said.