“Change is fantastic as long as we change without hurting the innocent”: Tiger Woods applauds the Black Lives Matter Movement as he prepares for “another world” before returning to golf action at the Memorial tournament
- Tiger Woods says it is delighted that the change is caused by Black Lives Matter
- But he said those changes should be made “without hurting the innocent”
- Woods is preparing to take action again on Thursday for the first time in months
- He claimed it would be a “quiet, different world” without fans encouraging him
Tiger Woods tempered enthusiasm with caution when asked about the Black Lives Matter movement that has felt its presence out of the spotlight in every city in America during its five months.
As he prepares to end his own extended lockdown in the company of Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka in a high-profile threeball at the Ohio Memorial tournament on Thursday, Woods commented, ‘I love change as long as we make the changes without hurting the innocent, and unfortunately that happened.
Hopefully that will not happen in the future, but a movement and change is how society develops. That’s how we grow and move forward. That’s how we are honest.
Tiger Woods has praised the Black Lives Matter movement that has emerged worldwide
He said change was ‘fantastic’, but stressed that it had to be done ‘without hurting the innocent’
“Hopefully we won’t lose innocent lives anymore because we’ve moved to a better place socially.”
Never the most political of animals, it’s hard to imagine that the 44-year-old former Stanford graduate grew up with grand gestures of support for the BLM movement before turning down.
In his absence, Woods’ health improved to the point where he returned to playing tennis for the first time in 20 years. He read some novels by thriller writer Dean Koontz and played golf with his son Charlie. “How good can he be? That’s all up to him, ”he said.
Woods is preparing to return to action at the Memorial tournament after months of closing
As for his return, when McIlroy played alongside Woods in the first round of the Genesis Invitational last year, the noise was so loud that the Northern Irishman got off the track saying he needed headache pills.
Such a life has been on tour for Tiger for 24 years now, a dissolute kaleidoscope of sound and color that he learned to harness to gain devastating advantage. It will therefore be fascinating to see how he handles loneliness.
“It’s not just that everything looks different, but the energy is clearly different,” he said. “There is nothing to feed. You make a big putt or a big par, or a big chip or hit the bullseye, there is no one there. All the distraction, the noise, the excitement, the energy. It’s just a quiet and different world. ‘
He believes the sport will be “a quiet and different world” without spectators encouraging it