March 14 - So, you want to be like Tiger? No need to come from seven strokes behind with seven holes to play to win at Pebble Beach. It doesn’t require three straight U.S. Amateur titles, six consecutive PGA Tour victories or two majors before your 24th birthday.
IN ITS APRIL edition, Golf Digest magazine presents the “Tiger Test,” a challenge to see who can measure up to a dozen unusual feats by Woods.
Topping the list? A bungee jump from a 200-foot bridge — backwards, because he didn’t want to see anything. Then there’s the 14 tacos he devoured before a high school match. Seems a friend put him up to the challenge, but could eat only 12.
He also has taken batting practice with Ken Griffey Jr. — “I’ve got warning-track power, baby” — hit zero gravity in an F-16 with the Thunderbirds in Las Vegas, and once bench pressed 1½ times his weight (240 pounds).
There’s a few golfing exploits, too, like hitting a 9-iron 240 yards and a putter 200 yards. He has bounced the ball on the top of his driver 1,000 times and made 200 6-foot putts with one hand.
“After about 20 balls, you’ll see a light patch going toward the hole,” Woods said. “Now you’re making the grain go that way. You just get up there and hit it. It’s not that hard.”
The 12th challenge is a knockdown 2-iron from 220 yards. In an attempt to capture this on film, Golf Digest set up a remote camera at ground level 30 feet away. Woods missed the camera by about an inch, which made for a striking photo of a blurred white ball.
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