20 of the most inspiring quotes by Tiger Woods on winning

20 of the most inspiring quotes by Tiger Woods on winning

Ciku Njuguna
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:21 PM

Being one of the greatest sportspeople of all time, the personal and professional career of Tiger Woods continues to inspire a generation of young players. Explore and discover some of the most inspiring quotes by Tiger Woods.

What makes Tiger Woods special?
Tiger Woods speaks during a press conference for the 150th Open Championship on the Old Course at St Andrew's in July 2022 in St. Andrew's, Scotland. Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA Tour.
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Since the late 1900s, Woods has been making ripples in the golf sporting industry and the general public. Dig in to learn more about how Tiger Woods has impacted the world.

It is astonishing to know at what age Tiger Woods started playing golf, considering his desire to go pro began at nine. Several publications state that the wunderkind started playing golf as early as two years old, even appearing on television programs to showcase his talent at three years of age. Upon turning nine, he boldly affirmed his commitment to the sport when he told his father, Earl Woods,

"I am going to be professionally excellent."
Is Tiger Woods the best golfer of all time?
The two-year-old golf prodigy appeared on the Mike Douglas Show on October 6th, 1978. Photo by CBS.
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How does Tiger Woods stay focused?

The child prodigy turned pro in 1996 and became the world's most successful person in the sporting industry. As of December 2022, Woods' 27-year-long career has earned him over 80 PGA tour victories, five Masters tournaments, three British Open Championships, three U.S. Open Championships, and four PGA Championships.

Get a glimpse of well-known quotes that reveal why Tiger Woods is the best athlete. Here are five of Tiger Woods' quotes about life from media sources.

  1. “My parents taught me never to listen to other people’s expectations. Live your own life and live up to your expectations.”
  2. "No matter how good you get, you can always get better. That is the exciting part."
  3. "A key to my success. Develop a game plan and try to stick to it."
  4. "The key is to position yourself to win consistently."
  5. "The only thing you can do is to take a learning experience from positives and negatives and apply them to the future. What you did right, and what you did wrong."
Is Tiger Woods playing golf with his son?
Tiger poses with his son Charlie on the first tee during a pro-am before the 2022 PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in December 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by David Cannon.
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Tiger Woods' quotes on golf

Despite facing numerous obstacles, including injuries and near-career-ending scandals, the king of comebacks has risen above the challenges to become the most influential person in golf. One of the most famous quotes by Tiger Woods is the motto passed on to him by his father, Earl.

"Train hard, fight easy."

Budding and experienced golfers hang on to some of the best Tiger Woods' quotes for gaming inspiration before teeing off. Here are quotes extracted from some of his books, including, How I Play Golf, The 1997 Masters: My Story, and Unprecedented: The Masters and Me.

Where does Tiger rank all-time?
Tiger watches his tee shot on the fifth tee during the 141st Open Championship at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in July 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England. Photo by Richard Heathcote.
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  1. “The greatest thing about tomorrow is I will be better than I am today, and I will be a better golfer, person, father, husband, and friend. That is the beauty of tomorrow.”
  2. “When you hit a bad shot, you must get over it right there. Then you can get focused on the next one.”
  3. “Other golfers may outplay me from time to time, but they will never outwork me.”
  4. “The only reason I enter an event is to win. It is not to make the cut or finish top 10 or even second but to win.”
  5. "If you do not go out there and put in the work, put in the effort, you will not get the results, and more importantly, you do not deserve it. You need to earn it."
Is Tiger Woods considered the greatest golfer of all time?
U.S. golfer Tiger Woods watches his drive from the 7th tee during the 150th British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland in July 2022. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP.
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Tiger Woods' quotes on practise

How many hours does a pro golfer practise? Compared to the typical three to four hours an average pro golfer uses, it is impressive that early in his career, Tiger Woods' practise schedule would take about 13 hours.

According to EssentiallySports, the king of golf would begin his training schedule at 6:00 am and end at 6: 00 pm. Here are five inspirational Tiger Woods' quotes on practise and preparation for budding golfers.

Why is Tiger Woods the greatest of all time?
Tiger Woods plays his second shot on the 11th hole during the final round of the Zozo Championship at Sherwood on October 25, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw.
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  1. “I put a lot of effort into the range for hours on end and made changes to get to where I can compete at the highest level in major championships. That is where you want to be.”
  2. “Talent is something you are born with, and skill is something you develop. 99% of what you need to succeed in golf are skills.”
  3. “When I grew up, I was never the most talented, the biggest, the fastest, or the strongest. The only thing I had was my work ethic, which has gotten me this far.”
  4. “No matter who you are, the game is fluid. The game is always evolving, and you have to keep working. There are plenty of hours in a day to get it done.”
  5. "You are going to make mistakes, and the key is to learn from them as fast as possible and make changes as soon as you can."
What makes Tiger Woods the G.O.A.T?
Woods speaks during a press conference after the pro-am before the PNC Championship at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in December 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann.
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Tiger Woods' quotes on winning

For 683 weeks, Woods stood at the top of the world's number 1 golf ranking for the most consecutive weeks. As the most talented golfer of all time, he holds the highest percentage of PGA tour wins at 22.80%, with 82 wins and 359 starts in his career as of December 2022.

In addition, Woods, who is regarded as the richest golf player, has earned over $120 million from his PGA Tour career. Read on for some of Tiger Woods' best quotes on success.

What made Tiger Woods so good?
Tiger plays a shot from a bunker on the 11th hole during the pro-am prior to the PNC Championship at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club In December 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann.
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  1. “There is no sense in going to a tournament if you do not believe you can win it. That is the belief I have always had, and it will not change.”
  2. “Winning is not always the barometer of getting better.”
  3. "Winning takes care of everything."
  4. “The only reason I enter an event is to win.”
  5. “It is ok to fail. Failing does not shape your personality. It is how you react to your failure. Do you dust yourself off and mope or do you dust yourself off and come back stronger? Eventually, you will win. It may take a little time, but you will win in the end.”
How was Tiger Woods so dominant?
Tiger plays his shot from the 13th tee during the second round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in April 2022 in Augusta, Georgia. Photo by Jamie Squire.
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World Golf Hall of Fame quotes by Tiger Woods

During his Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the number 1 golfer gave an emotional speech reminiscing about the tough decisions to keep practising that paved the road to his global success. He said,

“I made practising difficult. It hurt because I wanted to ensure I was ready during game time. I hit thousands of balls, hands bleeding, aching, so I could play in the tournament.”

The heartwarming speech was filled with anecdotes about the golfer's life, including being barred from golf clubs because of the colour of his skin. However, the pursuit of his childhood passion kept burning.

“I was never going to be denied to play. I loved it and had this burning desire to express myself in this game of golf.”

As the first Black and Asian golfer to win a major and receive the highest golfing accolades, Woods did not forget to mention the importance of teamwork. He added.

"I know that golf is an individual sport. We (golf players) work on our own for hours on end, but I didn't get here alone."
“This is an individual award, but it is a team award. All of you allowed me to get here.”

The best Tiger Woods' Instagram caption

After back surgery in January 2021, Woods missed significant events, including the Farmers Insurance Open and the Genesis Invitational golf tournaments. Unfortunately, the following month, he hit a raised reservation while driving and crashed into a street sign and a tree before his Genesis GV80 SUV rolled over several times.

Following the February 2021 car crash, Woods suffered two fractures on his right leg and a broken ankle. He later gave his fans a peek into his recovery journey in an inspirational Instagram post captioned 'making progress'.

The most inspiring quotes by Tiger Woods are derived from actual events occurring in and around his professional life. Tiger's effort to transform his life after making career-ending mistakes makes him one of the best role models for young golfers.

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Ciku Njuguna is a journalist with 3 year’s experience in content creation based in Kenya. She currently covers sports personnel as well as team biographies.