Tiger Woods, “Achiever” Type Golf Champion


Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods (born in 1975) has been a golf star almost all his life. He was number one in the world most of 1999 – 2010 and is now eighth. He’s won 16 World Golf Championships, 72 major tour events, and many other awards. He was introduced to golf before the age of two by his father and won the Under Age 10 section of the Drive, Pitch, and Putt competition when he was six. When he was eight he won the 9–10 boys’ event at the Junior World Golf Championships and the Junior World Championships six times.

Reading his own blogs, it’s clear that Tiger Woods works hard. He’s a good sport, polite, competitive. Wanting to do his best appears more important than wielding power over others. You’ll experience his extroversion and optimism, typical of Achievers in the Enneagram system.
4-11-12 Tiger Wood blog excerpts:
“One cool thing about winning was my kids got to watch on television. They were at home rooting and were so excited when I was able to show them the trophy the next day. They were excited for about three seconds and then it was on to the next thing.
One thing I would like to say about the Masters last week is that obviously I got frustrated at times and know some of my actions were wrong, especially at No. 16. The Masters means a lot to me, and I was trying as hard as I could. I’m out there competing. I grind every day, and my expectations are to do my best. It’s very disappointing when that doesn’t happen…
Oh man, it was such a great atmosphere to play. The people were so fantastic, nice and supportive. They were trying to get me to play well. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t quite get it done…
Congratulations to Bubba Watson for winning. We used to play a lot of practice rounds together. If you think about it, for a lefty, that shot on No. 10 didn’t sit up too badly for him…”
11-23-10 Tiger Wood blog excerpts:

“It’s nice to be home for the holidays after two weeks on the road…
The first stop on my trip was Japan, where I played in a nine-hole, made-for-television pro-am with Ryo Ishikawa… I’ve gotten to know Ryo pretty well… He’s just a great kid. He just won again recently, which I think was his ninth professional win. When I was his age, I was still playing college golf.
Then I went to Shanghai, China, to play in the WGC-HSBC Champions. I had two good bookend rounds but didn’t quite get it done in the middle rounds…
From there, I went to Thailand to play in the World Salutes King Bhumibol skins tournament at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi against Thongchai Jaidee, Camilo Villegas and Paul Casey. I only won one skin, but the fans were just so nice…
It just takes time to build. You just have to go piece by piece. Before, I couldn’t even do it on the driving range and now I can. Now, after working with Sean Foley, I can do it on the golf course sporadically, then it becomes more consistent. Eventually, it becomes a full 18 holes and beyond that, a full tournament…
Phil Mickelson and I were partners in Ping-Pong most of the time against anybody that wanted to take us on. We didn’t go undefeated, but we won every series…
..the people of Wales were extremely nice and very accommodating. The fans were incredible. They were partisan, obviously, but they were so respectful of both sides and great crowds to play in front of.
I recently hosted the Stanford men’s golf team for a barbecue at my house…
It’s good to see the next generation of players stepping up, because it’s great for the game…
Obviously, this has been a very difficult year for me and my family, on and off the golf course. I got through the year, and I’m in a much better place than I was a year ago and my life has balance. It was a lot more difficult than people could possibly imagine.
That’s all for now. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season.”

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