The extract “Family Matters” from Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian’s biography Tiger Woods begins with an account of Tiger Woods’ first day at kindergarten. He feels different from other children because he leads the life of a child prodigy. Apart from his talent at golf, he is also very skilled with numbers.
Tiger is shy, and he only addresses the teacher, Maureen Decker, to ask her to call him Tiger rather than his first name, Eldrick. This is a request that his mother makes as well.
Tiger’s mother, Kultida, drops him off and picks him up from school each day. After school, she takes him to a golf course where he practices. Tiger’s daily routine leaves him little time to interact with the other children, even if he wants to.
Decker repeatedly tries to convince Tiger’...