He might not be the worlds best player any more. But Tiger Woods is still the biggest name in golf. That was clear when Woods followed up his touring in Asia with a stop in Tokyo to further inspire young golf athletes and help energize the sport in The Far East.
Woods conducted a clinic for 72 lucky golfers at the Hanz Golf Club in Yokohama. The fans were selected through an online write-in contest where they shared their passion and commitment for the sport of golf. Woods took the group through his normal warm-up routine and provided insights about achieving both distance and accuracy.
“I have a passion for coaching,” said Woods. “It’s always fun for me to share my insights and see an immediate improvement in those who want to learn. It’s like watching a light bulb switch on. It’s a cool feeling.”
Hitting contest at the train station
Before meeting with golf fans at the Nike Store in Harajuku, Woods surprised fans by hosting a hitting contest at Tokyo’s famed Shinjuku train station. With more than 750,000 people passing through every day, the Shinjuku station is considered to be the busiest in the world. Woods competed with three golfers in a lob-shot contest and a driving distance competition at the centre of the busy railway station.
“My trip to Japan was a lot of fun. It was a perfect ending to an amazing trip,” said Woods. “Nike is a great partner in bringing energy to this sport that I love. With this visit to Asia, I hope we were able to influence many to either take up the sport for the first time or inspire those who already play golf, to play more.”