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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 147
G OLF needs 'Bad Tiger Woods' like it used to need 'Unbeatable Tiger Woods'. Lovers of the game have almost universally accepted that they’ll most likely never see the former world No.1 win another major, so narratives around his form struggles and private life are what sell papers and screen time right now. While the incredible performances of the PGA Tour’s baby brigade are providing plenty of headlines, it’s simply more interesting when Woods bombs again, or faces yet another crisis at home, or generally does little to dissuade anyone from the long-held belief that he’s a long way from being a class act on or off the course like many of his rivals are. But every so often there are little wisps of goodness, hinting that underneath Woods’ self-serving, kill-or-be- killed approach beats the heart of a nice bloke. One such story emerged earlier this month when it was revealed that Woods, who was afflicted with a stutter as a child, wrote to a teenaged boy after hearing he had attempted suicide after being relentlessly bullied about a speech impediment. The 14-time major winner caught wind of the boy’s troubles after it was reported that LPGA veteran Sophie Gustafson, who to this day suffers from a stutter, had been mentoring the boy in the hope of showing him that it is OK to be different. The boy, later revealed as Dillon, had mentioned he was a huge Woods fan. The wheels were in motion. Woods’ people soon contacted the journalist who penned the piece and asked to be put in contact with the young man. It wasn’t long before Dillon had a letter from Tiger himself, telling him that he was proud of him, that he too was different, that he had worked hard to overcome his own stutter and that Dillon had “big fans like me on your side”. It was heartwarming in the extreme, and the act of someone who not only understood the damaging torment that children can subject their peers to, but also of a parent who knew how he’d feel if teasing pushed one of his own children to the brink. Dillon later responded with an email of thanks to Gustafson, who shared it publicly to show how a couple of kind words were making all the difference in one young boy’s life, and to encourage others to be more accepting. 1 NIGHT $149PP TWIN SHARE 2 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $280PP 3 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $349 PP ENJOY: Deluxe suite accomm Free wifi Free in-house movies Unlimited golf + cart for the duration of stay Daily buffet breakfast Day spa vouchers STAY& PLAY southern highlands (02) 4862 8600 gibraltarbowral.com.au
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