Tiger Woods Ditches Golf Clubs for Diaper Duty

10/10/2008 at 01:30 PM ET
Charlie Riedel/AP

Though Tiger Woods is currently on what he jokingly calls his longest break from golf since coming out of the womb, one thing his sidelining leg injury has allowed is more time with daughter Sam Alexis, 15 months. "Fatherhood has been very sleepless," Tiger said in an interview with Today‘s Jenna Wolfe. "But it’s been so much fun to see her grow and change, on a daily basis. She’s a daddy’s girl." Joking that her first words were "knockdown four iron" followed by "dada," Tiger shared he doesn’t carry a picture of Sam in his wallet. "I don’t, I won’t. It makes me miss her that much more. It drives me crazy."

The devoted dad, married to wife Elin since October of 2004, says the couple splits the parenting duties. When it comes to diapers, "It’s diaper bingo situation," he laughs. "She goes, you got it. Whoever picks her up, goes."

Tiger lost his own father in 2006, a loss that was particularly hard for him, given their close relationship and the fact that he had to grieve in the public eye. He says he’s learned a lot from his dad, though, and has a greater appreciation for their relationship now that he’s a father himself.

“Inever truly understood unconditional love until Sam was born. It’s just a totally different love. I understand how my parentsfelt and why I used to make my dad crazy or my mom go crazy now. I alsounderstand the joy they used to get and how my mom gets when Iaccomplish things that are important to me. The same thing with Sam,it’s just a totally different feeling.”

Tiger will get to experience that new love all over again when he and Elin welcome their second child in late spring. As with Elin’s first pregnancy, the couple hasn’t learned the sex oftheir new baby — not that they aren’t curious. “Wehave that envelope, you know; they gave us the photo. We go look, not look, look, not look, so everyday it’s, ‘hmmm.’”

Source: Today Show

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Brandi on

Good for them for resisting the envelope! We did the same thing (found out at 21 weeks and had it written down for us) but we couldn’t handle it anymore and we opened it at 30 weeks. Next time I’m not going to get the envelope, it’s just too much of a tease, even if you really don’t want to know.

poppy on

I think Sam Alexis is the prettiest baby.

Crystal on

I’ve never actually seen an interview with Tiger Woods before. He seems completely down to earth. I’m sure he’s sad that he can’t participate in the sport he basically put on the map. However, he’s able to spend time with Elin and Sam. That must be so exciting for him, especially with them expecting their second child. I wish them the best of luck with their expanding family and all his endeavors.

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