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Won't push my son: Woods

other Updated: Aug 08, 2013 01:06 IST

Whether his son follows in his footsteps remains to be seen, but Tiger Woods said he would not push him in that direction.

"If he did decide to play golf, so be it," said Woods. "If he decides to play another sport or not play any sports - as long as he's happy and he enjoys his life."

Woods' father, Earl, placed him in a high chair as the father swung a golf club. Woods one day crawled out of the chair and copied the swing, and before long a star was born. Woods was on the Mike Douglas Show when he was 2 to putt with Bob Hope, and at age 3 he shot 48 for nine holes.

As much as his father was a major influence in his golfing career, Woods said he was never pushed. "It was the exact opposite," Woods said. He was trying to get me not to play it. 'Go play baseball.' OK, I'd go play baseball, I pitched. I can't wait to get out of this so I can go play golf. I would run track and cross country, and I would run home fast to get to the golf course. ... I fell in love with golf at an early age."

He said he loved golf because his father made it fun, and he enjoyed being on the golf course.

"That's what I want to do with (daughter) Sam or Charlie," he said. "If they play golf, no lessons. We are just going to go out there and have fun. He's only 4 years old, but he still gives me a little bit of grief, which is good stuff."