It seems like just yesterday the golf world was reintroduced to an amateur golfer/phenom from Stanford University named Eldrick “Tiger” Woods, who the world first met when he was a guest on “The Mike Douglas show” at the age of 2. Like many of you who grew up in the 90’s, I was inspired to take up the game of golf thanks to Tiger. I bought a trendy “tight” pair of Nike golf shoes, golf clubs, golf bag, took some lessons from a PGA pro and eventually played on my high school team.
Golf great Rory McIlroy grew up idolizing Tiger Woods when he was a child, and Nike Golf released an inspiring new film called “Ripple” today showcasing how Tiger changed Rory’s life forever! We’re honored that Nike Golf sent the video for us to share with you. If you’re a golf fan or remember how Tiger Wood or a particular athlete inspired you to take up a sport or follow your dreams, please be sure to watch the video below. PS Since Tiger Woods inspired me to take up the game of golf as a kid, I made sure to share some of my favorite Nike golf cleats (since the “tight Nike golf shoes” I got when I was a kid also inspired me to hit the links)!
“As a kid, I looked up to Tiger,” said McIlroy, who hit a 40-yard drive at the age of just two. When I first saw him on TV, I remember being completely enamored by the energy he brought to the sport. His will to win. His determination. His fight.”- Rory McIlroy
“I’ve been in that same situation,” said Tiger Woods. “Growing up, Jack was my idol. My first recollection of The Masters was 1986, when Jack won. I remember him making a putt at 17 and lifting that putter up. Fourteen years later at the 2000 PGA Championship, I got to play with and against him – someone I looked up to.” – Tiger Woods.
“It’s been an incredible journey for me, going from massive fan to competitor,” said McIlroy. “To think that not too long ago I was that little boy watching him on TV to where I am now. It’s been a cool journey and I’m very lucky I get to compete with and against him, because he inspired me as a kid and he inspires me now. He’s the best player I’ve ever seen.”
Video: Watch the inspiring Nike Golf film “Ripple” based on how Tiger Woods inspired Rory McIlroy to become a PGA Champion golfer from a young age!
The Nike Golf film “Ripple” was created in partnership with Wieden + Kennedy, the film has two versions – a one-and two-minute spot airing on ESPN and The Golf Channel. The film director is Steve Rogers of Wieden + Kennedy and the music “Nuvole Bianche,” by Ludovico Einaudi.
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