As we all know about the heart breaking passing of legendary South African leader Nelson Mandela, many golfers and media personalities have world number one, Tiger Woods. He talked about meeting him back in 1998 which was only a year after he won the Masters. He was playing in Sun City when he met the legend himself. I’ll let his words speak for themselves.
“The first time I ever met President Mandela was in ’98. I went down there to play Sun City, and he invited us to his home. And my father and I went to have lunch with him. It still gives me chills to this day, thinking about it. A gentleman asked us to go into this side room over here and, “President Mandela will join you in a little bit.” And we walked in the room and my dad and I were just kind of looking around. And I said, “Dad, do you feel that?” And he says, “Yeah, it feels different in this room.” And it was just like a different energy in the room.
We just looked at each other and just shrugged our shoulders and whatever. And maybe, I’m guessing probably 30 seconds later, I heard some movement behind me and it was President Mandela folding up the paper. And it was pretty amazing. The energy that he has, that he exudes, is unlike any person I’ve ever met. And it was an honor to meet him at his home. And that’s an experience that I will never, ever forget.”
Thanks a bunch to Golf Digest for the quote. Nelson changed lives every time he met someone new and it’s truly amazing and inspiring. I’m so glad we were fortunate to have such a great man on our earth but it’s so sad to see him go. His legacy will live on forever. Read my previous post which included tweets from other golfers and my thoughts of one of the greatest human beings who ever lived here: “Gary Player, others speak out about Nelson Mandela”
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