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(CNN)Tiger Woods always wanted us to believe that he was just like the rest of us. "We're all the same; we're all human," Woods told CNN Sport in 2006. And yet, in the same breath, he understood just how different he really was. Asked in the same interview where he could go in the world and not be recognized, he said: "Underwater! That's why I like diving." The world's most famous golfer, one of the most iconic athletes of our lifetime, has never been comfortable with fame; he's endured an almost total lack of privacy from when he was young....

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Nearly every time, I remember, he grimaced. Even when the microphone didn’t pick up the sound, you could imagine the groan knocking against the back of his teeth. It was worst off the tee: The velocity of his follow through, the shift of weight to his left side, the crack, the wince, and then he’d hobble forward or double over. He frequently used his driver as an improvised cane, walking gingerly up the fairways. His week was accompanied by none of the usual accoutrements of his major championship routine — no hitting balls after the round, practice limited to nine...

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Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers of all time. Since his much-anticipated debut as a professional in 1996, Woods has won 82 times on the PGA Tour and is second to Jack Nicklauswith 15 major titles. And, he’s Black.  For his fellow competitors and most golf fans, Woods’ skin color has never been a major topic of conversation. It’s insignificant because his accomplishments are viewed as that of a golfer, not a Black golfer. While Woods today is revered for his greatness on the links, he endured all sorts of racism on the golf course before becoming a...

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Ten years ago, Tiger Woods sat in his boyhood home across from his father's body, waiting on the men from the funeral home to arrive and carry Earl away. It was around 3 in the morning. Outside this bedroom in Cypress, California, the mechanism of burial and goodbye sputtered into action, while inside, Tiger and his half sister, Royce, floated in those gauzy first hours after a death, when a loved one isn't there but doesn't quite seem gone either. About an hour earlier, Earl had taken two or three final breaths that sounded different from the ones that came...

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ForFor his most devoted fans, watching Tiger Woods play golf has always been the can’t-miss main attraction of any tournament—but for much of the last decade it came with a built-in side show. There was a game within the game, one centered around a seemingly simple question that proved to have a surprisingly elusive answer: Who is Tiger Tracker? Over the years, countless golf aficionados turned would-be detectives launched amateur investigations aimed at uncovering who was behind @GCTigerTracker. Since launching in 2012, Golf Channel’s wildly popular Twitter account followed Woods wherever he played and reported on his every move and...

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