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Words of warning from Earl Woods

The father of Tiger Woods has a warning for anyone who chooses to pick up a golf club.

"You've only seen the tip of the iceberg with Tiger,'' he said. "It's going to get a lot better.''

Earl Woods spoke Tuesday at a golf camp for youngsters at the new Colbert Hills Golf Course, two days after his son won theOpen to complete a career Grand Slam.

"The guys on tour say the bar has been raised, and they ask what they can do to catch Tiger,'' he added. "They hit ball after ball. Tiger's always out there, too. Tiger's a Stanford man. They're not going to outthink him. What does that leave them? Nothing.''

"Enjoy what he will do because it's something we've never seen in the history of golf. People are seeing the best golfer in the history of the game.''

Earl Woods returned to his hometown for the camp offered by First Tee, a PGA Tour-supported program that offers youths who might not otherwise get the chance to play golf. The facility was named for Earl Woods.

He said he passed along a message from Tiger Woods to the 120 youngsters at the camp: "Listen well and play hard.''

"He recognized from early on that you get out of golf what you put into golf,'' the elder Woods said.

Earl Woods played baseball at Kansas State from 1951 to 1953, but he has less than fond memories of the experience. He played at a time when he was forced to eat at restaurants apart from his teammates because of his race. He said a high school gym coach told him to take up golf, but he had no place to play because of his color.

"So that ended me in golf,'' he said.


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