Tiger Woods isn't one to break out into laughter when speaking with reporters, but that is exactly what happened when he was surprised with a question from his niece.
Yahoo Sports' Eric Adelson reports on a brief moment of levity prior to the serious business of the U.S. Open beginning Thursday.
The usually stoic Woods was answering questions from the media Tuesday in his usual serious and well-thought-out tone.
Suddenly, he took a seemingly easy question from the gallery that rendered a rare laugh and beaming smile from the golfer.
"The U.S. Open is usually one of the most grueling weeks of golf. So what would you do off the course in order to be at ease and relax?"
That question, as we would later find, was lobbed by Woods' talented niece, Cheyenne Woods, who is also something of a golfer.
Woods was taken aback and answered with a rare ease and lightheartedness we rarely see during these pressers. Usually, we get a stiff, almost robotic Woods who gives the golf rants you might expect from such a seasoned veteran of the tour.
After a chuckle and brief, "Didn't expect that," the 37-year-old answered his niece with, "Well, off the course, we have a great crew at the house and we're going to have fun. Tomorrow, make sure you're—is it 6:30 dinner? Is that all right? OK. Perfect."
That is how you score some dinner with golf's best. Well, it doesn't hurt when you are Woods' niece, who also apparently gets a great many tips from her famous uncle, as she states in the following clip.
Adelson has more on Cheyenne and the possible reason she is lobbing softball questions up to her uncle at Merion Golf Club.
...She is writing for a golf website called Back9Network.com, which is affiliated with USA Today. She qualified for the U.S. Women's Open last year and played in her first LPGA Championship.
For the next few days, the U.S. Open will be her beat and Tiger may very well be her big story. The 23-year-old still knows how to keep the golfer on his toes. "I don't think he knew I was going to be at the press conference today. I think I was the last person he was expecting."
Now let's see if having dinner with his niece proves to be good luck for the No. 1 golfer.
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