Tiger Woods’ kids would rather be Lionel Messi than Dad: ‘He’s playing’

Tiger Woods at the Hero World Challenge in December. 

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Tiger Woods’ kids apparently have no desire to become golf legends.

USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio caught up with Woods earlier this month at the Hero World Challenge, at which point the golfer’s two children — daughter Sam, 8, and son Charlie, 6 — revealed that they’d prefer to follow in another athlete’s footsteps rather than Dad’s.

“Would you rather be Lionel Messi on the pitch or Tiger Woods on the golf course?” the reporter asked Woods’ kids. 

Both children responded with “Messi” — Sam reportedly with a big smile and a giggle, and Charlie more reserved — before Charlie added, “He’s playing.”

Kids say the darndest things. But for a 6-year-old, that’s quite the zinger, as Woods hasn’t played since August because of a back injury.

All Dad could do was laugh it off.

“Well, he’s right,” Woods said.

It’s important to keep in mind we’re talking about a couple of youngsters. A few years from now, they’ll realize that being Dad — a global icon who’s earned a boatload of money throughout his golf career — isn’t so bad, even if things haven’t gone so swimmingly for Woods of late.

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