"I didn't think he'd be that good," Woods tells PEOPLE of his crushing defeat

By Steve Helling
Updated June 25, 2009 05:30 PM
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Tiger Woods just got beaten at his own game.

Although his face is on the box of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 video game, the golf pro showed that he’s not the best player in the world – at least when it comes to the Wii. To promote the game, Woods played Jimmy Fallon in a three-hole showdown Thursday. Every stroke was shown on several huge video screens in Times Square, meaning thousands of New Yorkers had the opportunity to see Woods lose badly. (“You really stink,” Fallon said to Woods right before the golfer conceded the game.)

But Woods was gracious in defeat. “Jimmy was far better than I thought,” he told PEOPLE afterwards. “I heard that he’s been playing quite a bit, so I knew he was going to be pretty good, but I didn’t think he’d be that good.”

It’s not surprising that his computer golf skills are a little rusty: These days, there’s not a lot of time for video games in the Woods household. Wife Elin, who gave birth to son Charlie in February, isn’t a gaming fan, says Woods. “Over in Sweden, it just wasn’t a big thing to do,” he explains. And his children are too young to play video games with him, although he has high hopes for his 2-year-old daughter, Sam. “It’ll be interesting to see if she’ll be a gamer,” says Woods. “But she can’t sit still yet. She’s only two.”

Woods tells PEOPLE he’s in a happy place in his life, although his disappointing finish at the US Open ruined a special day for him. “I had a busy day that Sunday,” he says. “We had rain delays. I didn’t really look at it as Father’s Day at all.”

Not that he’s complaining: Woods says as long as Sam and Charlie are content, he’s happy. “There are family responsibilities now,” he says. “The kids obviously come first in everything we do.”
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