Young Golfer's Emotions Shift Upon Learning He'll Play Final Round with Tiger Woods

“When we got here this morning and saw Tiger on the range, it was like, oh my gosh, this is actually happening."

by Sead Dedovic
Young Golfer's Emotions Shift Upon Learning He'll Play Final Round with Tiger Woods
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Neal Shipley wasn't pleased after the third round, shooting an 80, but immediate news lifted his spirits. His caddie, Carter Pitcairn, revealed he would be paired with Tiger Woods on the final day of the Masters. The young golfer couldn't contain his excitement, confirming he felt a shift in emotions from disappointment to joy. Shipley shot one-over 73 in the final round. Arriving at the golf course, he noticed Woods, a golfer he admired since his earliest days.

“When we got here this morning and saw Tiger on the range, it was like, oh my gosh, this is actually happening. It was really cool."- Shipley said, as reported by Golf Monthly!

The 23-year-old golfer fulfilled his dream by being on the course with Woods and had the opportunity to talk with him. Naturally, the main topic of conversation was golf, and Shipley wanted to seize the chance to learn from Woods. In addition, Shipley and Woods discussed various topics. It seems that Neal enjoyed every moment during the final round at Augusta National.

“Today being out there with Tiger, we were chatting. We talked a lot about just golf, Charlie and just normal things. He's such a normal guy and really cool. He was great to me all day."- he continued!

The promising golfer is grateful for this opportunity, but he hasn't forgotten to thank the crowds who have been with him and supported him since day one. His ambitions are significant for the future period, hoping to achieve great success.

Neal Shipley and Tiger Woods at Masters 2024
Neal Shipley and Tiger Woods at Masters 2024© Andrew Redington/Getty Images Sport

This has been a dream week for him, but he intends to be back at Augusta with even greater ambitions.

“Couldn't be more appreciative of him just being awesome today, and it was just really cool to be around him and just the attention he gets and the roars. The crowds were phenomenal.

I think I have to win one of these things to kind of top this week. Definitely been a dream week, but looking forward to being out here soon hopefully.”- Shipley said.

The young golfer managed to outperform Woods and several other brilliant golfers, finishing at 12-over at the Masters. In the world of golf, success is not easy to achieve. To make strides and achieve great success, it is crucial to be talented. That's the first step towards success, and there are many more steps if you truly want to succeed. 

While we cannot deny that Shipley possesses talent, it's essential for him to be dedicated, passionate, and motivated to succeed in the world of golf. After finishing as the runner-up at the US Amateur at Cherry Hills, he secured a spot at the Masters. 

Neal Shipley: You know, it's been a lot of hard work put into that

After such a tournament, the young golfer will gain even more confidence, which will be a great asset in the early stages of his career. In a media interview, he emphasized that his career so far has been a real journey. Aware that he has put in a lot of work to reach this point, Shipley intends to continue the same. He is proud of himself for being able to overcome career challenges and still craves for the big stage. He is happiest that his efforts have paid off.

“It's certainly been quite the journey. You know, it's been a lot of hard work put into that. And, you know, there's been a lot of lows along the journey, but I've been really proud of myself for how I've rolled with the punches throughout the years and kept working and striving for goals like this. Seeing all that hard work pay off has been unbelievable."

Shipley expresses that he's been dedicated and hardworking for a long period. He acknowledges his talent and competitive ability but emphasizes the importance of refining his skills to match the level required. By successfully making the cut in challenging conditions, he sees it as validation that he belongs in this competitive environment and can hold his own against competitors.

Considering he's still a young golfer yet to fully showcase his potential, Shipley has impressed everyone. Some already believe that this 23-year-old golfer will build a great career and become a respected name in the world of golf. It's difficult to predict what the future holds for him, but the start of his career is promising. It will be interesting to follow his progress and performances in future tournaments, as Shipley could be a surprise in the future. Playing in the Masters is probably the biggest dream for any golfer. Achieving such a dream at 23 is a fantastic accomplishment.

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