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Has South Africa found the next Tiger Woods?

A seven-year-old golfer from South Africa has the aspirations of winning the PGA Tour, The Masters, The British Open among other top golf tournament titles across the globe. He is ranked the 14th best golfer in the world per his age ranks.

Affectionately called Sim Tiger, the young prodigy’s golf journey started at the age of four after his dad tried him at different sporting disciplines like cricket, soccer, and tennis.

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After going through all those disciplines, Simthandile Tshabalala settled with golf as he described golf as a sport that gives him “excitement.”

At the age of seven, Simthandile Tshabalala is arguably the best golfer in Africa per his age rank, and it’s preferably okay to compare him to the legendary Tiger Woods.

Known as Sim Tiger, an alias to mimic the legendary Tiger Woods, the 7-year-old golfer has numerous trophies to his name, and it is clear the young man has a bright future ahead of him.

Young boy with trophy

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In an interview with BBC Africa, he said: “when I am about to play, I feel very excited, but when I get too excited … you know, I mess up”. On his secret to winning a tournament, he said: “you have to practice practice practice because you have to be different from the others, and that is how you win the tournaments.” 

Stating his reasons for choosing golf, he said: “I like golf because it gives you the opportunity to go around the world and learn new tricks …” 

Stories and achievements like this help challenge the stereotypes meted against Africans, and it will be a joy to see when Sim Tiger wins a major trophy someday.

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Kwesi Appiah

Appiah Kwesi Anokye Dennis Jnr, professionally known as Kwesi Appiah is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger and writer.

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