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Is This 3-Year-Old Golf Prodigy the Next Tiger Woods? | Nightline | ABC News

when you think it's three-year-olds you

might think of learning to eat with a

fork and knife or maybe even riding a

tricycle but the toddler you're about to

meet is a little different his athletic

ability has led many to compare him to

one of the greatest athletes in the

world

ABC's Steve osunsami introduces us to

the little guy with the big swing known

as baby James

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eat the small fry with big talent they

call baby James

he's the pint-sized pride of southern

Louisiana and it just three years old

he's surprising everyone with mad skills

on the Golf Links just enjoy for a

little bit the pure natural talent

what's amazing is how often he connects

and how shots like this one are no

accident you've heard of soccer moms

while his mother Nicole is a

self-described golf mom it's a routine

course we just kind of make it a part of

our daily life with every team driving

her young prodigy to practice at two

nearby golf courses at least four times

a week there you go he would start

hitting the ball around the house while

he was crawling we just moved here and

he started crawling hitting it and I

called my dad and I was like I can't

believe you know he's just hitting the

ball making contact with it when he's

crawling hitting the ball before he's

even walking hard to believe he didn't

start walking until very late after 17

months even then he just couldn't get

enough of his plastic driving irons we

just kind of wanted my fun with it and

doing it he would just do it all the

time he wanted to bring them in

restaurants and we were going out to eat

when he has plastic clubs in his balls

and restaurants he showed such promise

it wasn't long before they bought him

real clubs as he tries to explain to me

himself this was for chili there's a

little baby okay now what happens when

you

you gotta get another one of those I'm

liking me Tiger Woods as parents say

they can't help but think that these

childhood images of a budding superstar

who appeared on the Mike Douglas show in

the 1970s you've seen that old video

Tiger Woods in his day a lot of people

do compare Tiger Woods of course Tiger

Woods is an amazing golfer Caren Tiger

will be getting baby James's autograph

what's your dream for him when it comes

to golfing that'd be great if he went

for the PGA Tour who knows he's so

little

who really knows Wow all right hit that

cameraman for me so many hard as you can

there you go his coach thinks it's

possible I've seen kids that can get hit

balls and have fun but not at the level

he plays that and I guess what sets him

apart is this focus and you know how he

can come out every single day and

practice let's go to the hole number one

okay let's see we went out with the

family one night to see what he's got he

found out I should do it again take a

flag up take the flag out okay

it was crazy hot he was hungry and he is

a three-year-old so he was feeling

playful say hi to everyone out there

hi and we just couldn't stop him from

hitting the ball here it is right here

oh yeah it's great we followed them to

Quincy Illinois for his first big

showing a tournament for children with

his gift he'll be the youngest there

most of the kids he'll be competing

against or at least two years older and

several inches taller he's three how old

are you we have lots of spectators today

any questions

all right if not James will start us off

baby James held his own making a par

four on the first hole of his second day

despite the stiff competition from the

older and bigger kids if mom is his

caddy

James is sitting in third place in the

final round I know they do straights

about five how's your game today they

make an X on the scorecard and parents

pop them into the car and a car seat and

a pacifier in their mouth and away they

go and I'm like wow these kids just

played in the golf tournament but at

just three years his concentration isn't

always fully there on the second-to-last

hole James shoots a 12 you're not

injured but he recovers nicely to finish

the round and with this last putt

[Applause]

James comes in fourth out of 8 and joins

all the other children got a medal and a

spot on the podium good job buddy his

dad told us as long as his son keeps

having fun

they'll keep bringing him to the lakes

mom is so proud of you

they just know this baby is a champion

or not yet I'm Steve osunsami in Abita

Springs Louisiana I can't wait to see

what the future has in store for that

little guy