Who could have imagined that Tiger Woods, who used to sear burn marks into his competitors, could CRY? Well, the 46-Year-Old recently did, and a big thanks to his 14-Year-Old daughter, Sam, an unknown side of Woods came to light.
Fittingly dressed in red, Sam presented Woods as a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame at the PGA Tour’s new headquarters and said: “Dad, I inducted you into the Dad Hall of Fame long time ago.”
Without holding back, Wood melted into her arms and was completely lost. In her speech, Sam told a fantastic tale about the day she was born. It was the same day of the final round of the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont, where Angel Cabrera had won.
She recalled: “In 2007, my dad got himself in position to make an 18-foot putt to force a U.S. Open playoff, which he missed by a foot.”
“He then had to rush to the airport, flew from Pittsburg to Orlando, and drove to the Winter Palmer Hospital. Within five minutes of walking into the hospital room, still wearing a red golf shirt on June 18th, I was born.”
Tiger Woods gets emotional about how when he was 14, his family took out a second mortgage so he could keep pursuing his dream of playing golf. pic.twitter.com/PekSeRVThJ— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) March 10, 2022
“He may have lost that day, but he won the greatest gift of all.”
Sam undeniably dominated the night the same way her dad dominated the golf course, which moved him to tears. Watery-eyed Wood uttered amid lightening the moment: “Crap. I just lost a bet to [Steve] Stricker that I wouldn’t cry. Thank you, Sam.” The most touching moment emerged when Sam recalled Wood’s car crash in February 2021.
At the time, Wood required several surgeries to his right leg, hindering him from competing on the PGA Tour.
She said: “We didn’t know if you’d come home with two legs or not. Now not only are you about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but you’re standing here on your two feet. This is why you deserve this because you’re a fighter.”
Wood’s legacy is as much about the present group of stars who sit atop the world rankings today as it is about the five Masters green jackets he’s won and his three U.S. Opens, three British Opens, and four PGA Championship victories. Woods was indeed a dominant player the game has ever seen, but that dominance alongside his skin color added diversity to the all-white sport.