The greatest golfer of his generation became deeply emotional during his acceptance speech for his World Golf Hall of Fame presentation.
After being introduced by his 14-year-old daughter Sam, Tiger Woods joked that he had lost a bet he wouldn’t cry.
As he was inducted into golf’s most revered club on Wednesday night, the 82-time PGA Tour champion and 15-time major champion told those around him his love for how the sport caught fire when he was just 6 years old.
By the time he was eight, he used his skills to win quarters and then discount other kids dollars at weekend tournaments.
Woods said his mother and late father were supportive from the start, to the point where they mortgaged a second home so he could play the junior round in California.
“My passion for golf drives me. I will never be turned down. I love it. I have a burning desire to express myself,” said the 46-year-old.
“One of the things my father passed on to me… is that you have to be twice as good to be given half a chance,” added Woods, explaining that the late father had grown up at the same time as the playing legend. golfer Charlie Sifford, who was the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour.
His father’s ethos was the basis of Woods’ mantra, both in golf and in life: “Practice hard, fight easy.”
“That understanding, that push… I trained really hard, it was hard (and) hurt a lot because I wanted to make sure I was ready by game time.”
Woods recalls the thrill he felt playing on the soft grass of a country club for the first time and how that feeling was ruined when he was denied entry to the clubhouse. set because of her skin color.
Woods then became the first black and Asian player to win a starting spot at the 1997 Masters at the age of 21.
When Woods talked about the sacrifices his mother and father made when he was 14 so he could join the AJ Tour, he choked.
“They instilled in me this work ethic to fight for what I believe in, to follow my dreams, (understanding that) nothing will be given to you (and that) everything must be earned. “, I said.
“If you don’t go out there and put in the effort, if you don’t go out there and put in the effort, one – you won’t get the results, two you don’t deserve them. .
“That defined my upbringing, that defined my career.”
Woods is the head of the 2022 induction division, which includes 11-time LPGA Tour champion and three-time US Women’s Open champion Susie Maxwell Berning and retired PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. Also featured on Wednesday night was the late Marion Hollins, the first woman to design outstanding golf courses.
The night, held at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, included tributes to Woods from sports greats like Serena Williams, Tom Brady, Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice, Annika Sorenstam and Jack Nicklaus.
Woods, who won The Players Championship in 2001 and 2013, is still recovering from injuries he sustained in a horrific car crash in Los Angeles last February.
He competed alongside his son Charlie in the PNC Championship in December but has yet to set a date for a return to the PGA Tour.
Ahead of her Hall of Fame presentation, Rory McIlroy was among a number of players to pay tribute to the 15-time major winner earlier this week.
McIlroy said: “I feel very fortunate that there is a saying that you shouldn’t meet your heroes, and Tiger was my hero when I met him and he lived up to his expectations.
“He’s been nothing but incredible for me and my family and he’s an inspiration to so many of us who are here playing this week’s golf tournament.
“To see him inducted into the Hall of Fame… of course he’s going to be an Honoree at the age of 5.
“It’s great that he’s here. It’s great that it’s happening. And yes, I think he’s at a stage in his life where he can appreciate all of these things more than one. little at this point.
“We – everyone who’s playing here this week – have to thank Tiger for where the game is and where the Tour is. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a pretty good vote for him tonight. roof.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/one-of-the-things-dad-instilled-in-me-is-that-you-had-to-be-twice-as-good-to-be-given-half-a-chance-tiger-woods-chokes-up-41430530.html ‘One of the things my father taught me… is that you have to be twice as good to be given half a chance’ – Tiger Woods choked