Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tiger ('96) honored by Stanford at the Big Game

The following story comes from the Tiger Woods website - the photo below is from Getty Images, also on the official Tiger Woods website:

STANFORD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods was officially inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night during a small dinner on campus. Woods was a two-time first-team All-American and NCAA Individual Champion in 1996.
Accompanied by his wife, Elin, children Sam and Charlie, and mother Kultida, he was serenaded by the Stanford Band beforehand, Woods conducting the final song "All Right Now" from the steps of the Cantor Arts Center.

Following a video tribute, his mother and former Cardinal teammates Jerry Chang and Notah Begay III gave heartfelt testimonials.

On Saturday, Woods served as honorary captain for Stanford's football game against archrival California. He gave a short but rousing pre-game speech in the locker room before the game and flipped the coin at midfield, Stanford winning the toss. But after jumping out to a 14-0 lead, the Cardinal lost, 34-28.

Woods was also recognized for his election into the Hall of Fame at halftime, where he was presented with a plaque by Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby.

For the complete story on Tiger's website click here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tiger to be honorary captain of The Big Game & inducted in the Hall of Fame

STANFORD, Calif. - Tiger Woods, winner of 14 major golf championships and the top-ranked player in the world, will serve as Stanford's honorary captain for Saturday's Big Game against California, head coach Jim Harbaugh announced today.

"It will be an honor for Stanford football to share our sideline with the greatest competitor of our generation," said Harbaugh.

Woods, who attended Stanford from 1994-96, will meet with the team prior to the game and will also take part in the pregame coin toss. In addition, Woods will be honored on the field at halftime at which time he will be presented with a plaque signifying his induction into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

"I'm really looking forward to being on the sideline Saturday to support coach Harbaugh and his players in one of college football's great rivalries," said Woods. "It's also a great honor to be included in the 2009 Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame class. I want to congratulate the other honorees. I had a wonderful time competing at Stanford, was challenged in and out of the classroom, and developed many life-long friendships. The university helped me grow as a person and an athlete, and I will always be grateful."

Woods, now 33 years of age, has had an unprecedented career since becoming a professional golfer in the late summer of 1996. He has won 94 tournaments, 71 of those on the PGA Tour, including the 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005 Masters tournaments, 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007 PGA Championships, 2000, 2002, and 2008 U.S. Open Championships, and 2000, 2005 and 2006 Open Championships. With his second Masters victory in 2001, Tiger became the first ever to hold all four professional major championships at the same time. He is the career victories leader among active players on the PGA Tour, and is the career money list leader.

While at Stanford, he won a total of 10 intercollegiate events including finishing first at the 1996 Pac-10 Conference and NCAA Championships. A two-time first team All-American in 1995 and '96, Tiger recorded the lowest round in Stanford history, carding a 61 at the 1996 Pac-10 Championships. He also holds Stanford's lowest career stroke average at 71.1.

The 112th Big Game will kickoff at 4:30 p.m. at Stanford Stadium and will be televised nationally on Versus.