Tiger Woods is one of Stanford’s most famous alumni. As Woods continued to make an even bigger name for himself after college, he remains in touch with his alma mater. On The Rich Eisen Show this week, Stanford’s head football coach David Shaw explained how Woods always touches the base of the team and even gave a speech to the team which included one of his Masters Green Jackets.
“We hit base a few times a year,” Shaw said. “He came to visit us – because we played in Central Florida a few years ago, not too far from his house, came over and gave the guys a great talk, brought a green jacket. Really inspired a lot of our guys which was awesome. … He brought a green jacket to show the guys and it was going to be a bit of a surprise. He was talking about playing at a high level and playing for high stakes. He had it in the bag, gave the guys a great speech, took it out and a lot of “ooh and ah” and he actually let me put it on my back. My skin was just shaking. Top 10 non-football sporting moments of my life.
The speech Shaw was referring to came at the start of the 2019 season, when the Cardinal visited central Florida on September 14, five months after Woods won the Masters for the fifth time in his career. . Stanford lost that game to UCF, 45-27, a season in which the Knights went 9-3 in the regular season.
Woods played collegiately at Stanford for two seasons and immediately became a force in college golf. Woods was Pac-10 Player of the Year and First-Team All-American in 1995, which ended up being the year he entered the Masters for the first time. In 1996, Woods won the U.S. Amateur title for the third straight time and won the NCAA Individual Championship.
“I had such a great time playing golf at Stanford,” Woods said. “Just all the training, playing and qualifying. It was always fun to be together. What sets Stanford apart is the combination of quality sport with an unparalleled educational experience. … Playing the golf at Stanford prepared me to understand time management skills. To do that, you have to manage your time. That’s one of the great things I learned. I really enjoyed being challenged by the students and the teachers. Some were geniuses and some were Olympians. It’s amazing how well-rounded they are.. That’s what’s so cool about it. You have to soak up that experience. It was one of the best times of my life.
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After his time at Stanford, Woods became legendary in the world of professional golf. Woods has 82 PGA Tour wins, tied for most all-time, and 15 major championships, which is second all-time.