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Sports: Tiger loses dad to cancer battle Black Habits Articles ‘My dad was my best friend and greatest role model’

Earl Woods, who was more determined to raise a good son than a great golfer and became the architect and driving force behind Tiger Woods’ phenomenal career, died yesterday morning at his home in Cypress, Calif. He was 74. .

“My dad was my best friend and greatest role model, and I will miss him deeply,” Tiger Woods said on his website. “I’m overwhelmed when I think of all of the great things he accomplished in his life. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him, and I’m honoured to continue his legacy of sharing and caring.” .

Woods was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998 and was treated with radiation, but the cancer returned in 2004 and spread throughout his body. Last month, he was too frail to travel to the Masters for the first time. His son finished tied for third. .

Earl Woods was more than a golf dad, more than a zealous father who lived vicariously through his son’s achievements. He had played catcher for Kansas State, becoming the first black baseball player in the Big Eight Conference, and he had been a Green Beret in Vietnam. But he felt his true purpose was to train Tiger, and he watched his son evolve into the dominant player of his time and one of the most celebrated athletes in the world. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Posted on Thursday, May 04 @ 10:46:53 MST by jcohen



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