Golfing champion Tiger Woods became overwhelmed with emotion Wednesday (March 9) while accepting his place in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The 46-year-old golfing legend was introduced by his 14-year-old daughter, Sam, before he delivered emotional remarks that didn't bring up any of his 82 PGA Tour victories or multiple surgeries he had to endure. Woods instead talked about the second mortgage his parents, took out so he could play in the junior circuit in his home state of California.
He held back tears describing the lessons his late father, Earl Woods, instilled in him, including that he would have to work for and earn anything he wanted.
"If you don't go out there and put in work, you don't go out and put in the effort, one, you're not going to get the results," Woods said. "But two, and more importantly, you don't deserve it. You need to earn it. So that defined my upbringing. That defined my career."
"You're a fighter," Sam said of her father. "You've defied the odds every time –– being the first Black and Asian golfer to win a majors, being able to win your fifth Masters after back surgeries, and being able to walk just a few months after your crash," the teen added, referring to Woods' shocking car accident last year.
"Dad, I inducted you into the Dad Hall of Fame a long time ago, but today, I am so proud to present my dad, Tiger Woods, into the World Golf Hall of Fame."