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According to Psychology, parents play a crucial role in shaping one’s life. More often than not, they act as role models that influence numerous behaviors and actions an individual divulges. This is true with regard to even the legendary Tiger Woods! The star player, who has time and again portrayed a resilient, charismatic front on the greens, did not shy away from shedding tears in 1998, despite the stigma surrounding it.

This transpired right after Woods listened to his late father’s message for the first time through a letter, who at the time was sitting beside the star. Consequently, the intensity of Earl Woods’ words was such that Tiger Woods couldn’t prevent the emotional barrier from breaking down. Probably, the latter’s love for his son will even bring you to tears. With that, let us delve into the letter to gather the emotional vehemence of it and try to understand the relationship between the father and his son!

A father’s love for his son: Earl Woods’ open letter to Tiger Woods

Earl Woods proved that fathers can take on the role of the first teacher for their children. Taking this into account, he published a letter in his book “Playing Through” addressing Tiger Woods. It focused on the lessons a father had taught his kid and how proud he was of the man he had become.

The inception of the open letter took off with a “Dear Tiger, you are my little man“. Since the words of Earl Woods were voiced by Oprah Winfrey on her show, an intimate picture of the 15-time major winner’s childhood was displayed in the opening lines. The letter continued with gratitude to God, who gave Tiger to his dad for nurturing, growth, and development.

Tiger Woods

The father expressed that he always had his son’s best interests first and foremost in his life. Not only that, but as a dad, Tiger meant more to him than life itself. Earl Woods, in his letter, did not back down from voicing how proud he was of the 82-time PGA Tour winner. Moreover, he believed that Tiger was more than capable of carrying forth all the valuable lessons taught to him by his dad.

Acknowledging the same, Earl Woods said, “I pass all my abilities to share and to care to you“. At this point in the video, the golf legend could be seen in tears, with one drop rolling down his cheeks. The letter carried on with how Woods’ father believed that he had tried his best to do the job of raising Tiger and trusted him to promote these lessons. Despite all this, Earl Woods concluded with a “Love Pop” and how the golf icon will forever remain his little man.

However, the open letter was not only meant to convey a dad’s love for his child. Rather, one of the most important lessons from the note was to not shy away from being yourself, irrespective of how society perceives it.

The powerful message delivered to Woods by his father breaks the shackles of society

No doubt, the overall message of Earl Woods’ letter was to confess how much Tiger Woods meant to him. But he left his son and the viewers who listened to his words with a powerful insight. As Oprah Winfrey was reading one of the paragraphs, it highlighted the advice of a parent to his son.

In light of the same, Earl Woods stressed, “I can remember when I taught you that it was okay to cry. Men can cry.” The father taught an invaluable lesson: It was okay to express yourself and shed tears. It did not showcase any weakness; rather, it was a symbol of strength. This was part of the legacy that he wanted to leave his son to carry forward.

Additionally, the former infantry officer asked his son to share and care for others. This, he expressed, is the way of life, and it is not to be taken lightly. As soon as the letter ended, Tiger Woods placed his hand over his father’s fist, who himself had tears in his eyes. The audience present on the show also couldn’t help but get emotional listening to Earl Woods’ wise words.

What do you think of this emotional moment that transpired between Tiger Woods and his late father? Let us know in the comments!

Golf’s star player Tiger Woods is reportedly set to miss the 2023 British Open championship this year. Read to know why!

Tiger Woods, who is one of the best golf players, will be missing the British Open 2023. The star player has informed the R&A about his absence from this year’s championship which is taking place at the Royal Liverpool.

Woods withdrew from Masters in April after which he had to go for an ankle surgery. This also resulted in him not participating in major events like the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. Reportedly, the surgery which Woods has gone through takes three months or more to heal completely which leads to him missing his third major tournament.

Tiger Woods’ injuries over the years and his return to the course

Woods has only played five Open Championships. Last year, he made it to the cuts but failed at St. Andrews. Over the years of his playing career, Woods has been through many injuries and surgeries which has constantly caused him major setbacks.

Tiger Woods

The April surgery of his leg was to address the injuries from 2021. He met with a car accident where he damaged his right leg including his foot and ankle. He made a comeback and did play matches but apparently, the procedure fused his two bones together.

Though he is recovering, his time to return to the game is still unknown.

Talking about his health status, a close friend of Woods revealed that he has been constantly feeling discomfort and pain in his ankle. He is also having trouble walking because of the screw that was placed following the surgery last year.

Sadly, fans won’t be able to witness the legendary player’s games this year. We continue to hope that the player comes back stronger than ever. Talking about the same, Woods has had an illustrious career with many titles to his name.

Woods has frequently said in his interview that the Open Championships are his favorite major. Among the Opens he has played, Woods marked victory in the years 2000, 2005, and 2006.