Tiger Wood's dad, father of "Chosen One" dies at 74
Earl Woods was the father and mentor of Tiger Woods. He met Tiger's mother Kultida while stationed in Thailand as an army officer. Woods served two tours in Vietnam in a Green Berets unit.
While in Vietnam, a South Vietnamese officer nicknamed "Tiger" saved Woods life. He would eventually give the same nickname to his son. Earl Woods achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel during his military career.
Earl Woods played an important part in shaping the golfing sensation often subjecting the young Tiger to mental conditioning techniques learned while serving with the Green Berets.
He was Tiger's one-man publicity machine actively courting the press while Tiger was still a golfing youth. Earl Woods, noting Tiger's interracial background, described his son as the "Chosen One" whose stardom would help shape humanity.
Once when Tiger met with Nelson Mandela, Earl Woods said it was the first time Tiger had met someone who was his equal.
Earl and son Tiger in 1997. AFP photo from Yahoo News.
Paying tribute to his father, Tiger stated on his website:
"I'm very saddened to share the news of my fathers passing at home early this morning," Woods said.
"My dad was my best friend and greatest role model, and I will miss him deeply. 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," he said.
Earl Woods, father of "Tiger," passes away at 74