STANFORD, Calif. - Tiger Woods will be inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday at halftime of the home football game between Stanford and California, otherwise known as the Big Game. The 33-year-old Woods, who attended Stanford from 1994-96, will also speak to the football team before the game and serve as honorary captain for the pre-game coin toss.
"It will be an honor for Stanford football to share our sideline with the greatest competitor of our generation," said Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh, whose red-hot team has climbed to No. 14 in the national rankings.
Woods has won 94 professional tournaments world-wide, including 14 major titles. His most recent came Sunday at the JBWere Masters in Australia, his seventh victory of the year.
During his time at Stanford, Woods won 10 intercollegiate events, including the 1996 Pac-10 Championship and the NCAA Championships. Twice, he earned first-team All-American honors. Woods posted the lowest round in Stanford history - a 61 at the 1996 Pac-10 Championships - and also owns the school record for career stroke average at 71.1.
"It's a great honor to be included in the 2009 Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame class," Woods said. "I want to congratulate the other honorees. I had a wonderful time competing at Stanford, was challenged in and out of the classroom, and developed many life-long friendships. The university helped me grow as a person and an athlete, and I will always be grateful."
-- Mark Soltau