Tiger Woods said before the final round of The Open today that his main goal was to play well enough to let his kids see what Tiger Woods, 14-time major champion, is like on the golf course. His two children, Sam and Charlie, aren't old enough to have witnessed how incredible Woods can really be on the final day of a major.
They got to witness that today. While Woods did not win The Open, he finished at 5-under par and was actually in sole possession of the lead at one point on the back nine.
Woods spoke after his final round about what his kids being there meant to him.
From the Golf Channel:
Choking up, Woods said, “I told them I tried, and I said, 'Hopefully you’re proud of your Pops for trying as hard as I did.' It’s pretty emotional, because they gave me some pretty significant hugs there and squeezed. I know that they know how much this championship means to me, and how much it feels good to be back playing again.
“To me, it’s just so special to have them aware, because I’ve won a lot of golf tournaments in my career, but they don’t remember any of them. The only thing they’ve seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through. Now they just want to go play soccer with me. It’s such a great feeling.”
Woods' son, Charlie, was wearing a pretty great T-shirt today, too.
"On the day his dad nearly authored the greatest sports story ever, he chose a red Nike T-shirt with a bold message emblazoned on the front, in big, block letters:
LOVE THE HATERS."
That is awesome.