Woods said the statue symbolizes the support that led to so much success – 61 victories on the PGA Tour going into the 2008 season, along with 13 majors and the career Grand Slam twice over.
“It brings back my childhood, what he’s meant to me in my life, not only from a golf standpoint,” Woods said. “He was always there. That’s basically what it symbolizes. He always had my back. If I failed, I could always come home to love.”
On hand for the ceremony was Tiger’s 7month old daughter, Sam, his wife Elin and mother Kultida.
The golf legend spoke about his inspiration for the 35,000 square foot facility that was designed to help students prepare for their future:
“Ever since the day he passed, I have yet to go a day without thinking of my dad. Now that I’ve had Sam, it’s amazing how I keep reflecting on things he taught me. I can’t wait to pass that on. That’s one reason I worked so hard on my foundation to expand this. He was all about helping others.”