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Time flies when your having fun! It moves a little slower when there isn’t as much excitement but its still sneaky on quickly it can travel. Its been 10 years already since Tiger Woods began hosting his own golf tournament, which is a key driver towards his fund raising efforts for his Foundation.
This year’s version will take place the week of December 15th to the 21st and it has two new sponsors. Bank of America and Chevron are the latest to team up with Tiger Woods. Greg McLaughlin, president of the Tiger Woods Foundation confirmed a five year relationship with Chevron Corporation as the title sponsor, which takes it out to 2012. The limited field event will feature $5.75 million, with $1.35 million going to first place and $170,000 to the player who finishes last for the week.
“I'm really looking forward to another great week with Chevron and Bank of America, great partners,” said Woods. “Unfortunately I can't play. It will be a different kind of week for me as I can only cheer from the sidelines in a cart.”
As far as his Foundation’s work, Woods recognizes he has had help along the way. “I would never have seen it happening as fast as it has,” he said. “We have been very fortunate to have had great partners over the years that have helped us and supported our vision. Now we are entering into the phase that I'm excited about and growing internationally. I'm excited about us going into Thailand where my mom is from; we are working on that right now, and then hopefully future countries along the way. But we still have a lot to do here in America, and I'm never going to lose sight of that.”
Clearly Woods is best known for his exploits on the golf course. But his Foundation, which is a key benefactor from his day job, is based upon other priorities. “We decided to create the Foundation based upon my childhood and my childhood was not golf,” he explained. “Golf was a part of my life, but education was No. 1. It was my No. 1 priority. If I didn't have any homework done or get good grades, I wasn't allowed to go out and play and practice. So my whole upbringing was about education, and getting my education, and if I didn't have that as my Foundation, I don't think I would have gotten into Stanford,” he continued. “I wanted the Foundation to reflect my upbringing, and that's one of the reasons why we made that shift from doing junior golf clinics all across the country to building a Learning Center and spearheading what my father had done off his book. That's something I found near and dear to my heart. I want them (the kids enrolled at his learning center) to grow on an educational basis rather than just go out and hitting high draws and high fades. Yes, that is fun and if that's what they choose to do, so be it. But I want them to enter lives with all the tools that they need to have to succeed, and that comes from the classroom.”