Tiger gets Stanford Hall of Fame nod

After a stellar career at Stanford that included a victory at the 1996 NCAA Championship, Tiger Woods will be inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

After a stellar career at Stanford that included a victory at the 1996 NCAA Championship, Tiger Woods will be inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

The last golfer to be inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame was Tom Watson, who played for the Cardinal from 1969 to ’71.

Now it’s Tiger’s turn.

Tiger Woods will join Watson and a host of other previous athletic inductees during a halftime ceremony Saturday at Stanford’s home football game against arch-rival California.

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Woods was a two-time All-American at Stanford and posted 10 college victories.

“It’s going to be pretty special,” said current Stanford men’s coach Conrad Ray, a teammate of Woods during his two-year (1994-96) stint at Stanford. “He’ll be presented with a (Hall of Fame) crystal, and I believe they’re going to show a video as well. He was also invited by (football coach) Jim Harbaugh to be the honorary captain for the game, to talk to the team before the game and do the pregame coin toss.

“Tiger belongs in (the Stanford Hall of Fame), that’s for sure,” Ray said. “Everyone here is excited.”

Woods’ stay in northern California will be a short one because it follows a heavy dose of international travel. After his victory at last week’s Australian Masters, he flew to Dubai for some work with a course he is designing. He was to arrive home in Orlando, Fla. on Wednesday night. He’s expected to get to Stanford on Friday evening and leave soon after the football game.

“It will be an honor for Stanford football to share our sideline with the greatest competitor of our generation,” Harbaugh said.

Woods, a two-time All-American for the Cardinal, posted 10 college victories, including the Pac-10 Championship and NCAA Championship in 1996. He still holds the school record for career stroke average at 71.1 and also for lowest round – a 61 at the ’96 Pac-10 Championship.

If you’re wondering why it’s taken Stanford so long to induct Woods, one reason is the guideline thatrequires an athlete to be out of school for at least 10 years.

And, of course, the scheduling problem of trying to tie Tiger down long enough for a ceremony.

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