Stanford's Badhwar meets Tiger, shoots 59

Stanford's Badhwar meets Tiger, shoots 59

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Stanford's Badhwar meets Tiger, shoots 59

Stanford sophomore Viraat Badhwar might have had one of the best weekends of his life.

One day after meeting Tiger Woods, who was visiting his alma mater to help induct former teammate Notah Begay into Stanford’s hall of fame, Badhwar shot an 11-under 59 Sunday at Stanford Golf Course.

“My first 59, it was a pretty cool experience,” Badhwar said. “I just kind of got on a roll. … It was fun.”

The score breaks the previous course record of 61, set by Badhwar and Stanford women’s golfer Mariah Stackhouse.

Badhwar’s teammate, fellow sophomore Maverick McNealy, tweeted out a picture of the scorecard.

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As for meeting his idol, Badhwar called it an “awesome experience.”

“It was very good to catch up with him,” Badhwar said. “It was my first time meeting him. It was a dream come true really because I’ve been looking up to him since I was 7 years old.”

Here’s Badhwar and Stanford freshman Calli Ringsby with Woods:

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Badhwar has played in all three events for the Cardinal so far this season, earning a top 10 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate. His low round this season is a 1-under 70.

While he doesn’t know yet if he qualified for Stanford’s next tournament, the U.S. Collegiate, shooting 59 certainly helps his chances – Stanford uses a cumulative qualifying method that factors recent qualifying and tournament rounds. “I hope so,” Badhwar said.

Should he make the lineup, it will be his first trip to the Golf Club of Georgia. He missed last year’s event there due to a bone contusion in his right wrist.

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