Woods signed a hat for the student, Kyle Shanahan, after learning that he was volunteering at the tournament.
“I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m getting this signed by Tiger Woods.’ It really felt like he talked from the heart,” Shanahan, a sophomore, told local CBS affiliate WPEC. “It didn’t feel scripted. It felt like it really came from him being sincere and saying, ‘I’m really sorry that you’re going through this.’ It made me feel awesome.”
Shanahan, who’s been a Honda Classic volunteer for several years, also got a picture with defending champion Rickie Fowler. The tournament’s venue, PGA National, is about an hour north of Stoneman Douglas High School.
Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava, learned that one of the school’s students was at the event. He told Woods, who called Shanahan over on the driving range.
“Meeting him brings you right back to reality, thinking about what he has to deal with and what he’s seen and things he has to deal with the rest of his life,” Woods told USA Today. “It’s humbling that he wanted to meet me. But he was out here, wanting to get away from it, wanting to enjoy it, and it was nice to be able to help him enjoy being out here. When he leaves here, leaves the golf course, he has to go back to a pretty harsh reality.”