Woods opens learning center

Tiger Woods didn't have to hit a spectacular shot or pump his fist to find satisfaction.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:39 IST
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Anaheim:Tiger Woods didn't have to hit a spectacular shot or pump his fist to find satisfaction. Instead, he gripped an oversized pair of scissors and cut the ribbon to officially open his $25 million learning center Friday aimed at helping children find their way. "This is by far the greatest thing that has ever happened to me," said Woods, a winner of 57 tournaments worldwide and 10 major championships. "This is bigger than golf. This is bigger than anything I've done on the golf course. Because we will be able to shape lives." Grand ceremony But even a grand-opening ceremony came off with the kind of flair that has marked his career. Woods was joined by former US President Bill Clinton and Maria Shriver, the wife of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with dozens of the estimated 5,000 children who will pass through the doors of the Tiger Woods Learning Center by the end of the year. The 3,250-square-meter facility is located next to the HG "Dad" Miller Golf Course, where Woods played when he was in high school. Kids who apply by writing letters come to the center after school for interactive programs in science, math and technology. "I'm impressed Tiger Woods decided to do this when he was 30 instead of when he was 60," Clinton said. Clinton recalled being elected governor of Arkansas when he was 32, the youngest person elected to that position in 40 years. He referred to himself as a "good governor and a political failure." "It's hard to have great gifts and bring them to bear in the public eye under enormous pressure when you're young," Clinton said, then turning to Woods. Woods has said he would like to be remembered more for his work with children than the number of majors he ultimately wins, and referred to golf as "merely a vehicle." (AP)

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