Honda Classic: Tiger Woods meets student volunteer from Florida school shooting
A cool move from the 14-time major winner to this 10th grader from Stoneman Douglas
Tiger Woods was one of a number of golfers on Thursday at the Honda Classic who wore a ribbon on his hat to honor the 17 people who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week in a mass shooting. The ribbons were handed out before Round 1, and most golfers put them on their hats for the first 18 holes of the event.
Woods' experience went a little deeper, though. The 14-time major winner met up with a 10th grader named Kevin Shanahan on Wednesday to chat with him and sign some gear. Shanahan is a student at MSDHS, which is just 50 miles from PGA National in Palm Beach. Shanahan has also been a volunteer at the Honda Classic in recent years.
"I live here. It's just a shame what people are doing now, and all the countless lives that we've lost for absolutely no reason at all," Woods said. "It's just a shame, and what they have to deal with, at such a young age, the horrible tragedy they are going to have to live with and some of the things we've seen, just don't go away."
According to CBS12 in Palm Beach, Woods' caddie Joe LaCava was made aware of Shanahan's presence at the event, and Woods called him over before the pro-am on Wednesday to talk and give him a signature.
"It was really a majority of me thanking him because I thought, 'oh my God I'm getting this signed by Tiger Woods,' but it really felt like he talked from the heart," Shanahan told CBS12.
"It really felt like he talked from the heart. 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,' and it made me feel awesome!"
Shanahan went on to say that he's received support from several players and that the acknowledgement has meant a lot to him.
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