Don't look for Earl Woods at St. Andrews. " Scotland is for white people," Tiger's father was quoted as saying in 1999. Earl, 68, has offered many such politically incorrect opinions over the years. Here are some of Earl's most controversial statements, and our view of them then and now.
"Let the legend grow." 1994
THEN: Give me a break.
NOW: The legend is still growing.
"My son will win 14 major championships." 1995
THEN: The U.S. Amateur doesn't count. He hasn't won anything yet.
NOW: You can get even money on 14.
"That's chump change. You'll make it back in one year." 1996, to Nike chairman Phil Knight after Tiger signed a $40 million endorsement deal
THEN: Delusions of grandeur.
NOW: Tiger will renew the contract for more than twice that.
"I'm turning Tiger's childhood home in Cypress into a national historical monument, a Tiger Woods Museum similar to Nixon House." 1997
THEN: The height of hubris.
NOW: It'll be bigger than the World Golf Village.
"These guys have not seen his A game yet. I have, and it's awesome." 1996