STANFORD, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2014) — Viraat Badhwar, a sophomore at Stanford, met his idol Tiger Woods one day. The next day, the Queensland, Australia native shot a 59 at the Cardinal's home — Stanford Golf Course — which broke the course record.
The record he broke was held previously by himself, as well as fellow Cardinal golfer Mariah Stackhouse of the women's team at 61.
“My first 59, it was a pretty cool experience,” Badhwar told Golfweek. “I just kind of got on a roll. … It was fun.”
It was Badhwar's first time meeting the golfing legend, who starred at Stanford from 1994 to 1996.
“It was my first time meeting him, Badhwar said. "It was a dream come true really, because I’ve been looking up to him since I was 7 years old.”
Stanford's home course measures 6,727 yards from the back tees, but has a relatively difficult 73.8 rating and 138 slope — one of the tougher courses in the region.
Woods was in the Bay Area to help induct Notah Begay III, his friend and former Cardinal teammate, into the Stanford Hall of Fame on Saturday night. He also attended Stanford’s 34-17 football victory over Washington State on Friday night.