Stanford’s Badhwar Meets Tiger One Day, Shoots 59 the Next
October 13, 2014
Stanford sophomore Viraat Badhwar got to meet Tiger Woods, and then went out and did something that Tiger never did as a Cardinal.
A day after meeting Woods, who was in Palo Alto to help induct former teammate and friend Notah Begay into Stanford’s Hall of Fame, Badhwar went out and shot a record 11-under 59 Sunday at Stanford Golf Course.
“It was a cool experience,” said Badwahr, who also set a career low. “I just kind of got on a roll. It was fun.”
Badhwar’s 59 broke the previous mark of 61, set by Badwahr and Cardinal women’s golf member Mariah Stackhouse.
Following the round, Cardinal teammate Maverick McNealy, who played in this year’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst, tweeted out a shot of Badhwar’s scorecard.
— Maverick McNealy (@13maverickm) October 13, 2014
Badhwar has competed for the Cardinal in three events this season, with his best finish being a Top 10 at the Southwestern Intercollegiate. His low round of the season is a 1-under 70.
The 59 ought to come in handy for Badhwar. Stanford uses a cumulative qualifying method that factors in recent qualifying and tournament rounds. Badwahr currently doesn’t know if he’ll play in Stanford’s next tournament—the U.S. Collegiate.
As for getting to meet Woods, Badhwar described the moment as “awesome.”
“It was very good to catch up with him,” Badhwar told Golfweek. “It was my first time meeting him. It was a dream come true because I’ve been looking up to him since I was 7 years old.”