Tiger Woods pens touching letter to young fan with a stutter

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has reached out to help a young fan in need of support.

For someone ranked 133rd in the world, below Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti but above France's Benjamin Hebert, Tiger Woods certainly generates a lot of headlines.

Sometimes they are even related to his golf.

Most of those last week would not have made entirely pleasant reading as Woods struggled just to make the cut in the Players Championship before eventually finishing joint 69th of the 75 players who competed at the weekend.

And worse was to come when reports surfaced about Woods's personal life and the alleged reasons behind his split from girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, which the former world number one admitted had given him sleepless nights before playing at Sawgrass.

But there was better news for the Woods camp in another, far more positive, story which paints the 14-time major winner in a much more sympathetic light.
Golf Digest's Ron Sirak initially wrote a story about top female player Sophie Gustafson, who struggles with a stutter, acting as a mentor to a teenage boy who had attempted suicide after being bullied at school because of his stutter.

The story mentioned that the boy was a big fan of Woods, who overcame a stutter as a child, and the 39-year-old wrote the following letter:

Here's the letter Tiger wrote to the bullied boy who stutters. Truly heartfelt. pic.twitter.com/FAM2RuLUZ0

— Ron Sirak (@ronsirak) May 12, 2015

"Someone told me that you like watching me play golf. I really appreciate that, and I also want to say how proud I am of you.

"I know what it's like to be different and to sometimes not fit in," Woods wrote. "I also stuttered as a child and I would talk to my dog and he would sit there and listen until he fell asleep. I also took a class for two years to help me, and I finally learned to stop.

"I was younger than most of the kids I competed against and often I was the only minority player in the field. But, I didn't let that stop me, and I think it even inspired me to work harder. I know you can do that too.

"You have a great family and big fans like me on your side. Be well and keep fighting. I'm certain you'll be great at anything you do."

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Rosberg wins Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg celebrates on the podium after his victory during the Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg celebrates on the podium after his victory during the Spanish Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg stormed to his first victory of the season as he pulled off the “complete weekend” he had targeted to win the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

The Mercedes driver had been unable to live with the form of team-mate and reigning champion Lewis Hamilton until Sunday's race at the Circuit de Catalunya, but a strong showing and a better strategy gave him fresh impetus in the championship battle.

Hamilton made a poor start and also suffered a delay during his first pit-stop but still maintained a record of finishing in the top two in the last 12 grands prix as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took third.

As is often the way in Barcelona, the pole sitter ended up taking the chequered flag as Rosberg became the 19th driver to convert pole into a race victory in the 25 grands prix held here.

He was also the ninth successive different winner of the Spanish Grand Prix and closed the gap to championship leader Hamilton to 20 points heading into Monaco, having declared earlier in the week he was ready to put everything together for the first time this year.

He took the flag a full 17.5 seconds ahead of Hamilton and was pleased to put everything together.

"It was a perfect weekend," Rosberg said.

"Being on pole and winning the race. Finally I got the great start that I needed and I'm very happy. It has been a while coming.

"I'm just enjoying the day today, winning here was great so I will enjoy that together with the team and then look forward to the next race."

Video: Tiger Woods hit a 105 yard drive today

Tiger Woods in action at TPC Sawgrass

Tiger Woods in action at TPC Sawgrass

Playing his third round at the Players Championship today, Woods made a complete bags of the second hole.

After starting the day early, after just making the cut on level par, Tiger parred the first before he hit a serious low point on the second hole.

The 14-time Major winner lashed his ball way off target, hitting some trees and causing the ball to bounce back across the course, ending up in the pine straw about 70 yards SHORT of the actual fairway.

In fact, the ball didn't even make it as far as the ladies tee.

Here is the video but the graphic from the PGA Tour's official scoring app below really shows just what a shocking shot it was.

The ball only went 105 yards

Woods would go on to score a double bogey on the Par 5 but he has parred the other three he has played so far to sit at two over for the tournament, placing him 73rd out of the 75 golfers left in the tournament.

Rosberg takes pole for Spanish Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg takes pole position for tomorrow's Spanish GP

Nico Rosberg takes pole position for tomorrow’s Spanish GP

Nico Rosberg will start Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix on pole position after finishing fastest in qualifying.

Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton had taken four poles out of four so far this season, with title rival Rosberg trailing in his wake – but the 30-year-old had to settle for second best in Barcelona as he could not match the German's lap of one minute 24.681 seconds.

Sebastien Vettel was again the best of the rest and will start third for Ferrari as he was the only other man to get within a second of compatriot Rosberg.

Rosberg had said on Thursday that he was ready to enjoy a "complete" weekend, having played second fiddle to Hamilton for much of the year.

Championship leader Hamilton had shrugged off those suggestions by claiming he still had the measure of a rival with whom he battled so closely for the drivers' crown in 2014.

But Rosberg, who had topped the timesheet at the end of the second qualifying session, did enough to beat Hamilton by 0.267 seconds – with Vettel over half a second further back.

"Of course I needed it sooner rather than later," Rosberg said.

"It was a good day in the office, for sure. Overtaking is more difficult at this track, so starting at the front is a really big advantage here."

Hamilton admitted he was struggling in comparison to Rosberg, but was still targeting a good day on Sunday.

"I was on the back foot," he said. "I didn't have the pace today and Nico did a great job. I did my best with it and (on Sunday) there is still a lot to play for."

The top three will all have an additional set of the faster, medium Pirelli tyres after easing through first qualifying on the hard compound as the rest of the pack had to switch to ensure progression.

Valtteri Bottas of Williams took an impressive fourth place, while Spaniard Carlos Sainz enjoyed a memorable first home qualifying session to go fifth for Toro Rosso.

His team-mate Max Verstappen was sixth ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen – with Felipe Massa's Williams sandwiched in between the Red Bull duo of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo, who were eighth and 10th respectively.

McLaren got both of their cars into the second qualifying session for the first time this season, but the afternoons of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button ended there.

Home favourite Alonso went 13th fastest after making an error on his final flying lap, with Button a place further back.

The Lotus pair of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado got ahead of the McLaren's but could not break into the top 10 – whilst Felipe Nasr also dropped out after qualifying 16th.

It was a poor afternoon for Force India as both of their drivers dropped out in the first session.

Nico Hulkenberg was 17th with Sergio Perez on 18th – with Sauber's Marcus Ericsson ahead of them in 16th.

Will Stevens was almost a second quicker than Manor team-mate Roberto Merhi as the Manor duo once again brought up the rear of the field.

Legatissimo wins storming 1000 Guineas at Newmarket

Moore the Merrier

Moore the Merrier

The second Classic of the Flat season has gone to Legatissimo, and it is a Guineas double for Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore made it a Guineas double as he came with a powerful late surge on David Wachman's Legatissimo to win the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Last at halfway, Moore – successful in the same colours on Gleneagles 24 hours earlier – bided his time waiting for the right moment to make his move, but it was a fine line as the favourite Lucida went for home.

Jim Bolger's Lucida shot clear and looked to have put the race to bed, but Legatissimo was really beginning to lengthen.

With Moore in full flow, Wachman's filly showed the benefit of her stamina, having won over an extended nine furlongs just a week ago.

Lucida tried in vain to battle back but went down by three-quarters of a length.

Tiggy Wiggy made a bold bid from the front and clung on for third, just ahead of Malabar.

Moore won the 2000 Guineas yesterday aboard Aidan O'Brien's Gleneagles.