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Tiger Loses His Dad

Tiger Woods, right, hugs his father, Earl, after winning the Target World Challenge, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Earl Woods, who was more determined to raise a good son than a great golfer and became the role model, architect and driving force behind Tiger Woods' phenomenal career, died Wednesday morning May 3, 2006 at his home in Cypress, Calif. He was 74 (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Earl Woods has died at the age of 74. He passed away this morning at his home in California.

The father of golfer Tiger Woods was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998 and was treated with radiation. But the cancer returned in 2004 and spread throughout his body. Last month, he was too frail to travel from the West Coast to Augusta, Georgia, for the Masters for the first time. His son finished tied for third.

Earl Woods was a career Army guy who was more determined to raise a good son than a great golfer and became the role model, architect and driving force behind his son's phenomenal career.

On his Web site, Tiger Woods posted the following message: "I'm very saddened to share the news of my father's passing at home early this morning. My dad was my best friend and greatest role model, and I will miss him deeply. I'm overwhelmed when I think of all of the great things he accomplished in his life. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend. I wouldn't be where I am today without him, and I'm honored to continue his legacy of sharing and caring. Thank you to all who are sending condolences to my family and our Foundation. We are truly blessed to have so many who care during this difficult time."