Woods donates $10K to launch school's Sifford Fund

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Tiger Woods and Charlie Sifford. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods has donated $10,000 to help launch the Sifford Fund, which will benefit students enrolled in the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s professional golf management program.

The scholarship was created to honor Charlie Sifford, who broke the PGA Tour’s color barrier in the early 1960s. Sifford died in February. He was 92.

“Without Charlie Sifford, and the other pioneers who fought to play, I may not be playing golf,” Woods said of the two-time Tour winner. “My Pop may not have picked up the game, and maybe I wouldn't have either.”

Woods is the first individual donor to help fund the scholarship that was created to, “provide need-based scholarships to highly talented students who demonstrate a passion for the game of golf ... and who are from populations underrepresented in the golf industry.”

Maryland Eastern Shore is the nation’s only historically black university that offers a bachelor’s degree in professional golf management.

Woods announced in February he was taking a leave of absence from the PGA Tour saying, “When I think I’m ready, I’ll be back.” He’s not played on Tour since withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open and Notah Begay said this week there’s a “50-50” chance he will play the Masters.