Tiger Woods writes letter to boy with stuttering problem

A boy who was bullied for stuttering received strong encouragement from someone else who once struggled with his speech – Tiger Woods.

Golf Digest published the letter from Woods on its website Tuesday. quotI know what it’s like to be different and to sometimes not fit in,quot Woods wrote. quotI 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.quot

The plight of the high school boy, identified only as Dillon, was publicized when his mother reached out to eight-time Solheim Cup player Sophie Gustafson of Sweden, who played her entire career on the LPGA and in Europe with a severe stuttering problem. Gustafson shared the mother’s letter with Golf Digest, which published a story on its website April 30.

The mother said her son tried out for the football team only to quit because of the constant teasing about his stutter. She wrote that he was on the verge of leaping from his bedroom window on April 16 until his parents stopped him.

The mother’s letter to Gustafson also mentioned that her son watched golf and was a fan of Woods.

Not long after Golf Digest posted the story on its website, the boy received a letter from the 14-time major champion. Gustafson tweeted on Sunday her thanks to Woods quotfor sending my friend Dillon a letter. He got so happy! It’s being framed and hanged.quot She added a hashtag that said quotclass.quot

Woods said in the letter that he was younger than most kids he played and often was the only minority in the field.