Earl was a teacher, philosopher, warrior and friend

Updated: May 4, 2006, 2:07 PM ET
By Pete McDaniel | GolfDigest.com

Earl Woods once told me, as I complimented him on the sterling rehab of his Windermere, Fla., digs, that he had everything he ever wanted. Fame. Fortune. Family. A room with a view.

There was just one problem: "About 20 years too late," he lamented.

It was the only time in the 12 years of my friendship with Earl, who passed away earlier today after a lengthy battle with cancer, that he revealed even a hint of regret about his life, one that touched and influenced many. Mortality ...

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