Golf fan battling lung cancer who met Tiger Woods at the Masters passes away

Golf fan battling lung cancer who met Tiger Woods at the Masters passes away

Shane Caldwell, the golf fan battling Stage 4 lung cancer who met Tiger Woods at the 2018 Masters, has died.

Caldwell's stepdaughter, Jordan Miller, shared the news on Twitter.

Friends of Caldwell had managed to acquire Thursday tickets for the Masters, and Miller had hoped to enhance her stepdad's experience even further by seeing if she could somehow arrange for Caldwell to meet the 14-time major champion.

After moving her appeal from Facebook to Twitter, her tweets were seen by a staffer at Tiger Woods' TGR Foundation, as well, according to Yahoo Sports, Woods' caddie Joe LaCava's sister. It also reached Woods' girlfriend, Erica Herman, and she was instrumental in making Jordan's appeal a reality.

Woods and Herman both lost their fathers to cancer, so there was a connection through grief.

Caldwell met Woods on the Tournament Practice Range at Augusta National, shaking his hand and receiving a signed glove. Caldwell's Thursday experience was cut short as he wasn't feeling well. However, Miller fortunately secured tickets for Sunday's final round, which Caldwell was well enough to attend.

Just after the Masters, Caldwell's doctors told him the lung cancer had become to aggressive to treat. Caldwell, who was an optician, chose to end treatment, hoping to live for nine more months. His oncologist said he could live another 2-3 months. Unfortunately, he lived only 13 more days.

Miller told The State in South Carolina her dad was basking in his Masters experience until his final moments.

She said, "It gave him hope to see the love that was shown to him."

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