Tiger Woods


Born: December 30th, 1975 in Cypress, California
Nationality: American
Famous For: Being the youngest player and first African-American to win the U.S. Masters
Awards: PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, PGA Player of the Year, PGA Tour leading money winner, Vardon Trophy, Byron Nelson Award, Mark H. McCormack Award, ESPN’s ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete, Associated Press Athlete of the Decade

Professional golf player Eldrick Woods, nicknamed “Tiger,” is a noteworthy individual in the world of sports. He was the youngest man and first African American to earn the title of Masters at Augusta in 1997 at the age of 21 years old. This win came with added bonuses that made Tiger Woods the highest paid athlete.

Early Life and Career

Tiger was born in Cypress, California on December 30th, 1975 to Earl and Kutilda. His interest for golf started when he was only 6 months old; he would keenly watch his father swing the golf club and actively imitate the action. He was featured on the Mike Douglas show at the age of 2. At 3 years old he shot a 48 on a 9 hole course and was published in ‘Golf Digest’ at age 5. Between the ages 8 to 15 he won the optimist International tournament once every year. At the age of 8 he made his first hole-in-one shot. The nickname, Tiger was given to him by the father who was his mentor and teacher. His mother Kutilda, is a Thailand native. Before he was a teenager, he had already become exceptional in golf and featured on major shows including “Good Morning America.”

Tiger Woods studied economics at Stanford University in 1994 but abandoned the program two years later to advance his career in golf. Still as an amateur, he represented the USA in 1994 World Amateur Team Championship in France and the Walker Cup Match, in Wales in 1995. He also won in the Scottish open and Motorola Western Open in the same year.

1996 is when he emerged fully as a professional golfer and won 2 tournaments on his first PGA tour. He further made a grand entrance into a prosperous career by winning the U.S. Masters at Augusta by recording a record score of 270. In the next few years he won four PGA awards, three open championship, three USA open trophies, and three other Masters wins. On October 5th, 2004, Woods married Elin Nordegren. Even though he had lost his ranking in September the same year, he made his comeback by winning the 2005 Masters and British opens.

Personal Life

Although Tiger Woods has held a positive track record in golf, his married life has been uncertain. He has also kept busy with his iconic foundation that has reached many youths from far and wide by fostering quality state-of-the-art education. This includes hands-on experience for young scholars. The same foundation has established various campuses across the Unites States through provision of scholarship opportunities. Tiger Woods is an inspiration to many and his pursuit of excellence reflects in the lives of many beneficiaries of his foundation and through his life achievements.