Tiger Woods Biography
Tiger Woods has been learning the game of golf since he was six months old. Check out Kidzworld's biography on golf's greatest player.
Tiger Woods - Teeing Off At Two
Tiger's real first name is Eldrick. He was born on December 30, 1975 and grew up in Cypress, California. A young Tiger began taking an interest in golf when he was just six months old. He would watch his father, Earl, hit golf balls into a net and would try imitating his swing. He was given the nickname Tiger after a Vietnamese soldier and friend of his father, to whom his father had also given that nickname. Tiger Woods appeared on television practicing his swing at the age of two and by the time he was three, he had already shot a 48 on a nine-hole course. When he was just five, the golf world began to take notice of Tiger Woods and he was featured on the cover of Golf Digest.
Tiger Woods - Youth Star
Tiger Woods was just 16 and still in high school when he played in his first professional golf tournament - the Nissan Los Angeles Open. Two years later, he went to college at Stanford University where he won ten collegiate events and the NCAA title. While he appeared in only a handful of professional tournaments during his years in college, it wouldn't be long before Tiger Woods would be winning pro events at a ridiculous rate.
Tiger Woods - The Best Golfer Ever?
Tiger Woods turned pro in the summer of 1996 at the age of 20 and won two tournaments in his first season on the PGA tour. The following year, Tiger Woods won four tournaments and became the youngest golfer to win the Masters. He was also selected as the 1997 PGA Player of the Year. Since turning pro, Tiger Woods has devoured just about every competition he's entered. He's won 71 official PGA Tour events, including four Masters, 4 PGA Championships, three US Opens and three British Opens. He's also won nearly $110 million in prize money and he's still only 33 years old! Tiger Woods lost his number one spot in the world golf rankings in September 2004 and was briefly ranked third in the world behind Ernie Els and V.J. Singh. But his playoff victory at the 2005 Masters and a convincing victory at the 2005 British Open has placed him firmly on top of the golf world's rankings once again.
The 2009 Return Of Tiger
It has been called one of the most anticipated returns on sports history when Tiger returned to the PGA Tour event after and eight month layoff. It was at the WGC-Accenture Match Play where he lost to Tim Clark in the second round. Then Woods won his 71st carreer title at the BMW Championship. In November 2009, Tiger went on his 38th European Tour win and had his first win of the PGA Tour of Australasia.
Update: Tiger Really A Cheetah?
On November 25, 2009, the National Enquirer published a story alleging Tiger Woods had an affair with a night club hostess in New York; the woman in question denies the claims. On November 27 the golfer crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and a neighbor's tree at 2:25 a.m. and, after his wife, Elin Nordegren, said she used a golf club to smash out the car's windows to get to her husband, was briefly hospitalized. On November 28 Tiger released a statement on his website saying the crash, which left him with cuts and bruises, was his fault. On November 30, Tiger withdrew from the annual Chevron World Challenge golf tournament due to his injuries and said he won't compete again until 2010. On December 1 the Florida Highway Patrol completed its investigation of the crash, deeming it an accident and charging Tiger $164 in fines.
Here's where the story starts to get interesting. On December 2, 2009, Us Weekly magazine published a cover story saying an LA waitress claims she had an almost three-year affair with Tiger Woods - and has proof in 300 text messages and a November 24, 2009 voice mail that she met the top golfer in 2007, just two months before Elin gave birth to the couple's first child. Three hours after the story dropped, Tiger admitted the story is true and apologized in a statement on his website:
“I have not been true to my values and the behaviour my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behaviour and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.”
Although he promised to speak publicly in a news conference on December 3 the event was called off just one hour before it was set to start. And on December 8 reports started surfacing that Elin had moved out of the family home. Now, as the days go on, more and more women that say they had affairs with Tiger Woods while he was married seem to be coming out of the woodwork - but how many are telling the truth and how many are just looking for the fortune and fame that may come with being associated with (and bringing down) one of the best athlete's in the world? We'll keep you posted!
Tiger Woods - Did U Know?
- On Novemeber 27, 2009, Tiger Woods was taken to hospital after an early morning car accident near his home. Woods was released from the hospital in good condition.
- On October 5, 2004, Tiger Woods got married to his long-time girlfriend, Swedish bombshell, Elin Nordegren. The pair tied the knot at a lavish wedding ceremony in Barbados.
- Woods has won fourteen professional major golf championships , the second highest of any male player, and 71 PGA Tour events, third all time.
- Tiger Woods was only eight years old when he scored his first hole-in-one.
- Tiger Woods loves to go fly-fishing and owns 17 fishing rods and reels. His favorite fishing spots are Alaska and Ireland.
- Tiger Woods' mother, Kutilda, is a native of Thailand.