Endorsed by Nike (just like Michael Jordan)
and one of the greatest golfers the sport and world has ever
seen, Tiger Woods has achieved what many golfers haven't achieved
in their lifetime, and he is only 25 years old!
Record breaking pro
golfer Eldrick "Tiger" Woods was born on the 30th
of December, 1975, the only child to parents Earl, retired
lieutenant, and Kultida, of Thai descent. Earl Woods gave
his son Eldrick the nickname "Tiger", after a soldier
and friend of his father who was also nicknamed Tiger in his
days as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army.
Tiger grew up in Cypress,
California, where his future passion and talent was foreshadowed
while he was only a baby. Tiger would watch his father hit
golf balls and would mimic his father's swing while still
in his crib.
Even before becoming
a graduate from Western High School in Anaheim, California,
Tiger was appearing on television and winning golf tournaments.
At the mere age of 2, Tiger played with comedian and golfer
Bob Hope on a national televisor, the Mike Douglas Show. He
was featured in Golf Digest at age 5, after having already
succeeded in shooting 48 for nine holes while the same children
his age were still playing with building blocks.
A six-time winner at
the Optimist International Junior Tournament, Tiger won at
the ages of 8 and 9, and consecutively from ages 12 to 15.
While a student at
Stanford University, Tiger won 10 collegiate events and held
the NCAA title.
With awards and honors
such as Golf Digest Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992, Golf
World Player of the Year in 1992 and 1993, and Golfweek National
Amateur of the Year in 1992 already under Tiger's belt, there
is no doubt that his dreams of pro golf were only a few putts
Before his years at
Stanford, Tiger had already played in a professional tournament
when he was 16 years old, the Nissan Los Angeles Open in 1992.
One year later, he participated in three PGA Tour events and
in 1994, Tiger placed 34th in the 1994 Johnnie Walker Asian
Classic in Thailand and appeared in three more PGA Tours that
After having won the
1994 Western Amateur and representing the United States in
the 1994 World Amateur Team Championships in France and the
1995 Walker Cup Match in Wales, Tiger was ready for his first
major championships in 1995 -- the Masters and The British
Open. Tiger couldn't play in the US Open that year because
he injured his wrist.
Even as an amateur
in 1995 and 1996, Tiger was making and breaking records and
it was for this reason (among many others) that he was named
Sports Illustrated's 1996 Sportsman of the Year.
In 1997, Tiger won
the first Mercedes Championships of the season, the Masters
and four PGA events. Tiger became the leading money winner,
Among the records Tiger
has broken are:
In 1997, the youngest-ever
No.1 golfer at age 21, 24 weeks.
In 1999 alone -- Tiger won 81.7 percent more than the runner
up during the PGA Tour.
In 1999, he had as many as 8 victories in one year.
In 1999, he achieved the highest point average (20.61) in
the history of the World Ranking.
In 1999, earned a record setting 750 points.
In 1999, achieved the lowest ever adjusted scoring average
of 68.43 strokes.
It's no wonder that Tiger Woods has earned the amount of recognition
and honors that he has received. In 1997 and 1999, The Associated
Press named Tiger Woods the Male Athlete of the Year, with
only four golfers receiving the same honor in history, and
those same years, he was named ESPY Male Athlete of the Year,
sharing the honor with baseball great Ken Griffey Jr.
In 1997 and 1999, Tiger
also received the Jack Nicklaus Award, selected as the PGA
Tour Player of the Year.
At this year's PGA
tournaments, Tiger placed first at the Mercedes Championship,
Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Bay Hill Invitational, The Memorial,
and the U.S. Open.
This past weekend,
Tiger has set yet another record -- his championship at the
British open in historic St. Andrews makes him the youngest
golfer to have won all four golf championships.
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