Tiger Woods is one of the most successful professional golfers of all time. He is also known as a pioneer in bringing racial diversity to the sport. Not only is he the youngest golfer to ever achieve the career Grand Slam, but he’s done this three times.
Born in Cypress, CA on Dec. 30 1975, Eldrick Tont Woods (nicknamed Tiger) was born into golf. His parents say he was playing with a putter before he could walk. At age two he putted against Bob Hope on The Mike Douglas Show. Tiger grew up in Orange County, CA, doing quite well in a variety of competitions and also appeared in Golf Digest and on ABC’s That’s Incredible. He first broke 80 when he was 8 years old.
Tiger Woods attended Western High School of Anaheim, CA. During this time he racked up a long list of wins and awards, including Golf Digest Amateur Player of the Year, Golf World Player of the Year, and Golfweek National Amateur of the Year. Tiger was also on the high school golf team. When he graduated in 1994 he was voted “most likely to succeed”.
Tiger’s golfing reputation got the attention of many college recruiters. He chose Stanford University, the 1994 NCAA Division I champion. He was awarded a golf scholarship and was able to enroll in the fall of 1994. He majored in economics and his teammate gave him the new nickname, Urkel.
Tiger won so many amateur U.S. golf titles (for example the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Oregon, and the NCAA individual golf championship) that he decided after two years at Stanford, to leave school. In August of 1996, Tiger Woods turned professional.
Today, Woods has won 71 PGA Tour events, 38 European tour wins and many other international events. He has the lowest scoring average as well as the most career earnings of any player in PGA Tour history. What a guy!