Tiger Woods Facts

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Published 02/07/2009 15:18:31
 

Tiger Woods has been labelled "the most marketable man in sport" but is more than just a money-making machine. A prodigious talent, Woods' whiter-than-white image, coupled with his mixed-race heritage means he cross many boundaries and is without doubt the richest and most recognisable man in sport.

 

Did you know?

 

Tiger's real name is Eldrick Woods.

The nickname "Tiger" was given to him by his father, Earl Woods. The name is from a South Vietnamese combat buddy, Nguyen Phong, who allegedly saved Earl's skin in Vietnam.

Tiger's Mother is Kultida (Tida) Woods. Her maiden name is Kultida Punsawad. 

Tiger was just 11 months old when he first started swinging a small golf club at home. 

Incredibly, Tiger shot 48 over 9 holes at the Navy Golf Club in Cypress, California aged just three years old.

By the time he was 6 years old, Tiger had made his first birder on a 91-yard par 3 hole.

Woods is the youngest player ever to complete the "grand slam" - winning all four of golf's majors. He achieved this at the age of 20.

Tiger Woods underwent successful laser eye surgery in 1999. He no longer needs to wear glasses or contacts.

Tiger wears red on the final day of a tournament as he believes it brings him luck and "power". It has worked pretty well so far.

Tiger was introduced to his wife Elin Nordgren by Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik. She used to be his nanny.

Tiger married Elin on October 5, 2004.

Tiger and Elin have two children:  Sam Alexis and Charlie Axel.

Woods' top two dinner guests would be Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

Tiger turned pro in 1996, winning his first event later that year and his first major (US Masters) in 1997.

Tiger is on track to becoming a billionaire by 2010.

Woods is involved with a number of charities including The Tiger Woods Foundation, In The City Golf Clinics and Festivals, Tiger Woods Learning Center, Tiger Jam, Chevron World Challenge and the Tiger Woods Foundation National Junior Golf Team.

Tiger uses Nike clubs, a Scotty Cameron by Titleist putter and Nike golf balls.

Woods has hit 18 hole-in-ones during his career, the first of which coming at the age of 6.

Tiger has spent 10 of his 13 years as the world number one golfer.

Tiger is the youngest player to achieve world #1 at 21 years, 24 weeks. The previous record was Bernhard Langer at 29 years, 31 weeks.

Woods and Bobby Jones are the only golfers to have won 10 majors before the age of 30.

Woods holds the PGA Tour record for most consecutive rounds at par or better with 52. The streak began in the second round of the 2000 GTE Byron Nelson Classic and ended in the second round of the 2001 Phoenix Open.

Tiger holds the record for most consecutive weeks at No. 1, 264, and the most total number of weeks, 554.

Woods is the first golfer to win four PGA Tour events five or more times. In order of his accomplishment: WGC-CA Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Buick Invitational, and Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods is the youngest winner of the US Masters at the age of 21 years, 104 days.

Tiger has missed the cut just five times in his professional career.

Woods also holds the record for successive cuts made - 142. The previous record was just 113 held by Byron Nelson.

Tiger once played 72 holes of the US Masters at Augusta without a single 3 putt.

In all of his major victories, he has had the outright lead or at least a share of the lead after the third round.

Tiger attended Stanford University, but dropped out early to become a professional golfer.




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1.  Great Tiger Woods info

Can you give more details on the golf tournaments and majors Tiger has won?

comment by Tiger Woods Fan - 15/07/2009 10:11

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