20 Interesting Facts About Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is an American golfer who is considered as one of the most successful golfers of all time. There had been many great golfing legends in the history, but contributions of Tiger Woods to this sport is remarkable. Let us find out some interesting facts about Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods

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1. Early life and family

young tiger woodsEldrick Tont Woods or Tiger Woods was born on December 30, 1975 in Cypress, California, to Earl and Kultida Woods. He is their only child, however, he does have two half-brothers, and a half-sister.
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2. Why is he called Tiger?

Initially, his father started calling him “Tiger” in honor of a fellow soldier and friend who had the same moniker. But later, the whole world denoted him this name.
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3. Educational background

tigerWoods did his schooling from the Western High School in Anaheim and graduated from Western High School in 1994.
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4. Golf pursuit

tiger woods youngLittle Woods got familiar with golf even before the age of 2 through his father. When he was 3, he shot a 48 over nine holes over the Cypress Navy course.
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5. First major title

In 1997, he won his first major, the Masters, and became the youngest ever winner, 2 months later, he set the record for the fastest ever to be No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
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6. His best friend

tiger woods with fatherHe always considered his father as his best friend. He was really affected by his father’s death in 2006 after battling prostate cancer.
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7. Superstition beliefs

Tiger Woods Oct 2011He always wears red color on the final day of the tournament, as his mother feels that it’s a power color and brings good luck for him.
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8. His charity and foundation


In 1996, he and his father started The Tiger Woods Foundation, to promote golf among inner-city children. In 2010, he donated $3 million to Haitian earthquake relief.
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9. What he likes to eat ?

He loves to eat McDonalds Cheese Burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, french fries, Taco Bell, and strawberry or vanilla shakes.
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10. His net worth

WoodsHis net worth is around $640 million, which makes him the second richest “African American”, after Oprah Winfrey. He is the first athlete ever to earn a billion dollars from his sport.
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11. Writing skills

Woods also loves to write, as he wrote a column for Golf Digest magazine from 1997 to 2011. In 2001, he wrote a book called “How I Play Golf”, which proved to be the best-selling golf instruction book with around 1.5 million copies sold.
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12. His caddies

tiger woods and his caddy steve williamsMike Cowan, an 18-year veteran of the PGA Tour, was his first caddy, and Steve Williams is his second caddy.
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13. Faith in Buddhism

Tiger was raised as a Buddhist by this Thai mother and he actively practiced it.
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14. Tiger’s eyesight

His eyesight was 11, before having a laser eye surgery in 1999, which gave him 20/15 vision. After which, he won seven of his next 10 events.
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15. Streaks at No. 1

Tiger Woods playing golfHe has been No. 1 in the world for 683 weeks, and has the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 11th longest streaks at No.1 ever.
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16. Favorite movie and music

His favorite movies are Caddyshack, 48 Hours, and all James Bond movies. His favorite musicians are U2, Boyz II Men, and Janet Jackson.
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17. Personal life

tiger and elinIn 2004, Woods married Elin Nordegren and had 2 kids, but got divorced in 2010. He has a daughter named Sam Alexis Woods, and son, Charlie Axel Woods.
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18. Total majors won

Woods has won 14 major championships, and seemed to achieve at least 10 more.
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19. Tournaments won

Tiger woodsWoods has won 26.1% of the tournaments on the PGA Tour, i.e. 79 out of 302.
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20. Controversies

In 2009, he received a ticket for careless driving, after getting injured in a car accident. Later, in another incident it was also found that he had affairs with several women, which eventually resulted in his divorce.
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