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.
1. Early life and family
Eldrick 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.
3. Educational background
4. Golf pursuit
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.
6. His best friend
7. Superstition beliefs
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.
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.
10. His net worth
His 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.
12. His caddies
13. Faith in Buddhism
Tiger was raised as a Buddhist by this Thai mother and he actively practiced it.
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.
15. Streaks at No. 1
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.
17. Personal life
18. Total majors won
Woods has won 14 major championships, and seemed to achieve at least 10 more.
19. Tournaments won
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.