Eldrick “Tiger” Woods – Greatest Golfer

Born    : December 30, 1975 in Cypress, California

Height : 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

Weight: 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)

Nationality      : United States Residence Windermere, Florida

Spouse             : Elin Nordegren

Children          : Sam Alexis (2007) & Charlie Axel (2009)

Eldrick “Tiger” Woods is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. In 2005, at the age of 29, he reached the milestones of ten professional major gold championships, placing him third on the all time list behind Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen. On December 30, 2004, when he celebrated his 28t” birthday, he had accumulated 40 million dollars in his nine-year PGA career.

Tiger Woods

By comparison, Jack Nicklaus, also known as “The golden bear” and a major force in professional golf from the 1960s to the mid 1990s, won only 5.7 million dollars.

The PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament, conducted by the Professional Golf Association of America as part of the PGA tour. The PGA Championships is one of the four Major Championships in men’s golf, and it is the golf season’s final major, being played in August.

Tiger Woods was born on December 30,1975 in Cypress, California. His father, Earl Woods, is a Vietnam War veteran of mixed African American and Native American ancestry. He is now chairman of his son’s charitable Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods’ mother Kultida Woods is originally from Thailand, and has mixed Thai and Chinese ancestry. He was given the nickname Tiger at birth after a Vietnamese war comrade of his father’s and became generally known by that name. By the time he was achieving national prominence in amateur gold, he was always called Tiger Woods.

Woods was a child prodigy who began to play golf at a very young age. While still a small child, he demonstrated his golf skills in a television appearance with Mike Douglas, an American entertainer. He took an interest in golf, at age of six months, watching as his father hit golf balls into a net and imitating his swing. He shot 48 for nine holes at age 3 and was featured in Gold Digest at age 5. He won the Optimist International Junior tournament six times at ages 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

In 1984, when he was only eight years, he won the 9-10 year-old boys’ event at the Junior Wolf Golf. He went on to win the U.S. Junior amateur title in 1991, 1992 and 1993. He remains the youngest ever winner and the only multiple winner.

He followed this with three consecutive U.S. Amateur win in 1994. It was the year he graduated high school and became the youngest man ever to win that event. Hi His five USGA championships before age 20 qualify him for consideration as the greatest golfer of all time under age 20.

He attended Stanford University and won one NCAA individual championship, Woods decided to leave Stanford after two years because he believed he was ready to succeed as a professional, and became one in 1996, playing his first found of professional golf at the Greater Milwaukee Open (GMO). He won two events in the three months of the 1996 season that he played as professional. I hi following April he won The Masters by a record margin of 12 shots, and he has been by far the highest profile golfer in the world since then. (The Masters is one of four major championships in men’s golf and the first to take place each pm Unlike the other major championships, the Masters is held every year at the same location, Augusta National Golf Club, a private golf club in Georgia, USA.)

In 1997, Woods went to number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time. Despite suggestions that the other players would only be competing for second place from now on, Woods’ form began to fade in the second half of 1997, and in 1998 he only won once on the PGA Tour. At this time he was working on modifications to his swing to adapt to the maturation of his physique. He won seven out of eleven major championships starting with the 1999 PGA championships and finishing with 2002 United States Open.

His 2001 Masters win marked the only time anyone had ever won four consecutive majors, a feat which became known as the Tiger Slam. He broke Old Tom Morris’ record for the largest victory margin ever in a major championship, which had stood since 1862, with his 15-shot win in the 2000 U.S. Open. His dominance was such that Woods won 52 percent of all the prize money he could have won. He won 81.7 percent more than the runner-up, the highest margin since Byron Nelson in 1945 (87.2 percent) and Hogan in 1946 (85 percent). He was the first to have as many as eight PGA TOUR victories in one year since Johnny Miller won eight in 1974.

Tiger always believed that he was the toughest golf player mentally.”A great way to improve your feel is to putt with your eyes closed. After each putt, (to hit a golf ball with a light stroke) try to guess how far the ball rolled. This is the best drill for distance control I know of,” he said. His mother said, Tiger would not be so good if he did not have the fire. I think I gave him the fire.”

Woods skills may have been encouraged by his golf-enthusiast father, but he believes much comes from his Thai side.”Buddhism has been a major role in my life,” he told journalists.”It has given me inner peace and calmness. I owe that to my mom.” What does being half-Thai means to him? “It means a lot, it is the other half of me,” he says. So, if you want to achieve fame in any game, you should always let the fire of ambition burn in you like Tiger Woods did.

Eldrick “Tiger” Woods – Greatest Golfer
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