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Tiger Woods real name is Eldrick "Tiger" Woods. Tiger was born on December 30, 1975. As a child he grew up in Cypress, California.
Tiger Woods is African American, Chinese, Native American, Thai, and Caucasian. He likes to say that he is Asian American and that he is African American. On an Oprah Winfrey show he called himself "Cablinasian"(Tiger Woods: An American Master pg.4). He made up this name from all of his ethnicity.
After Tiger woods was born his dad started to call him Tiger. He did this because during the Vietnamese War Tigers dad, Earl, was a very good friend with a man named Nguyen, which means Tiger. Earl wanted to name his son Tiger after his friend Nguyen.
As a young boy Tiger Woods would watch his dad while his dad hit practice balls into a net. He could sit in his hi-chair for hours and he wouldn't wigle or cry.
One day while Tiger was sitting in his high-chair watching his dad, he all of the sudden found an interest in golf. His father had already made him a putter so when Tiger jumped out of his high-chair and grabbed his putter his parents where very suprised. Tiger had taken up the sport of golf.
When Tiger Woods was only two years old he appeared on the Mike Douglas Show. Tiger had a putting contest against a very good amatuer golfer, Bob Hope. Tiger hit a few drives off of the green. He them moved his ball near the hole and made the putt. Everyone was suprised.
The only problem was that Tiger was African- American. Many people felt that because of his race he shouldn't be able to play golf on many golf courses. Boys in his schools would shout racial remarks at him. Tiger went to high school at Western High School. He later went to Stanford University.
Tiger Woods was a very good golfer, but in order to be an excellent golfer he needed to work on his mental game. His dad would play tricks on tiger to try to make him make a bad shot. While tiger was hitting his dad would make a minor distraction like he would throw a golf ball onto the course, jump in front of Tiger, or make a loud distracting squeal. This helped help him greatly in his golf career. Because of this he wouldn't get greatly distracted by the crowds.
When Tiger was in middle school he started traveling around to different golf tournaments. He was invited to the Insurance Youth Golf Classic National. It was a great honor. When Tiger was fourteen years old he played in the Optimist International Golf Championship. He was the youngest player to ever win this tournament. Tiger played in the U.S. Junior National Championship and he placed third. Now the entire world was interested in this extreme golfer, Tiger Woods.
Tiger won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 1991. He played against Brad Zwetschke. The tournament went down to the 19th hole. Tiger won after making a bogie. A bogie is one shot over par. Brad had a double Bogie. A double bogey is two shots over par. Tiger won the U.S. Junior Amatuer Championship in 1992. He had won this tournament two years in a row. This was a great accomplishment.
After Tiger Woods had won two of these great tournaments and many more he decided to become a professional. It was a huge step for Tiger. He would now not be playing for a bunch of fun, but he would play for money. If you play for fun it is a lot easier tomake a bad shot and be okay with it. If you play for money than it is almost heartbreaking when you miss a four foot put to loss a three hundred thousand dollar tournament. Tiger also had to drop out of Stanford University. He would miss his freinds and his teachers.
When Tiger turned pro, Nike and Titelist went after him. Tiger signed a contract with Nike for $40,000,000. All he had to do was wear Nike clothing. Tiger also signed a contract with Titleist for $20,000,000.
Tigers first large accomplishment was winning the Masters Championship. Not only did he win the tournament, but he won by a lot. This was huge. He left the world stunned. Everyone was very suprised that such a young golfer had won a huge championship.
Tiger got to play with some of the top golfers in the U.S.
while he was getting ready to play in the Masters Championship.
On the first day of the tournament Tiger shot a 70. This put him
in fourth place. On the second day he shot a 66. He was in
first place with a three stroke lead. On the third day he shot a
65. Tiger was now 15 strokes under par for the tournament.
Everyone knew he was going to win. On the fourth day he was
unbeatable. He won by 12 strokes.
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