Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods, an American professional golfer who ranks second in men’s major championships, is tied for the lead in PGA Tour victories and owns a number of golfing records.
One of the most well-known athletes in contemporary history, Woods is recognized as one of the all-time greats of golf. He was honored with a World Golf Hall of Fame induction.
Woods became a professional in 1996 at the age of 20 after having a stellar junior, collegiate, and amateur golfing career. He won three PGA Tour competitions by the end of April 1997 in addition to his first major, the 1997 Masters, which he won by a record-breaking 12 shots.
Less than a year after turning professional, in June 1997, he made his first ascent to the top of the global rankings winning 18 World Golf Championships. He was also a member of the American Ryder Cup winning squad in 1999.
Meet Kultida Woods and Earl Woods
Eldrick Tont Woods was born to Earl and Kultida “Tida” Woods in Cypress, California, on December 30, 1975. He is their only child and comes from his father’s first marriage with two half-brothers and a half-sister.
Earl was a Vietnam War veteran and former U.S. Army officer who was of African American and European, Native American, and maybe Chinese ancestry. He was born to African American parents.
Earl first met Kultida (formerly Punsawad) in Thailand in 1968 while he was doing a tour of service there. She is a native of that country. Her mixed ancestry includes Dutch, Chinese, and Thai.