Every sport has its GOAT (Greatest of all Time), basketball has Michael Jordan, football has Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and tennis has Novak Djokovic. In golf, which is considered one of the most popular sports in the United States, Tiger Woods reigns supreme. He has been in the industry for many years, winning several championships and receiving many awards for his continuous outstanding performances in the sport. Keep reading to learn more about Tiger Woods age as well as other details about his background and family.
Age, Bio – How Old is Tiger Woods?
The only child of Earl Dennison Woods and Kultida “Tida” Woods (nee Punsawad), Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods was born on 30th December 1975 in Cypress, California. This means that on his birthday in 2019, Tiger Woods’ age will be 44. He was named Eldrick by his mother, who coined the name from the first letters of her and her husband’s names. “E” from Earl and “K” from Kultida to have Eldrick. Although the only child of his parents, Tiger has three half-siblings – two half brothers, Earl Jr., and Kevin, and a half-sister named Royce – from his father’s previous marriage.
The golf lord got the nickname, Tiger, from his father and he was so nicknamed as a way of honoring his father’s friend, Colonel Vuong Dang Phong, who had also gone by the same sobriquet. Both Tiger’s parents are of mixed ancestry, Kultida is half Thai, quarter Chinese and quarter Dutch, while his father, Earl, was part African-American, Native American and Chinese. Tiger simply puts his descent as “Cablinasian” which is short for Caucasian, Black, American Indian, and Asian.
Though born in Cypress, Woods grew up in Orange County, California. He started playing golf as early as age 2 and quickly became a child prodigy, arguably the greatest one in the history of golf. His father Earl, who learned to play golf three years before his [Tiger’s] birth was his first coach, and he retained that position until he asked professional golfers, Rudy Duran, and John Anselmo to assist him when Tiger was five years old. Tiger had the opportunity to play golf at the navy golf course in Los Alamitos because his father was a member of the US Army. He also had the privilege of playing at some golf courses in Long Beach.
Between ages 3 and 10, Tiger was able to shoot a 48 over nine holes, appear in Elite magazines and television shows, win Drive, Pitch, and Putt competition (under-10 category), as well as break 80. By the time Tiger was 16, he had won the Junior World Championships six times, four out of which were consecutive. (1988-1981).
Tiger’s budding golf career did not get in the way of his education, he attended Western High, in Anaheim, California, where he was still a student when he was named the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur champion at 15, a record that remained unbroken until 2010. While still in school, Tiger participated in the Nissan Los Angeles Open Tournament, his first PGA Tour event and was titled amateur player of the year, player of the year, and national amateur of the year by Golf Digest, Golf World, and Golfweek magazines respectively. He became the only person to win the U.S. Junior Amateur championship three consecutive times.
In 1994, he graduated from high school, the same year he won the U.S. Amateur Championship, the youngest person to do so until Danny Lee broke that record in 2008. Tiger also played in his school golf team until his graduation, under Coach Don Crosby. Woods proceeded to study Economics at Stanford University in the fall of 1994 on a golf scholarship and continued his winning streak there. Two years later, he dropped out of college to take his golf career to the professional level.
How Many Children Does Tiger Woods Have?
At the Open Championship in 2001, Tiger met the beautiful lady who would become his wife and the mother of his children, Swedish former model, Elin Nordegren, through a fellow golfer, Jesper Parnevik, for whom she had worked as a nanny. The pair got along and engaged in November 2003. They officially tied the knot on October 5, 2004, at the luxury beachfront resort, Sandy Lane, Barbados. Woods and his wife had their first child, Sam Alexis Woods in 2007, and her brother, Charlie Axel Woods, was born two years after.
In December 2009, Tiger was the subject of an infidelity scandal that started as a rumor, until over 12 women came out to claim that they had been Woods’ mistresses at one point or another. This scandal cost him a lot as not only did he lose sponsorship deals, it eventually led to the end of his marriage of seven years. Woods and Nordegren officially divorced on August 3, 2010.
Since his divorce, Woods has been in and out of relationships. He is currently dating American restaurant executive, Erica Herman whom he has been with since November 2017.