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Professional Golf Player - Tiger Woods (Also known as Tiger, Eldrick)
born : Eldrick Woods, United States of America 1975, December 30
famous for : Being one of the most successful golfers of all time and for promoting the game of golf among those of different races because of his multiracial ethnicity.
lives: USA.

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Tiger Woods was born on the 30th of December, 1975 as "Eldrick Woods". Tiger Woods was born to parents "Earl Woods" and mother "Kultida Woods" in Cypress, California. His parents are of mixed racial backgrounds with his father being African American/Caucasian and mother being Thai/Chinese (born in Thailand).

Tiger Woods got his nickname "Tiger" from "Vuong Dang Phong", a Vietnamese soldier/friend of his father (who was lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army that served in the Vietnam War). Woods was interested in golf from a very young age, entering competitions at just 8 years of age. His winning ways started very early with the "Optimist International Junior" golf tournament being won by the young Tiger Woods 6 times at the ages of 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 & 15 years.

At the age of 16 in 1992 Tiger Woods played in his first professional golf tournament. He moved from the amateur circuit to become a professional golfer in 1996. The following year the young golfer won the prestigious Masters Tournament by an amazing 12 shots. At the young age of just 21 and just 42 weeks after turning professional, Tiger Woods was ranked the number 1 golfer in the world and was the youngest to ever have the number 1 Official World Golf Ranking.

Tiger Woods has won many of the most prestigious golfing tournaments in the world, including the US Masters, US Open, British Open, and PGA Championship. His tournament earnings have totaled more than a million US dollars every year since 1997, making him one of the highest all time money earners of the game. Woods is also one of the most well known faces in golf, which has made him very wealthy through lucrative sponsorships and endorsement contracts from some the major sporting brands in the world. His earnings from sponsorships surpass his golf tournament winnings..

Tiger Woods Golf Tournament Earnings by Year
1996 Tournament earnings - $790,594
1997 Tournament earnings - $ 2,066,833
1998 Tournament earnings - $ 1,841,117
1999 Tournament earnings - $ 6,616,585
2000 Tournament earnings - $ 9,188,321
2001 Tournament earnings - $ 6,687,777
2002 Tournament earnings - $ 6,912,625
2003 Tournament earnings - $ 6,673,413
2004 Tournament earnings - $ 5,365,472
2005 Tournament earnings - $ 10,628,024
2006 Tournament earnings - $ 9,941,563
2007 Tournament earnings - $ 10,867,052

Tiger Woods is married to the Swedish model Elin Nordegren. The couple had their first child in 2007, a daughter called Sam Alexis Woods.

Woods started the Tiger Woods Foundation in 1996 with his father to help children "Through personal enrichment programs, scholarships, direct grants, junior golf clinics and the new Tiger Woods Learning Center, the Foundation is helping millions of children reach their dreams."

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