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At age 21, Tiger Woods became the youngest Masters champ and the first golfer since Jerry Pate in 1976 to win in the first major he played. In 1997, Woods took the lead at the Augusta golf classic and then put on a golf clinic never seen before. He fired a 3-under-par 69 and broke the tournament 72-hole record with an unbelievable 18-under 270. The 12-stroke margin of victory was the largest in Masters history. Woods was chosen as the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year and ESPY Male Athlete of the Year in 1997. He was also one of the most accomplished amateur golfers in history, winning six USGA national championships, an NCAA title during his two years at Stanford University, and an unprecedented three consecutive U.S. Amateur Championships. He finished first on the PGA Tour five times in 1999. More importantly, Woods opened wide a door of society in becoming the first African American, as well as the first Asian American, to win a major. Woods was granted dual citizenship by the Thai government (his mother, Kultida, is of half Thai and one quarter Chinese, descent) in 1997 prior to playing in the Asian Honda Classic. Woods has captured the hearts and imaginations of even non-golf fans around the world. Affable and good looking, he became an international star and a prime endorser of golfing equipment and apparel. Born Eldrick Woods on December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California, his distinctive nickname "Tiger" came from his father Earl's Green Beret army past. "Tiger" had been the moniker of a South Vietnamese officer who saved Earl's life on several occasions. As a child, Woods was one of junior golf's most accomplished players. He putted against Bob Hope on The Mike Douglas Show at the improbable age of 2, shot 48 for nine holes at age 3, and was featured in "Golf Digest" at age 5. Woods won several major youth titles in southern California. He won three straight U.S. Amateur titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996 after winning three consecutive U.S. Junior Amateur titles in 1991, 1992 and 1993. He turned professional in the summer of 1996, and the game of golf hasn't been the same since. Sense of humor intact, Woods once observed, "Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps".  See full bio on IMDb »

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Tiger Woods -- Race Organizers Call BS ... Photog Didn't Knock Tooth Out (Update)

Tiger Woods
Race Organizers Call BS Photog Didn't Knock Tooth Out [Update]

10:20 AM PT -- We also spoke with Nicola Colli ... who tells us Tiger "never seemed like he was in pain." "We aren't mad at Tiger or his reps," Colli told an Italian-speaking member of our team… READ MORE >

Tiger Woods -- Look Lindsey, the Tooth Is ... (TMZ TV)

Tiger Woods
Look Lindsey, the Tooth Is ... [TMZ TV]

Tiger Woods surprised gf Lindsey Vonn -- first by showing up at her race in Italy ... and then by flashing a giant gap in his mouth.Looks like somebody can't handle the tooth. READ MORE >

- 618 days ago
Tiger Woods -- Flashes the Norde-Grin [Update]

Tiger Woods
Flashes the Norde-Grin [Update]

11:30 AM PT -- Tiger's agent Mark Steinberg says the tooth was knocked out at the skiing event ... claiming a photog accidentally smacked the golfer in the face with a camera after the race.… READ MORE >

- 619 days ago
Tiger Woods -- I'm Working for Donald Trump!

Tiger Woods
I'm Working for Donald Trump!

Donald Trump is betting some serious cash on Tiger Woods -- hiring the golfer to design an 18-hole course at his massive property in Dubai. Trump announced the partnership this morning ...… READ MORE >

- 660 days ago
Tiger Woods Loses Title to Golfer On Coke Leave

Pro Golfer Tiger Woods
Loses Title to Golfer on Coke Leave

Tiger Woods just lost one of his precious golf titles ... to a golfer with cocaine issues.Our links spies tell TMZ ... Dustin Johnson shot a 61 last Tuesday at the Sherwood Country Club in… READ MORE >

- 695 days ago
Elin Nordegren -- Hey Tiger ... Keep YOUR Balls Out of Here!

Elin Nordegren
Hey Tiger ... Keep YOUR Balls Out of Here!

The mega-mansion Elin Nordegren built with her $100 million Tiger Woods Fund includes a gigantic screw you to her ex -- a mini golf course and putting green ... where he will NOT be… READ MORE >

- 712 days ago
Tiger Woods -- HE'S NOT A PATHETIC LOSER ... Says Anthony Anderson

Tiger Woods
HE'S NOT A PATHETIC LOSER ... Says Anthony Anderson

Tiger Woods still has another 20 years of golf left in him ... and WILL WIN AGAIN ... so says golf junkie Anthony Anderson. The "Black-ish" star -- who also hosts "Golf in America" on the… READ MORE >

- 814 days ago
Elin Nordegren -- 'I'm Happy for Tiger' ... But I Can't Forget How He Hurt Me

Elin Nordegren
'I'm Happy for Tiger' But I Can't Forget How He Hurt Me

Elin Nordegren says "the word betrayal isn't strong enough" to describe how she felt when she learned Tiger Woods had been banging around behind her back ... but says she's finally moved on. READ MORE >

- 862 days ago
Tiger Woods -- PEACEFUL THREESOME ... Ex-Wife Hangs with New GF

Tiger Woods
PEACEFUL THREESOME Ex-Wife Hangs with New GF

It's shocking enough to see Tiger Woods hanging out with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren again ... but even MORE SHOCKING to see them together with Tiger's GF Lindsey Vonn by his side. READ MORE >

- 889 days ago
Tiger Woods -- Half-Brother Arrested ... Called In Bomb Threat

Tiger Woods
Half-Brother Arrested Called In Bomb Threat

Tiger Woods' half-brother was arrested in Arizona on Thursday after officials say he called up the government building where he works and threatened to BLOW IT UP ... TMZ Sports has learned.… READ MORE >

- 1021 days ago

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