21 Things You Didn’t Know About Tiger Woods

Here we take a look at 21 things you may not know about 15-time major winner Tiger Woods

21 Things You Didn’t Know About Tiger Woods
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Aside from the obvious ones like the fact that he has won 15 Majors and 82 PGA Tour events, in this video and article we look at 21 things you might not know about five-time winner of the The Masters (opens in new tab), Tiger Woods...

21 Things You Didn't Know About Tiger Woods

1. His real name is Eldrick Tont Woods - Eldrick because it has his father's initial at the start and his mother's first initial at the end, and Tont is a traditional Thai name.

2. His father was in the army and named his son Tiger because his fellow solider and friend Col. Vuong Dang Phong was also known as Tiger.

3. Tiger was born in Cypress, California. 

4. His mother Kultida is Thai and his father Earl was African-American.

5. His father Earl got Tiger into the game at a very young age. Tiger would watch his father hit balls in the garage from his high chair from the age of 6 months.

6. He first began playing at the Navy Golf Course which his dad had access to. He shot 48 for nine holes aged 3.

7. At the age of 8 Tiger first broke 80, and at the age of 12 he broke 70.

8. He had a glittering amateur career, winning the US Amateur Championship three years in a row from 1994-1996. He is the only man to do that.

9. His '96 US Am win coincided with his NCAA Championship Division 1 victory. He is one of five men to have won both in the same year - Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Ryan Moore are the others.

10. He enjoys all sports, including basketball, soccer and diving.

11. He opened his first golf course in 2016, Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas.

12. Aged 24, he became the youngest golfer to win the career grand slam and at the 2019 ZOZO Championship he tied Sam Snead for the most PGA Tour wins ever with 82.

13. The Tiger Woods Foundation helps children worldwide with education and has reached 10 million.

14. He and ex-wife Elin Nordegren have a daughter named Sam and a son named Charlie.

15. He is 3rd in the European Tour all-time wins list with 41 victories despite never playing a full European Tour season.

16. Tiger attended Stanford University. He did not graduate and left to turn professional.

17. He became the first billion dollar sportsman.

18. He is a buddhist.

19. He has spent 683 weeks as #1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, more than double Greg Norman who has spent the second-longest amount of time as world number one.

20. He had a stutter as a child and overcame it by taking classes at school and talking to his dog at nights.

21. His current girlfriend is Erica Herman, they met when she was managing one of Tiger's restaurants. They have been dating since 2017.

Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last five years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He also loves to test golf apparel especially if it a piece that can be used just about anywhere!

As a result he has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice and tips.

He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since December 2017. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five.