Essay on Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods was born with the name Eldrick Woods on December 30, 1975, in Orlando,
Florida. Early on, Tiger's parents, Earl and Kultilda Woods, introduced their only child
to the sport he has come to dominate, giving him a sawed-off putter to practice with as
soon as he could stand up on his own. At the age of 8, he won the first of six Optimist
International Junior World Titles. After perhaps the most remarkable amateur career
ever—he won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships in 1991, 1992, and 1993, and the U.S.
Amateur title in 1994, 1995, and 1996—and two years at Stanford University, where he won
the NCAA title, Woods turned pro in the summer of 1996.

His potential seemed unlimited, especially when he won 2 titles and finished in the top 10
five times out of his first 8 Professional Golf Association tour events. In 1997, at the
age of 21, Woods became the youngest player ever to win the Masters (by the largest margin
in a major championship in this century), and the first person of African or Asian descent
to win a major golf championship. That year, his first full year on the tour, Woods was
chosen as the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year and ESPN Male Athlete of the Year
and became the youngest player ever to hold the No. 1 ranking in professional golf.

Nothing—not even an unbelievably lucrative endorsement portfolio—foretold what would
happen in 1999, when Woods's success reached heights never before imagined. With his
victory at the American Express Championship on November 7, in Valderrama, Spain, Woods
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