On April 13, 1997, a 21-year old Tiger Woods won the prestigious Masters Tournament for the first time. Here are five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tiger Woods...
Tiger Is Not His Real Name Though the golfer uses Tiger in his tournaments, his birth name is Eldrick. Eldrick, was coined by his mother because it began with "E" (for Earl) and ended with "K" (for Kultida). His middle name Tont is a traditional Thai name. When Woods was a child, he was given the nickname Tiger by his father in honor of a friend, Col. Vuong Dang Phong, who had also been known as Tiger.
He Was Considered A Child Prodigy Tiger could putt into a hole and swing a golf club correctly at age two and was invited to appear on “The Mike Douglas Show” in 1978 to demonstrate his talent. During that episode, he outputted Bob Hope, the comedian and entertainer. By the age of only 5, Tiger Woods was featured on the popular television show "That's Incredible!" At the age of only 8, he won his first formal golf competition.
He Has A Thing For Red It is not uncommon for athletes to wear something special they believe will bring them luck. Tiger’s item is a red shirt which he always wears on the last round of his golf tournaments. The reason for this? His mother had told him to. “I wear red on Sundays because my mom thinks that that’s my power color,” Woods said. “And you know you should always listen to your mom.”
He Is A Buddhist It’s safe to say that Woods is quite a religious athlete. In fact, he turns to Buddhism especially during times of need. Back in 2010, when Woods issued a public apology for misgivings, he issued a statement saying, “Buddhism teaches that a creation of things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught.”
Tiger Woods Holds 17 Guinness World Records
Woods holds 17 spots in the Guinness World Records, including a tie with golf great Sam Snead for winning the PGA tour 82 times. He won the most-watched record for the number of viewers in 1997 with 15.8 million people watching the tournament. In addition, Woods has amassed the most career earnings of any player in PGA Tour history (even after inflation is considered). He has won 18 major tournaments (second only to Jack Nicklaus) and has scored an astounding 20 holes in one during his career, with three occurring during PGA tours.