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.