Woods, Tiger (1975-...), an American golfer, created a sensation in
the sports world with his brilliant play. Woods won the 1997 Masters Tournament at the age
of 21. He became the youngest golfer and the first with African American heritage to win
the Masters. Woods set a record by playing the 72 holes of the tournament in 18 strokes
under par. Woods is especially known for his long, accurate drives, but he has also gained
praise for his complete game as well as his composure.
Woods first gained attention as an amateur golfer. He won the U.S. Junior Amateur
Championship in 1991, 1992, and 1993. He also won the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1994,
1995, and 1996. He won the Division I men's title in the National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA) Championships in 1996 while attending Stanford University. Woods turned
professional in 1996, and won two tournaments as a pro in that year.
Woods was born in Cypress, California. His given name is Eldrick Woods. His father named
him "Tiger" after an Army buddy. Woods is expected to have a great impact on
golf internationally because of his background, which is African American, American
Indian, Chinese, European, and Thai.