Tiger Woods

(b. 1975) American golfer

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1975– )

Black US golfer who broke many records while still in his teens and early twenties.

Born in Cypress, California, to a black American father and a Thai mother, Woods was nicknamed ‘Tiger’ as a tribute to one of his father's comrades in arms in the Vietnam War. In 1991 the sixteen-year-old Woods became the youngest player, to win the US Junior Amateur Championship; he then set another record by winning it three times in a row. In 1995 he became the youngest player to win the US Amateur Championship and also the first to win both titles. He won the adult event again in 1996. In 1997, by now a professional, Woods made his first appearance in the British Open and equalled the course record of 64. In winning the US Masters the same year Woods set yet another record as the youngest-ever winner. Woods's father, Earl, has reacted with pride to his son's successes with the publication of Training a Tiger: a Father's Guide to Raising a Winner in Both Golf and Life (1997).

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — United States History.

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