Tiger Woods (whose real name is Eldrick Woods), born December 30, 1975 in California, is an American golfer. It is considered one of the best golfers of all time. With his flamboyant style and athletic, background Afro-American, Asian, Native American and European, is credited with popularizing golf in the U.S. and in the world, especially among minorities and young people who were not interested in the sport.
Tiger Woods was born December 30, 1975 at Cypress (Calif.) an African-American father, Earl Woods, and a Thai mother, Kultida Woods. It is the only child of their marriage, yet he has two half-brothers, Earl Jr. (born 1955) and Kevin (born 1957) and a half-sister, Royce (born 1958). Woods is a Buddhist. He said that his faith came from her mother and she helps to control his impatience and stubbornness.
The Tiger nickname comes from a friend of his father, a Vietnam soldier who fought with him during the Vietnam War. Woods became generally known by that name in junior and amateur. At 21, he officially changed his name from Eldrick to Tiger.
He is married to the former Swedish model Elin Nordegren, whom he met at the British Open in 2001. In November 2003, when Tiger participates in the Presidents Cup in South Africa, they are officially engaged in the Shamwari Nature Reserve, near Port Elizabeth. On October 5, 2004, they married near the 19th hole private golf course at Sandy Lane in Barbados. On 18 June 2007, following the second Tiger Woods 2007 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren announce birth in the morning their daughter named Sam Alexis.
It is sponsored by many popular brands such as Nike, Gillette. It is the friend of the current world number 2 in tennis, Roger Federer from Switzerland, whom he met at the U.S. Open in 2006, and basketball legend Michael Jordan.
On December 12, 2009, he announced to "withdraw from the professional golf circuit for an indefinite period.
On April 6, 2010, he returned to competition at the Masters Tournament Augusta National.