Tiger Talk (3) – Tiger Woods
July 29 is International Tiger Day. This week is a great opportunity to talk about tigers.
When you overhear people talking about ‘Tiger’, unless you are in a zoo or the jungles of Southeast Asia, it is very likely they are talking about Tiger Woods. Many say he is the greatest thing that’s happened to the game. Although my husband is the golfer in the family, I can still talk about golf, right? Thanks to Mr. Woods’ website people can now have access to everything Tiger. So here you go.. I bring you the greatest Tiger to prowl the greens! hahahaha
Watch his bio
Full Name: Eldrick “Tiger” Woods
Children: Sam Alexis (6/18/2007)
Charlie Axel (2/8/2009)
Parents: Earl and Kultida Woods
Born: December 30, 1975 (Cypress, Calif.)
High School: Western H.S. (Anaheim, Calif.)
College: Stanford University (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Eldrick (Tiger) Woods, now 36 years of age, has had an unprecedented career since becoming a professional golfer in the late summer of 1996. He has won 98 tournaments, 74 of those on the PGA Tour, including the 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005 Masters Tournaments, 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007 PGA Championships, 2000, 2002, and 2008 U.S. Open Championships, and 2000, 2005 and 2006 Open Championships. With his second Masters victory in 2001, Tiger became the first ever to hold all four professional major championships at the same time.
In winning the 2000 British Open, Woods became the youngest to complete the career Grand Slam of professional major championships and only the fifth ever to do so, following Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. Tiger also was the youngest Masters champion ever, at the age of 21 years, three months and 14 days, and was the first major championship winner of African or Asian heritage.
Woods holds or shares the record for the low score in relation to par in three of the four major championships. His records are 270 (18-under par) in the 1997 Masters, 269 (19-under par) in the 2000 British Open, and he shares the record of 270 (18-under par) with Bob May in the 2000 PGA Championship, which Tiger won by one stroke in a three-hole playoff. He held the U.S. Open records of 272 and 12-under par (set in the 2000) until 2011.
The U.S. Open and Masters victories came by record margins, 15 strokes and 12 strokes, respectively, and the U.S. Open triumph swept aside the 13-stroke major championship standard which had stood for 138 years, established by Old Tom Morris in the 1862 British Open. The record margin for the U.S. Open had been 11 strokes by Willie Smith in 1899. In the Masters, Woods broke the record margin of nine strokes set by Nicklaus in 1965. Tiger won the Open Championship by eight strokes, the largest margin since J. H. Taylor in 1913.
To Tiger Fans out there:
Some Quotes About TIGER WOODS
“When Tiger was 6 months old, he would sit in our garage, watching me hit balls into a net. He had been assimilating his golf swing. When he got out of the high chair, he had a golf swing.”
– Earl Woods
“He doesn’t need a challenge, I think that is the worst misconception going. That the No. 1 golfer needs a No. 2 golfer to push him. Tiger is pushed by history and by records and by his own goals. He doesn’t need anybody pushing him.”
– Earl Woods
“Years ago, somebody told me that when Tiger was a kid, he taped a list of my golf accomplishments on his closet. Well, if he’s making a checkmark every time he matches me in something, he must have his pencil out pretty darn often.”
– Jack Nicklaus
“That’s Tiger’s biggest strength — he can play in Jack’s style, waiting for his chances, and he can play in my style, attacking all the time. That’s some combination.”
– Arnold Palmer
“There isn’t a flaw in his golf or his makeup. He will win more majors than Arnold Palmer and me combined. Somebody is going to dust my records. It might as well be Tiger, because he’s such a great kid. He has the finest, fundamentally sound golf swing I’ve ever seen.” – Jack NicklausLearn about the TIGER WOODS FOUNDATION and the Tiger Woods Learning Center
I am not a golf expert, so I will focus more on two curious things about Tiger Woods:
1- Why he has used this ‘stuffed tiger’
club head cover all these years
Answer: His mother made it by hand.
The words “Love from Mom” are stitched on it in Thai.
The tiger’s name is Frank.
2- Why he wears red in most golf tournaments
Tiger’s Mom is Thai and in Thailand, they have colors assigned for every day.
Sunday – Red
If you are born on Monday, then Yellow is your lucky color. The present Thai King Rama IX was born on Monday and that is why his flag is yellow. The queen was born on Friday and so her auspicious color is Blue, and so is the color of her flag. (Thai colour info source)
I remember on my first visit to Thailand, I saw all these people wearing yellow. I asked around what was going on. I remember our tuktuk driver said it was Monday and also because Thailand was getting ready to celebrate the birthday of the King.
I have done my research on the birthday of Tiger Woods and he was born on a Tuesday not a Sunday. His Mom Kutilda said RED is his lucky colour, likely because the golf championships all finish on a Sunday (red-colour day). So wearing red on Sundays will attract more winnings from the Thai perspective.