He was a child prodigy who began to play his sport at the age of 2.
In 1978 he demonstrated his skill in a television appearance on The Mike Douglas Show.
He appeared in a digest magazine dedicated to his sport at the age of 5 and on ABC’s That’s Incredible.
In 1984 he won the 9-10 boy’s even for the Junior World Championships. He was only eight at the time but 9-10 was the youngest age group available. He went on to win Junior World Championships six times, including four consecutive winds from 1988 to 1991. He also won the U.S. Junior Amateur title in 1991, 1992 and 1993; he remains the youngest-ever and only multiple winner.
He then won three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles over the next three years, the only person to achieve this feat.
He attended Stanford University for 2 years. His teammates jokingly nicknamed him “Urkel”.
He left Stanford after 2 years to turn professional in his sport.
Shortly after his 21st birthday He began signing numerous endorsement deals including General Motors, General Mills, America Express and Nike. Only Michael Jordan and Arnold Palmer have had longer tenures at the top for endorsements and have made more money overall than this weeks Hump Day Hottie.
In 1997 after his first major professional win he was urged by fellow pro Fuzzy Zoeller not to order fried chicken or collard greens for the traditional Championship dinner.
His racial background is very diverse and coined a phrase to describe his ethnicity - Cablinasian (Cacausian, Black, American Indian & Asian).
His hobbies include working out, boating, water sports, fishing, cooking and car racing. He has never owned an airplane as his sponsor NetJets provides one as part of his sponsorship package.
He married Elin Nordegren, a Swedish model on October 5, 2004. They have no children yet.
"Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps."
"I am the toughest golfer mentally."
"I did envisage being this successful as a player, but not all the hysteria around it off the golf course."
"I don't know if I even have an aura, man. I just try to win."
"I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for - getting paid for doing what you love."
"I'm trying as hard as I can, and sometimes things don't go your way, and that's the way things go."
"If you can't laugh at yourself, then who can you laugh at?"
This weeks Hump Day Hottie is ~ Tiger Woods.