Woods studied at Stanford University, and won a number of amateur U.S. golf titles before turning professional in 1996. He shot to fame after winning the Masters Tournament at Augusta in 1997 with a record score of 270. At the age of 21, he was the youngest golfer ever to earn the title.
He is the only child of an African-American Army-officer father and a Thai mother. Born Eldrick Tont Woods, according to Biography.com, he was called "Tiger" by his father in honor of a fellow soldier.