Growing up, virtually everyone heard the name Tiger Woods one time or the other. What he was doing was incredible; a black man dominating a sport that had been primarily for the non-coloured. In all, the golden golfer has won over 100 Tour Events and became the youngest player to compete in the PGA Career Grand Slam. Woods began his ‘amateur’ career even before he clocked two under the tutelage of his father who coached him exclusively for his early years in the game. Fast forward to many years later, he is now one of the most successful golfers of all time.
Date of Birth: December 30, 1975
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Months ago, Tiger made headlines for his unexpected arrest in May for driving under influence and several drugs traces were found in his urine even though there were no traces of alcohol. He eventually spoke up that what happened was an unplanned reaction to his prescribed pills and he had no idea the medications were affecting him strongly.
In July 2017, the legendary sports man penned down a note saying he had completed a private intensive program and would continue working on his health issue together with his doctor and closest humans. It is worth mentioning that Woods is just supported by his numerous fans all over the world but he has a good support system in his family. Read on as we delve into the life of each of his immediate family member.
Earl Woods Sr. (father)
Date of Birth: March 5, 1932
Date of Death: May 3, 2006 (aged 74)
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Earl was one of his University’s first African-American baseball players but was best known as the father of the renowned Tiger Woods. It was not much of a surprise when his son followed in his footsteps and broke the color barrier in golf. Woods was a retired Lieutenant Colonel and had served two tours in Vietnam. He died from pancreatic cancer.
Kultida Woods (nee Punsawad) (mother)
Year of Birth: 1944
Earl Sr. was first married to Barbara Gary for 14 years and had three kids with her before his wedding to Thailand native Kultida Punsawad in 1969. Woods had met Punsawad on a tour duty in 1968 and their love affair evolved into a marriage and the eventual birth of the golf legend. Woods mentioned that despite his father being the one in the army, he was most scared of his mother Tida as she was very tough and demanding but he still loves her so much. Tiger (born name Eldrick) was nicknamed after an army officer who saved his father life in combat.
Earl Woods Jr. (older half-brother from father’s first marriage)
Year of Birth: 1955
He is the first child out of three from Barbara Gary and according to him; their famous brother got more and more out of touch as he shot to fame in the late ‘90s. Earl was obviously mad at his golf swinging brother and revealed how snobbish the star is. The older Woods even mentioned that Tiger should not come looking for his abandoned siblings when he has his own health scare. His daughter Cheyenne Woods is the other golfer in the family.
Kevin Dale Woods (older half-brother from father’s first marriage)
Year of Birth: 1957
He is almost two decades older that the famous golfer and lives in Kansas where he is bound to a wheel chair for his Multiple Sclerosis. He has made several attempts through his brother Earl to reach out to Tiger for help but each time it fell on deaf ears.
Royce Renee Woods (older half-sister from father’s first marriage)
Year of Birth: 1961
Royce is the only female Woods born to Earl and she is also estranged from her half-brother.
Elin Maria Nordegren (ex-spouse)
Duration of Marriage: October 5, 2004 – August 2010 (6 years)
Date of Birth: January 1, 1980
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
The journey of the Elin-Tiger love story started long before she even met the star in person. Nordegren was working in a clothes store when she met Mia Pavernik, the wife of Swedish pro golfer Jasper Parvenik. Mia hired Elin to be their nanny but it required her moving to America and she accepted. She then met with Woods in 2001 through the fellow golfer Pavernik after moving to the states for her new au pair job. While the Swedish native was dating the black golf icon, she cared out a successful career for herself as a model and they eventually were married in 2004.
It was revealed in 2009 that Tiger was a serial cheater and that marked the end of his marriage. According to the news, he had engaged in multiple extramarital affairs with at least 120 women and this news did nothing but shatter the marriage he had built with Nordegren. The Swedish model might have been heartbroken but she got a sizable amount in divorce settlement that would settle her for life in the financial department.
After years of silence and therapy, Elin has now learned to have a civil relationship with the golfer and eventually become friends again for the sake of their kids. The golf icon even mentioned that they communicate so well now that he slightly wishes they had done that earlier on. Since their divorce, they both share custody of their children and try to be there as often as they can be together. Sam and her brother Charlie split their time between their separated parents.
Sam Alexis Wood (daughter with Elin Nordegren)
Date of Birth: June 18, 2007
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Sam was born in 2007 less than 24 hours after her father finished as runner-up in the US Open that year. Shortly after her birth, her parents shared photos of how cute she was and the internet went wild with everyone talking about the first Woods baby. His daughter was named Sam because that was the name his father called him most of the time. The star athlete mentioned that he asked his dad why he was always called that name and Earl’s reply was that his son looked more like a Sam than as a Tiger.
There was a golf club in her hand in one of the early pictures after her birth but she couldn’t hold it so it was in the crib with her. This means the pro golfer wants his daughter to take after him but it seems Alexis has other interests of her own. She has a softer spot for soccer and her father has mentioned how much time he spends at soccer practices and games with his female child.
Charlie Axel Woods (son with Elin Nordegren)
Date of Birth: February 8, 2009
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Two years after Alexis, Axel was born. When he was about 9 months old, the full extent to his father’s cheating was revealed and it led to Tiger being physically kicked out of the house. Following in his father’s footsteps, Charlie tied for a second at the US Kids Golf event in 2016. The two Woods children are true American Mutts as their mother is Swedish and father is of multiracial roots.