Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Today's TV

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Starfile Tiger Woods

Image: Unbeatable golfer.

Best Known For: Winning 14 major championships.

Early Life: Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods was born in 1975 in California to African-American father Earl and Thai mother Kultida. His father gave him the nickname after a friend. Tiger has two half-brothers and a half-sister from his father's first marriage. He started to play golf at the age of two, famously putting against Bob Hope on American TV.

Throughout his school years, he notched up 11 amateur and junior championships.

Career: He went to Stanford University, but left in 1996. A year later, he won the US Masters. Tiger has been a force to reckon with ever since. He has gained an astonishing 65 PGA tour wins, 14 major championships, and 24 victories elsewhere. He has established a charitable foundation in his own name, which aims to help disadvantaged children, and has a lucrative clothing line. He has written a column for

Golf Digest magazine for more than a decade and also wrote a best-selling instruction book, published in 2001. In 2006, he was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

Love Life: Married long-term girlfriend Elin Nordegren in 2004. They have two children.

Don't Mention: Politics. He usually avoids the subject.

Quote: "I don't see myself as the Great Black Hope. I'm just a golfer who happens to be black and Asian. It doesn't matter whether they're white, black, brown or green." Tonight: Live Golf: The Masters, BBC2, 9pm..

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