Golfer Tiger Woods

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on March 25, 2001

How old was Tiger Woods when he first began playing golf?
—Rodney G., Texas

Tiger, born Eldrick Woods, (he was nicknamed Tiger after a friend of his father in Vietnam) has been playing golf almost as long as he's been walking. The child prodigy, now 25, putted against Bob Hope on the Mike Douglas Show at age 2, shot 48 for nine holes at age 3, and was featured in Golf Digest at age 5. He went professional in 1996 and has won 29 tournaments, including the 1997 Masters Tournament, 1999 and 2000 PGA Championships, 2000 U.S. Open Championship, and 2000 British Open Championship. Woods lives in Orlando, Fla.