When Tiger Woods’ Father Revealed the Origin of His Son’s Famous Nickname

Published 08/29/2022, 6:30 AM EDT
Tiger Woods with his father Earl Woods at the trophy presentation of The Target (Photo by Scott Clarke/WireImage)

Names often play the most important role in an individual’s personality. Especially if your name is Tiger Woods. A name aptly suiting his personality, Woods proudly stands as the greatest golfer of all time. A dream, initially lived by his father Earl Woods.

Today, he enjoys the pleasure of being the biggest name in the sporting world. However, not many are not aware of how Eldrick Tont Woods became Tiger Woods. Being a prominent figure in his life, it was Woods’ father, Earl Woods, who came up with the idea of addressing his son as a ‘Tiger’.

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Going back in time to 2003, Earl Woods revealed the reason behind him gifting his son the most prominent nickname in the sporting world.

Earl Woods admits his friend is the reason behind naming his son Tiger Woods

Earl Woods is largely known as Tiger Wood‘s first coach. However, to everyone’s surprise, the origin of ‘Tiger’ doesn’t have anything to do with golf. Instead, the origin of the in-famous nickname dates back to the military days of Earl Woods. Prior to entering the golfing world, Earl woods served a couple of years in the army, being a part of the American contingent during the Vietnam war.

In 2003, during an interview with a media house, he went back in time, recalling one of his military friends to reveal the origin of the in-famous nickname. “He (friend) was very very good in combat,” Earl started. “So much so that I nicknamed him Tiger.” 

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25 Jan 1998: Tiger Woods with his parents Kultida and Earl Woods at the Johnnie Walker Classic at Blue Canyon Golf Club, Thailand. Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/ALLSPORT

Going ahead in the conversation, he said. “And when “Nam” fell I didn’t know if he got out. And I lost touch with him and I said if I have another child I’ll nickname him Tiger.”

“If it had been a girl, she would have been Tiger too,” he further added.

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Earl Woods gave the nickname ‘Tiger Woods’ in memory of his friend. However, little did he know that the name would steadily become the greatest name in the entire sporting world. Earl died in 2006. However, his son, Eldrick Tont Woods, continues to justify his nickname and build on his father’s legacy.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

Edited By: Rohini Kottu

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