Throwback Article Reveals How Tiger Woods Used to Dominate Golf as a 3-Year-Old

Published 09/19/2021, 7:07 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 23: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts during the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


The golf world has been missing Tiger Woods for months now. Back in February, the 45-year-old was involved in a single-car accident, which injured him severely. The greatest of all time is still recovering, away from the limelight. Everyone has held on to every little Tiger Woods update they can get, especially since there’s uncertainty around his return to the course.

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Woods’ popularity and legacy in golf is a result of his exceptional talent, winning him countless titles throughout his career which spans over two decades. Even before he officially made the PGA Tour, he was already impressing in amateur and some professional events. His talent, however, had been spotted back when he was a child – a proper child prodigy that grew up to be the best the world had to see.

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Here’s what a young Tiger Woods was achieving

 

Before he was five, Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods was proving that he might be on his way to becoming a golf legend. In a 1981 Golf Digest article speaking of a five-year-old Woods, a stat about his golf skills when he was three steals the show. According to Golf Digest, a three-year-old Woods ‘recorded a 48 for nine holes’ at the regulation course Navy Golf, Costa Mesa, and Los Alamitos. The course measured 6750 yards.

“The kid’s not exceptional,” said golf professional Rudy Duran. “He’s way beyond that”. 

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Well, Duran was not wrong.

The article also revealed that by the time Woods was five, he had won a ‘dozen’ golf trophies and had appeared on the Mike Douglas show. Woods had been exposed to golf since he was only 6 months – sitting on a high chair while his father hit the net in their garage. When he was 18 months old, he shot his first bucket of balls at a driving range.

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07 JUN 2009: Tiger Woods on the 11th tee during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Woods would go on to win the Memorial Tournament, finishing -12, one stroke better than Jim Furyk (Photo by Andy Altenburger/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

When he was young, Woods was busy beating 16-years-old in contests involving bunker shots. Woods also spent his time at the Heartwell Golf Park – a par-3 course covering 2156 yards. As he grew up, Woods’ talent only grew. As of now, he has paved way for the term Tiger Slam – winning all the major championships consecutively.

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Devika Pawar is a golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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