Tiger Woods Was a 26-Year-Old Superstar
Golf phenom Tiger Woods first appeared on The Oprah Show in 1997 at 26 years old. He had emerged on the professional golf scene only one year earlier, when he played his first round of professional golf at the Greater Milwaukee Open. In 1996, he was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year and the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
Tiger's visited The Oprah Show with his father, Earl Woods, and talked about his book, Training a Tiger. It was his first interview after winning the Masters. When Oprah introduced him she said "Tiger Woods transcends golf. He is magical and mesmerizing. He is just what our world needs right now, don't you think? I call him America's Son."
When asked where his grace and charm come from, Tiger told Oprah that it was all natural. "Overall, I am happy and content with myself. There is nothing stirring inside of me. I am happy being Tiger Woods, there is nothing more I can say. It just comes out."
Tiger went on to win three more Masters. He also won three U.S. Opens three, British Opens, and four PGA Championships.
In 2004, Tiger married Elin Nordegren, a Swedish former model who had been the au pair to a Swedish golfer. The couple have two children and have since divorced.