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News-Antique.com - Jan 31,2011 - By the time he was 11 months old, Earl and Kultida Woods knew their son Tiger was born to play golf. Tiger could barely stand up and yet he managed to crawl out of his high chair, pick up a toy golf club and smack a golf ball dead on into a net his dad set up in their Cypress, Calif., garage.
Just to show it was no accident, the toddler did it a second time.
“From the beginning, Tiger had a beautiful, fundamentally sound golf swing,” Earl said. There was only one problem. He was left-handed.
Earl said in the middle of a swing one day Tiger stopped, walked around the other side of the ball, changed to a right-handed grip and then hit the ball into the net perfectly with a right-handed swing. His dad couldn’t believe it.
“As a kid, I might have been psycho, I guess, but I used to throw golf balls in the trees and try and somehow make par from them. I thought that was fun,” Tiger said.
Tiger went on to become the youngest player in 1984 to win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. He was the youngest player to win the U.S. Amateur Championship. He was also the youngest player at age 24 in 2000 to win the Grand Slam, a series of four golf tournaments.
It has been predicted Tiger will ultimately break Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major championship victories. Just about anything that touches this kind of greatness is going to be of interest to collectors.
On Sept. 16, Hunt Auctions featured its Sports Memorabilia sale in Chicago. A selection of Tiger’s memorabilia was offered. A white knit shirt, Bridgestone Tournament worn and autographed in 2007 sold for $10,350.
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