In one of Tiger Woods' crowning career moments – winning his 15th major at the 2019 Master's – the legendary golfer talked about how having his two children see him win made his victory special.
Woods' family life has been chronicled throughout his career, and now has been renewed after he was injured in a single-car, rollover accident in Southern California on Tuesday, sustaining injuries to his right leg.
After first responders freed the 45-year-old from the mangled vehicle, Woods underwent emergency surgery to repair significant damage and insert a rod in his right leg, his team released in a statement posted on his Twitter account late Tuesday night.
Woods had two children with ex-wife Elin Nordegren, a Swedish former model. Woods and Nordegren divorced in 2010 after nearly six years of marriage. He started dating Erica Herman, a restaurant manager, in 2017.
Herman frequently travels with Woods to golf events and was by his side, along with his children, at the 2019 Masters. In 2020, Woods, Herman and his children posted a photo together when the 2020 Masters champions dinner would have been.
Masters Champions Dinner quarantine style. Nothing better than being with family. pic.twitter.com/xPK769CWCf
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Woods' oldest child is daughter Sam Alexis Woods, who was born in 2007 and is 13 years old now. Woods' youngest is son Charlie Axel Woods, who was born in 2009 and is 12 now.
On his social media channels, Woods has posted photos of Sam attending professional soccer matches and meeting stars of the U.S. women’s national team. Charlie Woods has taken up golf and won a junior golf tournament in 2020 by five strokes. In that tournament, Woods caddied for his son. They even competed together in the PNC Championship in December.
Before Charlie played with Tiger in December, both children had largely stayed out of the public spotlight. But they have been seen with Woods at various moments of his career, including in 2019 when former President Donald Trump awarded Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Woods' mother Kultida "Tida" Woods, was also present that day.
Woods' father, Earl, died in 2006. Woods has two half-brothers, Earl Jr. and Kevin, and a half-sister, Royce, from his father's first marriage.
In a 2007 news conference for the AT&T National, Woods explained his daughter Sam's name and how it tied to his late father: "We wanted to have a name that would be meaningful to either side of the family, my side or Elin‘s side, because she was born (the day after) Father’s Day. It just happened to fit. My father had always called me Sam since the day I was born. He rarely ever called me Tiger. I would ask him, ‘Why don’t you ever call me Tiger?’ He says,’Well, you look more like a Sam."
Woods also has a niece, Cheyenne Woods, who played for the Wake Forest University golf team and turned professional in 2012 when she made her pro debut in the LPGA Championship.
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