Earl Woods

United States Army Colonel
Born Mar 5, 1932

Earl Dennison Woods was a US Army infantry officer who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a college-level baseball player and writer, but is best remembered as the father of professional golfer Tiger Woods. Woods started his son in golf at a very early age, and coached him exclusively for his first years in the sport.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Earl Woods.


1932 Birth Born on March 5, 1932.


1951 19 Years Old Woods broke the Big Eight Conference (then the Big Seven Conference) "color barrier" in baseball in 1951. … Read More


1953 21 Years Old However, he decided to continue his education, graduated in 1953 with a BS in Sociology, and was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army. … Read More
1954 22 Years Old Woods married Barbara Gary on May 18, 1954, in Abilene, Kansas. … Read More


1966 34 Years Old Woods had met his second wife, Kultida Punsawad, while stationed in Thailand in 1966. Punsawad is half Thai, a quarter Dutch and a quarter Chinese. They married in 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. … Read More
1968 36 Years Old Woods and his wife divorced in 1968 in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.


1972 40 Years Old In 1972, Woods was stationed at Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton, and learned to play golf, starting at age 42, at the Dyker Beach Golf Course in Dyker Heights. … Read More


1993 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, following Tiger's third straight title in the USGA Junior Amateur Championship, Earl Woods sought out superstar teacher Butch Harmon to develop Tiger's game to the next level.
1996 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Earl Woods hired Connecticut attorney John Merchant in 1996 to help facilitate the path for Tiger to turn professional, and to secure lucrative sponsorship agreements when he did so. … Read More
1998 66 Years Old Earl Woods was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998.
2006 74 Years Old He survived it, but died from a heart attack at his home in Cypress, California in 2006 at the age of 74. … Read More
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