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Tiger Woods Essay

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Purpose: I want the audience to understand that Tiger Woods is the new Michael Jordan of the sports world.Speaker Duties: My main goal is to annunciate more. I feel very week in it and hope to conquer this weakness of mind. I will al so try to use more hand gestures because it makes my speech more compelling.I. IntroductionA.Who would nickname their child "Tiger?" According to Ron Sirak of Golf Digest in his February 2002 article, "Among The Greats," it was the parents of Eldrick Woods who according to Jack Nicklaus, known as the greatest golfer of the twentieth century, in a recent interview on The Golf Channel's Golf Talk is "the greatest golfer of this generation."B.I understand that many of you may not enjoy or follow the game of golf, but the story of Tiger Woods is as unique as a fingerprint.C.Due to time constraints, I will limit my focus to three areas of Tigers life. First, I would like to present a few interesting points regarding Tiger's background. Next, I will briefly highlight a fraction of his hundreds of golfing achievements. Finally, I will demonstrate that his motivation and passion extends beyond golf competition, evidenced by his creation of the charitable Tiger Woods foundation.II. BodyA.Eldrick Woods was born on December 30, 1975 in Cypress, California, and is the only child of Earl and Kultida Woods. According to Earl Wood's book, "Training a Tiger," stated that Eldrick was nicknamed "Tiger" after a South Vietnamese soldier that Earl became friends with while serving in Vietnam. Earl himself in his 1998 biography on his son, ironically called, "Tiger and I" named his son "Tiger" because his friend, Nguyen Phong was a like a "tiger" on the battlegrounds and he showed tremendous will and bravery. He stated with utmost respect to his lost friend in his 2000 autobiography, "Just a Father," that he hoped his son Eldrick could show such tenacity as he grew up to be a man. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey on her show, televised on ABC in April of 1997, Earl said that in 1968, they lost contact and never spoke to one another since. Earl hopes that one day Nguyen will see his son' s name either on TV or in a paper and contact him, so they can reunite. Tiger is not completely of African-American descent. Matt Chamblee of golfstars.com stated, "Tiger's whole race is practically the human race." Earl Woods is one-half black, one-quarter American Indian, and one-quarter Chinese. Kultida is one-half Thai, one-quarter Chinese and one-quarter white.B.Tiger's storied golf career began quite early. He putted against Bob Hope on the "Mike Douglas Show" at age 2, shot a 48 for nine holes at age 3, and was featured in Golf Digest at age 5. While attending Western High School in Cypress, Tiger won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993. No one before or since had achieved that more than once, let alone three consecutive years. While a student at Stanford University, Tiger then mastered the amateur world of golf winning...

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