Tiger Woods Before He Was Cool

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Tiger Woods hasn't always been the smooth-talking and finely dressed golfer you see on your television each week. Join us as we take a look back at a time before Tiger Woods was cool.
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In 1978, he demonstrated his golf skills in a television appearance on The Mike Douglas Show.
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Woods grew up in Southern California and began playing almost as soon as he could walk.
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His father, Earl, introduced him to the game by age 2.
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Earl Woods, who played baseball at Kansas State, giving Tiger a trim.
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Woods sharing a birthday with his father.
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Tiger Woods and his instructor, Rudy Duran.
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Tiger Woods at the 1995 Masters. He was 19 and on the Stanford golf team, having earned his trip to Augusta National by winning the 1994 U.S. Amateur.
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Woods on the putting green.
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The new Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 video game allowed gamers to play as Tiger at different ages. The scenes from his childhood were inspired in part by these images, which were released by EA Sports.
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Where it all started: Tiger Woods hits his first tee shot in a PGA Tour event at the first hole of Riviera Country Club at the 1992 Los Angeles Open.
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Tiger Woods prepping for a photo shoot.
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Recognize this move? Tiger had already mastered his watching-his-putt-go-in pose as a 16-year-old at the 1992 Los Angeles Open at Riviera Country Club.
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Check out these photos of Tiger Woods at the 1992 and 1993 L.A. Opens, when golf's coolest cat was still an awkward teenager. There's a reason his nickname used to be "Urkel."
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Tiger holds his finish at the 1992 Los Angeles Open. After missing the cut, he wouldn't play another PGA Tour event until the L.A. Open next year.
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Tiger Woods poses in Sports Illustrated.
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Fortunately, Tiger later decided to go with red on Sundays instead of a graphic-print shirt.
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Roger Federer poses with his 2006 U.S. Open trophy after defeating Andy Roddick while Tiger looks on
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Woods at the 1993 Los Angeles Open, his second professional event.
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Tiger hitting an iron shot.
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Tiger Woods holding the trophy after winning the 1994 U.S. Amateur Championship at TPC at Sawgrass, Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra, Fla., August 1994.
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Woods reads a putt at the 1993 L.A. Open with a familiar-looking intensity. He has not played the Los Angeles Open since he pulled out with the flu after 36 holes in 2006.
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Tiger also had his hold-the-putter-with-one-hand move perfected as a teenager, seen here at the 1993 L.A. Open.
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Back in 1993, Tiger Woods needed an ID to get into a golf tournament. (Check out the badge on his belt.)
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Tiger Woods drinking a milkshake.
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Tiger hits a bunker shot at the 1993 L.A. Open. Woods has played the event 11 times and has never won there. It's the most times he has played a tournament without a win.
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Tiger Woods poses in SI.
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Tiger shot 78-74 to miss the cut at the 1993 L.A. Open. Tiger made his first cut in a professional event at age 18 at the 1994 Johnnie Walker Asian Classic in Thailand.
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Woods sticks out his tongue Michael Jordan-style as he watches a wedge shot at the 1993 L.A. Open.