Tiger’s 40 Biggest Moments: No. 29 – Becoming a Father for the First Time

December 2, 2015

Over 40 days, GOLF.com is rolling out Tiger Woods’ 40 biggest moments. Our ranking started on Nov. 21 and will culminate on Dec. 30, which is Tiger’s 40th birthday. That’s 40 Tiger moments. In 40 days. Ranked. Click here to learn more about our list.

Tiger’s 40 Biggest Moments: No. 29 – Becoming a Father for the First Time


Tiger Woods didn’t have much time to stew over his second-place finish to Angel Cabrera at the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont.

That’s because then-wife Elin Nordegren gave birth to daughter Sam Alexis, Woods’s first child, on Monday morning, less than 24 hours later.

“Both Elin and Sam are doing well and resting peacefully,” Woods wrote on his website, breaking the news. “We want to thank our doctors and the hospital staff for all their dedicated and hard work. This is truly a special time in our lives and we look forward to introducing Sam to our family and friends over the next few weeks. We thank everyone for their well wishes and continued respect of our privacy.”

Serious golf fans noted that history had, sort of, repeated itself: Phil Mickelson also had become a father for the first time the day after he finished second at the U.S. Open — that one at Pinehurst in 1999.

Woods, now a single father of two, has split custody of his kids and says he spends most of his time playing soccer with Sam and (son) Charlie. In October, he tweeted that he’d taken Sam and her soccer team to watch the U.S. Women’s National Team play Brazil in Orlando. Sam’s smile revealed a mouthful of braces as she got her picture taken with Carli Lloyd, a Nike athlete, just like her dad.

Check back on GOLF.com every day until Tiger’s birthday on Dec. 30 for a new moment in our [email protected] countdown.

No. 30: Ugly Breakup With Steve Williams

No. 31: First U.S. Amateur Win at TPC Sawgrass

No. 32: Wire-to-Wire British Open Win at St. Andrews in 2005

No. 33: Relationship With Lindsey Vonn

No. 34: Third Straight U.S. Junior Am Title

No. 35: A Shot in the Dark at Firestone

No. 36: Television Debut at Age 2

No. 37: Breakup with Hank Haney After Six Years

No. 38: Disastrous 2004 Ryder Cup Pairing with Phil Mickelson

No. 39: Beats Stephen Ames 9&8 in 2006 Cadillac Match Play

No. 40: Wins 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational with Dramatic Putt