The former couple first met in the early 2000s, and just a few years later, Woods and Nordgren met They tied the knot in an amazing party. In 2007, the duo celebrated the arrival of their first child, their daughter Sam Alexis. The family grew again in 2009 with the addition of their son Charlie Axel.
By the time their children were young, Woods found himself Involved in scandalAfter reports emerged that the golfer had several relationships during his marriage. Wood and Nordegren They are divorced In 2010, but despite any drama between the parents, the couple acted on the best interests of Sam and Charlie. While Woods admitted it was a lot It’s hard to do things aloneHe said that seeing his children grow up is the greatest reward.
He said in 2011, “I just love being with them and seeing what they’re doing, and what they can do — have fun, just shifts in interest. It’s just fun. We have a great time together.”
While things may have gotten easier as Sam and Charlie got older, Woods still sees his kids as highlight his lifeencouraging him to keep moving forward even through some of the biggest obstacles he faces.
Here’s everything you need to know about the children of Tiger Woods and Elaine Nordegren.
Sam Alexis Woods, 15
Woods and Nordegren’s eldest child, Sam Alexis WoodsShe was born on June 18, 2007 in Orlando, Florida. the couple choose a name In a special sense, as Woods’ father always called the golf star by the nickname Sam when he was growing up.
“We wanted to have a name that would be meaningful to either side of the family, my side or Ellen’s side, because she was born [the day after] Father’s Day. It just happened to fit. My dad has always called me Sam since the day I was born. The tiger rarely called me. I would ask him, “Why don’t you call me Tiger?” Well, you look like Sam,” said the golfer.
Woods instilled a love of sports in his daughter from the start, and shared it with him Put a golf club in Sam’s hand When she was only a few weeks old – though she “just couldn’t keep it up.” At just six months old, “Sam” attended the first many From her father’s golf competitions. Throughout her childhood, she was seen rooting out from the crowd on numerous occasions and even served as his tray at one point. While it looks like Sam might be now More in football than golfWoods said that having his kids at his golf events meant the world to him.
“We all know what happened in 1997 in regards to my father’s health, and it was uttered — well, he died at some point earlier that year; he came back, and then I came here and won my master’s. Now I’ve done a full course and have a chance to be My kids are out and being able to share that with them, it’s special,” Woods said golf channel.
After Woods and Nordegren split up, the athlete later revealed that he is In advance about the situation with his young children. While he didn’t tell them exactly what happened, he said he admitted to them that he made mistakes.
“I took the lead with the kids, and told them up front, ‘Guys, why we’re not in the same house, why don’t we live under the same roof, Mom and Dad, because Dad made some mistakes,'” Woods said. time magazine in 2015.
After the divorce, the couple arranged to share custody of their two children, who split their time between their parents. Sam continued to support Woods from the sidelines, despite a series of setbacks and injuries that halted Woods’ career. The golfer explained that he had reached the point where his children had arrived I don’t want him to train And he says, “Dad, don’t try and play, don’t try and exercise, because you’ll feel more pain.” Fortunately, Woods’ career turned for the better in 2018 and he says it was the first time his kids really saw him in his prime.
“They felt this rush and the noise in the show, the people talking and the excitement. They’ve never seen or experienced it or felt it. I think they’re able to remember this day and that moment, and especially the process. Now they’re starting to see the joy I get from that, and I think they They are really starting to enjoy it because [that] like that,” Woods explained.
In 2021, Woods open up about his daughterShe said she taught him “how to be more patient.” Despite already being a teenager, he added that she is still his “little girl”.
Only a year later, Sam She got a chance to honor her father in his face Entry into the World Golf Hall of Fame. While giving his introduction speech, Sam celebrated the obstacles Woods overcame, including the devastating car accident he had suffered just months earlier.
“We didn’t know if you were going home with two feet or not. Now, you’re not just about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but you’re here on your feet. That’s why you deserve this. You’re a fighter, you’ve defied the odds every time,” he said. Toxic.
Charlie Axel Woods, 13
In 2008, Woods and Nordegren announced that they were expecting their second child, and on February 8, 2009, the couple They welcomed their sonCharlie Axel Woods. Woods explained that while they have a few names to choose from, Charlie is “a perfect fit.” Meanwhile, the little boy’s middle name praised To Nordegren’s brother.
Charlie showed an interest in athletics from a young age, with Woods saying that at just two years old, the only thing the little boy wanted to do was play sports. The golfer joked that all Charlie needed was “a stick and a ball” and he was happy.
While Charlie was interested in all kinds of sports as a child, he eventually started following in his father’s footsteps on the green. With the help of his father, he started his golf career, not only from the sidelines but also Training alongside professionals. Although Woods says Charlie “normal” He admits that he never wanted to pressure him to play for fear of making him “hate the game”. That’s why try to make the experience fun and host Putting competitions in the backyard and take A slightly more relaxed approach To practice more than he experienced as a child.
When he was eleven, Charlie was already on the golf course, Winning competitions against other young athletes. Woods, who served as his box During one tournament, he said being with him was “an absolute blast”.
“I feel emotional about it. Some of my best memories are with my father,” he said.
In 2020, they competed in their first tournament together, playing in the PNC Championship in Orlando – with fans noticing the father-son duo Incredibly similar behaviors. After the event, Woods expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be with his son.
“I don’t think words can describe it. Just the fact that we were able to have this experience together, Charlie and I,” Reporters. “They are memories for a lifetime.”
Over the next year, Charlie spent time coaching under his famous father and competing in tournaments. But when a severe car crash forced Woods out of the green early in 2021, he said he was watching Charlie keep playing. spur him in the process of his rehabilitation. By the end of that year, the duo Participate in the PNC . Championship Once again, which is the first time Woods has played professionally since the accident.