When your father is one of the greatest golf players ever, there is this subtle pressure to follow in his footsteps and possibly perform better than him. Luckily for Sam Alexis Woods, she does not have to deal with such pressure, thanks to her parents’ efforts to build a normal life for her. Daughter of 15-time major championships winner Tiger Woods, and his ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, Sam Alexis has largely lived her life out of the spotlight save for the occasional appearance at her father’s golf tournaments. She also regularly features on her father’s social media handles. She is undoubtedly the apple of her father’s eyes, and such love has given her the courage to pursue her own path in life.
Sam Alexis Woods is The First Child of Legendary Golfer Tiger Woods, and His Ex-Wife, Elin Nordegren
Sam Alexis Woods was born on 18th June 2007 in Florida. Her nationality is American, while her ethnicity is a mixture of Caucasian, Black, Native American, and Asian heritage, thanks to her parents. Her mother, Elin Nordegren, is primarily Caucasian and is a native of Sweden. She grew up in her motherland, where she modeled and did other jobs to finance her studies. She later relocated to the U.S. in 2000 to work as a nanny for a Swedish golfer and his wife. From her nannying gig, Elin Nordegren married and started a family, which paused her career aspirations for a while. However, she clung to her dreams of becoming a child psychologist and obtained a psychology degree from Rollins College, Florida, in 2014.
On the other hand, Sam Alexis Woods’ father needs no introduction as he is one of the most famous athletes in world history. The senior Woods has Asia, black, Caucasian, and Native American heritage. He started playing golf from the age of two and went on to dominate the junior, college, and amateur circuit. He turned pro at the age of 20 in 1996, and within a year, accumulated three PGA tour titles, his first masters, and the World No. 1 ranking.
Such an excellent performance would define Tiger Woods’s career for the next decade, and he added several titles and accolades to his name. He also scored juicy endorsement deals with some of the biggest brands in the world. Personal issues and injuries hampered Tiger Woods’ career for much of the 2010s, but he achieved the ultimate comeback by winning a 15th major, The Masters, in 2019.
Her Parents Were Married for Six Years before their Publicized Divorce in 2009
Golf played a significant role in bringing Sam Alexis’ parents together. As earlier stated, Elin Nordegren worked as a nanny for a pro golfer who happened to be buddies with Tiger Woods. She ran into Tiger occasionally, and he took a fancy to her. He asked her boss to introduce them and later asked her out. At first, Nordegren was hesitant about dating a celebrity but later said yes. They commenced a romance in 2000 and by 2003 tied the knot in a lavish ceremony. The couple settled down to marital life in Florida, and four years after they wed, they welcomed their first child, Sam Alexis.
Sam Alexis was born while her father was away at a golf tournament, but it was never in doubt how much he loved her. For instance, he named her Sam as a nod to his beloved father, Earl. During his lifetime, Earl never referred to his famous son by his famous moniker – Tiger or even his real name – Eldrick. He insisted on calling him Sam because he looked like a Sam, and so, Woods decided to name his daughter, Sam, as a tribute to a man he loved so much. Sam Alexis spent the first two years of her life in the warmth and unwavering love of her parents, and the family’s joy increased when her mom gave birth to her brother, Charlie, in 2009.
Sadly, that 2009 turned out to be the year that their warm family setup was shattered. Her dad found himself embroiled in allegations of multiple infidelities, which her mother could not just stomach. The former model filed for divorce, and it was finalized the following year. Elin Nordegren walked away with a $100 million divorce settlement while joint legal and physical custody of the kids was split between her and her ex-husband. As at the time of the divorce, Sam Alexis was three.
Sam Alexis Splits Her Time between Her Parent’s and has Accompanied her Dad to Several Ceremonies
Sam Alexis is 14 years old now and has come a long way from the dark days of her parent’s divorce. This is due to the wonderful co-parenting relationship between her parents. Elin and Tiger have been able to get over the hurt of the latter’s infidelities and now have an open and honest relationship with each other. They are good pals and best friends, which means that their children are all the better for it. Sam Alexis happily splits her time between her dad’s home and her mom’s home. Her mom also makes sure that she is available to attend any of dad’s big events.
For instance, when Tiger received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019, Sam Alexis was there. She and her brother were also on hand to witness their dad’s remarkable victory at the 2019 Masters. Also, in 2020, when her dad and brother partook in the 2020 PNC championships, Sam was there with her mom and her father’s girlfriend, Erica Herman, to cheer them on. Sam Alexis’ parents may be divorced, but it hardly seems like it as both of her parents maintain an active presence in her life. It is truly an ideal parenting situation, and this has helped Sam Alexis thrive in her personal life.
She Doesn’t play Golf but is Passionate about Soccer
Thanks to her dad, Sam Alexis has had a close brush with golf right from an early age. She watched from the sidelines as her father coasted to victory at the 2008 U.S. Open. She has since joined him on the course on several other occasions and even caddied for him. Despite all this, Sam Alexis doesn’t fancy golf but is rather passionate about soccer. She has played for various school teams and little leagues.
She has also attended professional soccer matches and even met some of the stars of the United States National Women’s Team. Despite this ‘disloyalty,’ Tiger remains proud of his daughter and has stated that it is so much fun to see how happy and passionate she is about soccer. According to him, he gets a big kick out of seeing her compete and play. Even though she chooses a different path from Golf, he is okay with that so long as she has a good time with whatever she chooses.
Her brother, Charlie, is Following in Their Dad’s Footsteps and Has Competed in Several Junior Tournaments in Florida
Sam Alexis Woods has two siblings, namely a younger brother, Charlie, born in February 2009, and a younger half-brother, Arthur Nordegren Cameron, born in October 2019 to mom, Elin, and her partner, Jordan Cameron. Charlie is presently about 12 years old and is following their father’s footsteps into Golf. Even though he also played soccer at some point, like his sister, he has firmly set his sights on Golf. Charlie has competed in several tournaments in the South Florida Junior Golf Circuit and has won some. He and his dad also got to play together at the 2020 PNC Championship, which features star players and a relative competing together, which they won as well.
Charlie bears an uncanny resemblance to his dad. His speed, expertise, and golf knowledge have also been touted in several quarters, and this has generated talk of him going on to do great exploits just like his dad one day. His father is not buying into the conversation and believes that the important thing is for the young boy to enjoy his game and feel no pressure to live up to his lofty reputation on the golf course. The famous golfer is content to support his son’s career and has appeared at several junior tournaments to cheer him on.