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In sports, fans and media alike are often looking for the next big thing.
Well, this weekend, golf could witness the next great of the game.
Robin Tiger Williams, who is still just 16-years-old, will make his professional debut at the British Masters on Thursday. That’s the same tournament that launched Rory McIlroy’s career.
How Tiger got his name
Tiger Williams says he got his name when Tiger Woods won the 2001 Masters.
The achievement meant Woods held all of golf’s major tournaments (the US Masters, the US Open, the Open, and the PGA Championship), at the same time – the first golfer ever to do so.
“I was born the year Woods completed the Tiger Slam,” Tiger Williams told The Telegraph. The first time my dad put a club in my hand when I was 18 months, I was bitten by the golfing bug.”
Bitten by the “golfing bug”
He is now the top-ranked junior golfer in Europe and was the youngest-ever winner of the Future Champions Golf World Championship.
This week, the British teenager – who is originally from South Africa – finds himself competing alongside three former world number ones in Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, and McIlroy.
Williams wears Nike gear and even created his own logo with the words “Robin Tiger,” but said he can’t hit as far as his hero.
He told The Sun: “I don’t hit the ball miles like him – I average about 280 yards off the tee, although that should improve as I grow older. I also tend to rely on my short game a lot and hopefully it will be good this week.”
Here’s Williams in action in a “Trans World Sport” feature: