On This Date in Sports February 27, 1992: Tiger's Debut

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At the Nissan Los Angeles Open, a 16-year-old Tiger Woods makes his first appearance on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods won the U.S. Junior Amatuer Champion.  Tiger Woods was a golf prodigy from an early age, appearing on television shows with his golf clubs before he even attended kindergarten. Tiger Woods would miss the cut by six strokes, shooting a six-over-par 147 and missing the cut by six strokes at the Riviera Country Club. 

Eldrick "Tiger" Woods was born on December 30, 1975, in Cyprus, California. The son of a retired Army officer, Tiger, joined his father on the golf course at an early age and showed an amazing ability to handle his clubs when he was three-years-old as he putted against Bob Hope on the Michael Douglas Show. He later appeared on "That's Incredible". By the time Tiger Woods was eight, he was shooting under 80. Four years later, he broke 70. 

By the time Tiger Woods reached high school, he was showing signs of his future greatness. He was the first to win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship three times. The first of these titles earned Tiger Woods an invite to the 1992 Nissan Los Angeles Open at the Riviera Country Club. While Tiger Woods did not make the cut, he had a good showing with rounds of 72 and 75 on the par-71 course. Woods would finish with a 147 after 36 holes, missing the cut by six strokes. 

Fred Couples would go on to win the tournament, beating Davis Love III in a playoff after a 15-under-par 269. While Tiger Woods has never won the Los Angeles Open, he went on to one of the greatest careers in PGA history, with 15 major championships with 82 wins on the PGA Tour.