GOLF superstar Tiger Woods is Kutilda "Tida" Woods' only child.

The golfer has a close relationship with his mother, who has been spotted at his various competitions cheering him on the sidelines.

Kutilda "Tida" Woods, 77, is the mother of golf legend Tiger Woods.

She hails from Kanchanaburi, Thailand and is one of three siblings.

Her ancestry is a mix of Thai, Chinese and Dutch and was raised Buddhist growing up.

Tida married Earl Woods Sr. in 1969.

She met Earl Woods Sr in 1966 when he was stationed in Thailand with the United States Army.

She moved with him to America in 1968, and the couple married a year later.

The couple lived in Brooklyn, New York and Tida worked at a local bank.

They decided to relocate to California and soon after, she gave birth to Tiger in December 1975 at the age of 31.

Tida widowed after Earl passed away from cancer on May 3, 2006.

Tida is a philanthropist and is involved in projects in Thailand through the Tiger Woods Foundation.

She reportedly lives in Florida and lives a low-key life with her various dogs.

"My son knows what kind of mother I am, so why I need other people's approval? You get a public life, you lose a lot. I want to be me," she told ESPN in 2009.

Tida remains close to Tiger and would attend his tournaments regularly, often being spotted cheering him on alongside his children.

She confessed to ESPN that she is a "loner," saying: "I am a loner, and so is Tiger. We don't waste time with people we don't like. I don't have many close friends. Never have.

Adding: "I am independent and strong-willed. That way, you survive."

Tida received a Mother of the Year Award an Asian-American organization but vowed to stay out of the limelight after that.

She regards herself as a caring mother and told ESPN "Every night, I pray to the Buddha that in the next life Tiger will be my son again."


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