Ever since I was a young boy, I have always gravitated towards the TV to watch basically any sport imaginable - from baseball to basketball to football, hockey, and soccer. But no sport / athlete was appointment television for me like watching Tiger Woods in his prime.
Every time I knew there was a golf tournament on TV and Tiger was playing, I would do everything in my power to escape my parents and family parties to glue myself in front of the nearest TV to see what incredible iron shot or birdie putt was coming next. There weren't many of Tiger's victories in his prime that I wasn't watching, at least on Sundays. And if the tournament was a major, forget about having a normal weekend - I was watching every shot on Saturday and Sunday.
My fandom for Tiger Woods extended beyond following every shot on TV - Tiger Woods PGA Golf quickly became my favorite video game, and when the PGA Championship came to Medinah in Chicago, I convinced my dad to go for the whole week and I followed him around for all 4 rounds, watching every shot (he won the tournament that year). My love of Tiger as an athlete led to my love to golf as a sport, and me becoming a golf caddie as a job in high school / college.
It's not a stretch to say that my admiration for Tiger Woods as an athlete, and golf as a sport, have played a large part in shaping who I am today.