Meet Canh Oxelson, the world's first Tiger Woods impersonator. Oxelson, a 29-year-old Harvard grad student and 20 handicapper, was at Pebble Beach in 1997 watching the real Tiger when someone pointed out the resemblance. "A light bulb went off in my head," says the 6'2" Oxelson, whose mother was Vietnamese and father was African-American. He's made as much as $3,000 a day working corporate functions, weddings and golf outings. He's even stood in for Woods during commercial shoots for American Express—the only time he's met his double. "Up close you can tell us apart," says Oxelson, "but people want to believe they're meeting a celebrity."
Oxelson, who'll receive a master's degree in education next month, says he's not out for a quick buck. "I get e-mails saying I need to get a life," he says. "I did this to pay for graduate school. I want to do serious work in education. I've got a life."