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Tiger Woods

Eldrick Tont " Tiger " Woods [6] (born December 30, 1975) [7] is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.

Following an outstanding junior, college, and amateur career, Woods was 20 years old when he turned professional at the end of the summer in 1996. By April 1997, he had already won three PGA tour events in addition to his first major, the 1997 Masters . Woods won this tournament by 12 strokes in a record-breaking performance and pocketed $486,000. He first reached the number one position in the world rankings in June 1997, less than a year after turning pro. Throughout the 2000s, Woods was the dominant force in golf. He was the top-ranked golfer in the world from August 1999 to September 2004 (264 weeks) and again from June 2005 to October 2010 (281 weeks).

Woods took a hiatus from professional golf from December 2009 to early April 2010 in order to focus on difficult issues in his personal life. He and his estranged wife Elin eventually divorced. His many alleged extramarital indiscretions were revealed by several women, through many worldwide media sources. [8] This was followed by a loss of golf form, and his ranking gradually fell to a low of No. 58 in November 2011. [24] [107] He ended a career-high winless streak of 107 weeks when he triumphed in the Chevron World Challenge in December 2011. [107] After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25, 2013, he ascended to the No.1 ranking once again, holding the top spot until May 2014. Woods had back surgery in April 2014, September 2015, and in 2017[314] [11] and has struggled since to regain his dominant form. By March 29, 2015, Woods had fallen to #104, outside of the top 100 for the first time since 1996. In May 2016, Woods dropped out of the world top 500 for the first time in his professional career. [13] In July 2017, the Official World Golf Ranking placed Woods at number 1,005, the worst of his career and only time he has ever been out of the top 1,000. He had ranked number one for a total of 683 weeks, more than any other player in history. [255]

Woods has broken numerous golf records. He has been World Number One for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any golfer. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record eleven times, [14] the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times, and has the record of leading the money list in ten different seasons. He has won 14 professional major golf championships , where he trails only Jack Nicklaus who leads with 18, and 79 PGA Tour events, second all-time behind Sam Snead , who had 82 wins. [15] Woods leads all active golfers in career major wins and career PGA Tour wins . He is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam , and the youngest and fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour. Additionally, Woods is only the second golfer (after Nicklaus) to have achieved a career Grand Slam three times. Woods has won 18 World Golf Championships , and won at least one of those events in each of the first 11 years after they began in 1999. Woods and Rory McIlroy are the only golfers to win both The Silver Medal and The Gold Medal at The Open Championship.

Background and family

Woods was born in 1975 in Cypress, California , to Earl (1932–2006) and Kultida "Tida" Woods (b. 1944). He is the only child of their marriage; however, he does have two half-brothers, Earl Jr. (b. 1955) and Kevin (b. 1957), and a half-sister, Royce (b. 1958) from the 18-year marriage of Earl Woods and his first wife, Barbara Woods Gray.

Kultida (nee Punsawad) is originally from Thailand , where Earl had met her on a tour of duty in 1968. She is of mixed Thai , Chinese , and Dutch ancestry. [16] Earl was a retired lieutenant colonel and Vietnam War veteran who was mostly African American with traces of European descent. Earl's mother Maude Carter was of light skin. Some people suggested that she had Native American and Chinese ancestry. [4] Tiger refers to his ethnic make-up as " Cablinasian " (a syllabic abbreviation he coined from Caucasian , Black , American Indian , and Asian ). [19]

Woods' first name, Eldrick, was coined by his mother because it began with "E" (for Earl) and ended with "K" (for Kultida). His middle name Tont is a traditional Thai name. He was nicknamed Tiger in honor of his father's friend Col. Vuong Dang Phong, who had also been known as Tiger. [20]

Woods' niece, Cheyenne Woods , played for Wake Forest University 's golf team and turned professional in 2012, when she made her pro debut in the LPGA Championship . [21]

Early life and amateur golf career

Woods grew up in Orange County , California. He was a child prodigy who was introduced to golf before the age of two by his athletic father, Earl Woods. Earl was a single-digit handicap amateur golfer who had been one of the earliest African-American college baseball players at Kansas State University . Tiger's father was a member of the military and had playing privileges at the Navy golf course beside the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos , which allowed Tiger to play there. Tiger also played at the par 3 Heartwell golf course in Long Beach , as well as some of the municipals in Long Beach. [258]

In 1978, Tiger putted against comedian Bob Hope in a television appearance on The Mike Douglas Show . At age three, he shot a 48 over nine holes at the Navy course. At age five, he appeared in Golf Digest and on ABC 's That's Incredible . [259] Before turning seven, Tiger won the Under Age 10 section of the Drive, Pitch, and Putt competition, held at the Navy Golf Course in Cypress, California. In 1984 at the age of eight, he won the 9–10 boys' event, the youngest age group available, at the Junior World Golf Championships . [23] He first broke 80 at age eight. He went on to win the Junior World Championships six times, including four consecutive wins from 1988 to 1991. [24] [25] [26] [27] [28]

Woods' father Earl wrote that Tiger first defeated him at the age of 11 years, with Earl trying his best. Earl lost to Tiger every time from then on. Woods first broke 70 on a regulation golf course at age 12.

When Woods was 13 years old, he played in the 1989 Big I, which was his first major national junior tournament. In the final round, he was paired with pro John Daly , who was then relatively unknown. The event's format placed a professional with each group of juniors who had qualified. Daly birdied three of the last four holes to beat Woods by only one stroke. As a young teenager, Woods first met Jack Nicklaus in Los Angeles at the Bel-Air Country Club , when Nicklaus was performing a clinic for the club's members. Woods was part of the show, and he impressed Nicklaus and the crowd with his skills and potential. Earl Woods had researched in detail the career accomplishments of Nicklaus, and had set his young son the goals of breaking those records.

Woods was 15-years-old and attending Western High School in Anaheim when he became the youngest-ever U.S. Junior Amateur champion (a record that stood until it was broken by Jim Liu in 2010). [29] He was named 1991's Southern California Amateur Player of the Year (for the second consecutive year) and Golf Digest Junior Amateur Player of the Year. In 1992, he defended his title at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, becoming the tournament's first two-time winner. He also competed in his first PGA Tour event, the Nissan Los Angeles Open (he missed the 36-hole cut), and was named Golf Digest Amateur Player of the Year, Golf World Player of the Year, and Golfweek National Amateur of the Year. [30] [32]

The following year, Woods won his third consecutive U.S. Junior Amateur Championship; he remains the event's only three-time winner. [33] In 1994, at the TPC at Sawgrass in Florida, he became the youngest-ever winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship , a record he held until 2008 when it was broken by Danny Lee . He was a member of the American team at the 1994 Eisenhower Trophy World Amateur Golf Team Championships (winning), and the 1995 Walker Cup (losing). [2]

Woods graduated from Western High School at age 18 in 1994 and was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" among the graduating class. He had starred for the high school's golf team under coach Don Crosby. [254]

Woods overcame difficulties with stuttering as a boy. [254] [254] [254] This was not known until he wrote a letter to a boy who contemplated suicide. Woods wrote, "I know what it's like to be different and to sometimes not fit in. I also stuttered as a child and I would talk to my dog and he would sit there and listen until he fell asleep. I also took a class for two years to help me, and I finally learned to stop." [39]

College golf career

Woods was heavily recruited by college golf powers and chose Stanford University , the 1994 NCAA Division I champions. He enrolled at Stanford in the fall of 1994 under a golf scholarship and won his first collegiate event, the 40th Annual William H. Tucker Invitational, that September. [40] He selected a major in economics, and was nicknamed " Urkel " by college teammate Notah Begay III . In 1995, he successfully defended his U.S. Amateur title at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island and was voted Pac-10 Player of the Year, NCAA First Team All-American, and Stanford's Male Freshman of the Year (an award that encompasses all sports). [41] [43]

At age 19 (two years before he won the tournament), Woods participated in his first PGA Tour major, the 1995 Masters , and tied for 41st as the only amateur to make the cut. At age 20 in 1996, he became the first golfer to win three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles and won the NCAA individual golf championship . [44] In winning the silver medal as leading amateur at The Open Championship , he tied the record for an amateur aggregate score of 281. He left college after two years and turned professional. In 1996, Woods moved out of California, stating in 2013 that it was due to the state's tax rate. [45] [47]

Professional career

Woods turned pro in August, 1996 and immediately signed advertising deals with Nike, Inc. and Titleist that ranked as the most lucrative endorsement contracts in golf history at that time. [2] [4] Woods was named Sports Illustrated ' s 1996 Sportsman of the Year and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year . [5] In April 1997, he won his first major , the Masters , in record-breaking fashion and became the tournament's youngest-ever winner at age 21. [10] Two months later, he set the record for the fastest-ever ascent to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings . [11] After a lackluster 1998, Woods finished the 1999 season with eight wins, including the PGA Championship , a feat not achieved since 1974. [13] [14]

In 2000, Woods recorded six consecutive wins, the longest winning streak since Ben Hogan did it in 1948. One of these was the 2000 U.S. Open , where he broke or tied nine tournament records in what Sports Illustrated called "the greatest performance in golf history," in which Woods won the tournament by a record 15-stroke margin and earned a check for $800,000. [15] At age 24, he became the youngest golfer to achieve the Career Grand Slam . [16] At the end of 2000, Woods had won nine of the twenty PGA Tour events he entered and had broken the record for lowest scoring average in tour history. He was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, the only athlete to be honored twice, and was ranked by Golf Digest magazine as the twelfth-best golfer of all time. [17] [29]

Woods' victory in the 2001 Masters made him the first player to hold all four major professional golf titles at the same time, although not in the same calendar year. [61] Following a stellar 2001 and 2002 in which Woods continued to dominate the tour, Woods' career hit a slump. [13] [26] He did not win a major in 2003 or 2004. In September 2004, Vijay Singh overtook Woods in the Official World Golf Rankings, ending Woods' record streak of 264 weeks at #1. [25]

Woods rebounded in 2005, winning six official PGA Tour money events and reclaiming the top spot in July after swapping it back and forth with Singh over the first half of the year. [7]

Woods began dominantly in 2006, winning his first two PGA tournaments but failing to capture his fifth Masters championship in April. [27] Following the death of his father in May, Woods took a nine-week hiatus from the tour and appeared rusty upon his return at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot , where he missed the . However, he quickly returned to form and ended the year by winning six consecutive tour events. At the season's close, with 54 wins and 12 majors wins, Woods had broken the tour records for both total wins and total majors wins over eleven seasons. [33]

Image Woods in 2001

Woods continued to excel in 2007 and the first part of 2008. In April 2008, he underwent knee surgery and missed the next two months on the tour. [50] Woods returned for the 2008 U.S. Open , where he struggled the first day but ultimately claimed a dramatic sudden death victory over Rocco Mediate that followed an 18 hole playoff, after which Mediate said, "This guy does things that are just not normal by any stretch of the imagination," and Kenny Perry added, "He beat everybody on one leg." [55] [56] [57] Two days later, Woods announced that he would miss the remainder of the season due to additional knee surgery, and that his knee was more severely damaged than previously revealed, prompting even greater praise for his U.S. Open performance. Woods called it "my greatest ever championship." [58] [270] In Woods' absence, TV ratings for the remainder of the season suffered a huge decline from 2007. [62]

Woods had a much anticipated return to golf in 2009, when he performed well. His comeback included a spectacular performance at the 2009 Presidents Cup , but he failed to win a major, the first year since 2004 that he had not done so. [63] [76] [77] After his marital infidelities came to light and received massive media coverage at the end of 2009 (see further details below), Woods announced in December that he would be taking an indefinite break from competitive golf. [8] In February 2010, he delivered a televised apology for his behavior. [82] During this period, several companies ended their endorsement deals with Woods. [83]

Woods returned to competition in April at the 2010 Masters , where he finished tied for fourth place. [89] He followed the Masters with poor showings at the Quail Hollow Championship and the Players Championship, where he withdrew in the fourth round, citing injury. [90] Shortly afterward, Hank Haney , Woods' coach since 2003, resigned the position; he was replaced in August by Sean Foley . The rest of the season went badly for Woods, who failed to win a single event for the first time since turning professional, while nevertheless finishing the season ranked No. 2 in the world.

Woods' performance continued to suffer in 2011, taking its toll on his ranking. After falling to No. 7 in March, he rebounded to No. 5 with a strong showing at the 2011 Masters Tournament , where he tied for fourth place. Due to leg injuries incurred at the Masters, he missed several summer stops on the PGA Tour. In July, he fired his longtime caddy Steve Williams (who was shocked by the dismissal), and replaced him on an interim basis with friend Bryon Bell. After returning to tournament play in August, Woods continued to falter, and his ranking gradually fell to a low of #58. [107] He rose to No. 50 in mid-November after a third-place finish at the Emirates Australian Open , and broke his winless streak with a victory at December's Chevron World Challenge . [107]

Woods began his 2012 season with two tournaments (the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am ) where he started off well, but struggled on the final rounds. Following the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship , where he was knocked out in the second round by missing a 5-foot putt, [109] Woods revised his putting technique and tied for second at the Honda Classic , with the lowest final round score in his PGA Tour career. After a short time off due to another leg injury, Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational , his first win on the PGA Tour since the BMW Championship in September 2009. Following several dismal performances, Woods notched his 73rd PGA Tour win at the Memorial Tournament in June, tying Jack Nicklaus in second place for most PGA Tour victories; [87] a month later, Woods surpassed Nicklaus with a win at the AT&T National , to trail only Sam Snead , who accumulated 82 PGA tour wins. [111]

The year 2013 would bring a return of Woods' dominating play. In January, he won the Farmers Insurance Open by four shots for his 75th PGA Tour win. It was the seventh time he had won the event. [89] In March, he won the WGC-Cadillac Championship , also for the seventh time, giving him his 17th WGC title and first since 2009. [4] Two weeks later, he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational , winning the event for a record-tying 8th time. The win moved him back to the top of the world rankings. [4] To commemorate that achievement, Nike was quick to launch an ad with the tagline "winning takes care of everything".

During the 2013 Masters , Woods was up for disqualification over claims that he took an illegal drop on the par-5 15th hole after his third shot had bounced off of the pin and into the water. After further review, Woods was assessed a two-stroke penalty for the drop and was not disqualified. [93] He finished tied for fourth in the event. Woods won The Players Championship in May 2013, his second career win at the event, notching his fourth win of the 2013 season. It was the quickest he had ever gotten to four wins in any season in his professional career.

Woods had a poor showing at the 2013 U.S Open as a result of an elbow injury sustained at The Players Championship . In finishing at 13-over-par, he recorded his worst score ever as a professional and finished 12 strokes behind winner Justin Rose . After a prolonged break because of the injury, during which he missed the Greenbrier Classic and his own AT&T National , he returned at the Open Championship at Muirfield . Despite being in contention all week and beginning the final round only two strokes behind Lee Westwood , he struggled with the speed of the greens and could only manage a 3-over-par 74 that left him tied for 6th place, five strokes behind eventual winner Phil Mickelson . Two weeks later, Woods returned to form at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational , recording his 5th win of the season and 8th win at the event in its 15-year history. His second round 61 matched his record score on the PGA Tour and could easily have been a 59 were it not for some short missed birdie putts on the closing holes. This gave him a seven stroke lead that he held onto for the rest of the tournament. Woods would never contend at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club and would come short of winning a major for the 5th full season, only contending in two of the four majors in 2013.

After a slow start to 2014, Woods injured himself during the final round of the Honda Classic and was unable to finish the tournament. He withdrew after the 13th hole, citing back pain. [94] He subsequently competed in the WGC-Cadillac Championship but was visibly in pain during much of the last round. He was forced to skip the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the end of March 2014, [95] and after undergoing back surgery , he announced on April 1 that he would miss the Masters for the first time since 1994. [96] Woods returned at the Quicken Loans National in June, however he stated that his expectations for the week were low. He would struggle with nearly every aspect of his game and miss the cut. He next played at The Open Championship , contested at Hoylake, where Woods had won eight years prior. Woods fired a brilliant 69 in the first round to put himself in contention, but shot 77 on Friday and would eventually finish 69th. Despite his back pain, he played at the 2014 PGA Championship where he failed to make the cut. On August 25, 2014, Woods and his swing coach Sean Foley parted ways. In the four years under Foley, he won eight times but no majors. He had previously won eight majors with Harmon and six with Haney. Woods said there is currently no timetable to find a replacement swing coach.

On February 5, 2015, Woods withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open after another back injury. [98] Woods stated on his website that it was unrelated to his previous surgery and he would take a break from golf until his back healed. [99] He returned for the Masters , finishing in a tie for 17th. In the final round, Woods injured his wrist after his club hit a tree root. He later stated that a bone popped out of his wrist, but he adjusted it back into place and finished the round. [100] Woods then missed the cut at the 2015 U.S. Open and Open Championship , the first time ever Woods missed the cut at consecutive majors, finishing near the bottom of the leaderboard both times. [101] [102] He finished tied for 18th at the Quicken Loans National on August 2. [103] In late August 2015, Woods played quite well at the Wyndham Championship finishing the tournament at 13-under, only four strokes behind the winner, and tied for 10th place. Woods offered only a brief comment on the speculation that he was still recovering from back surgery , saying it was "just my hip" but offering no specifics.

In late March 2016, Woods announced that he would miss the Masters while recovering from back surgery that took place on September 16, 2015. [11] (He had also missed the 2014 Masters due to a back problem.) "I'm absolutely making progress, and I'm really happy with how far I've come," he explained in a statement. "But I still have no timetable to return to competitive golf." However, he did attend the Masters Champions Dinner on April 5, 2016. For the first time in his career he missed all four majors in one year due to problems with his back. In October 2016, he told Charlie Rose on PBS that he still wanted to break Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major titles. After 15 months out after back surgery in December 2016, Woods made his return to competitive golf in the Hero World Challenge . Woods' back problems continued to hinder him in 2017, as he missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, and pulled out of a European Tour event in Dubai on February 3. On March 31, Woods announced on his website that he would not be playing in the 2017 Masters Tournament despite being cleared to play by his doctors. Woods said that although he was happy with his rehabilitation, he did not feel "tournament ready." [274] [275] On April 20, Woods announced that he had undergone his fourth back surgery since 2014 to alleviate back and leg pain. Recovery time required up to six months, meaning that Woods would spend the rest of the year without playing any professional golf.

Honors

On August 20, 2007, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria announced that Woods would be inducted into the California Hall of Fame . He was inducted December 5, 2007 at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento. [13] [13]

In December 2009, Woods was named "Athlete of the Decade" by the Associated Press. [13] He was named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year [13] a record-tying four times, and is the only person to be named Sports Illustrated ' s Sportsman of the Year more than once.

Since his record-breaking win at the 1997 Masters , golf's increased popularity is commonly attributed to Woods' presence. He is credited by some sources for dramatically increasing prize money in golf, generating interest in new PGA tournament audiences, and for drawing the largest TV ratings in golf history. [5] [13] [13] [13] [13] [13]

Endorsements

During the first decade of his professional career, Woods was the world's most marketable athlete. [117] Shortly after his 21st birthday in 1996, he signed endorsement deals with numerous companies, including General Motors , Titleist , General Mills , American Express , Accenture , and Nike, Inc. In 2000, he signed a 5-year, $105 million contract extension with Nike. It was the largest endorsement package ever signed by an athlete at that time. Woods' endorsement has been credited with playing a significant role in taking the Nike Golf brand from a "start-up" golf company earlier in the previous decade to becoming the leading golf apparel company in the world and a major player in the equipment and golf ball market. [117] [279] Nike Golf is one of the fastest growing brands in the sport, with an estimated $600 million in sales. [57] Woods has been described as the "ultimate endorser" for Nike Golf, [57] frequently seen wearing Nike gear during tournaments, and even in advertisements for other products. Woods receives a percentage from the sales of Nike Golf apparel, footwear, golf equipment, golf balls, [117] and has a building named after him at Nike's headquarters campus in Beaverton , Oregon. [121]

Image Woods competing at the third annual Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am (July 1, 2009)

In 2002, Woods was involved in every aspect of the launch of Buick 's Rendezvous SUV . A company spokesman stated that Buick was happy with the value of Woods' endorsement, pointing out that more than 130,000 Rendezvous vehicles were sold in 2002 and 2003. "That exceeded our forecasts," he was quoted as saying, "It has to be in recognition of Tiger." In February 2004, Buick renewed Woods' endorsement contract for another five years, in a deal reportedly worth $40 million.

Woods collaborated closely with TAG Heuer to develop the world's first professional golf watch, which was released in April 2005. [123] The lightweight, titanium -construction watch, designed to be worn while playing the game, incorporates numerous innovative design features to accommodate golf play. It is capable of absorbing up to 5,000 Gs of shock, far in excess of the forces generated by a normal golf swing. [123] In 2006, the TAG Heuer Professional Golf Watch won the prestigious iF product design award in the Leisure/Lifestyle category. [280]

Woods also endorsed the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series of video games; he has done so since 1999. [255] In 2006, he signed a six-year contract with Electronic Arts , the series' publisher. [255]

In February 2007, Woods, Roger Federer and Thierry Henry became ambassadors for the " Gillette Champions" marketing campaign. Gillette did not disclose financial terms, though an expert estimated the deal could total between $10 million and $20 million. [255]

In October 2007, Gatorade announced that Woods would have his own brand of sports drink starting in March 2008. "Gatorade Tiger" was his first U.S. deal with a beverage company and his first licensing agreement. Although no figures were officially disclosed, Golfweek magazine reported that it was for five years and could pay him as much as $100 million. [255] The company decided in early fall 2009 to discontinue the drink due to weak sales. [14]

In July 2011, Woods appeared on a 15-second Japanese television commercial, endorsing a heat backrub by Kowa Co., the Vantelin Kowa rub. Details of the deal, which was made in late 2010, were not disclosed. [14]

In October 2012, it was announced that Woods had signed an exclusive endorsement deal with Fuse Science, Inc, a sports nutrition firm. [14]

In 1997, Woods and golfer Arnold Palmer initiated a case against Bruce Matthews (the owner of Gotta Have It Golf, Inc.) and others in the effort to stop the unauthorized sale of their images and alleged signatures in the memorabilia market. Matthews and associated parties counterclaimed that Woods and his company, ETW Corporation, committed several acts including breach of contract, breach of implied duty of good faith, and violations of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. [14] Palmer was also named in the counter-suit, accused of violating the same licensing agreement in conjunction with his company Arnold Palmer Enterprises.

On March 12, 2014, a Florida jury ruled in favor of Gotta Have It on its breach of contract and other related claims, rejected ETW's counterclaims, and awarded Gotta Have It $668,346 in damages. [14] [14] The award may end up exceeding $1 million once interest has been factored in, though the ruling may be appealed.

In August 2016, Woods announced that he would be seeking a new golf equipment partner [14] after the news of Nike's exit from the equipment industry. [14] It was announced on January 25, 2017, that he would be signing a new club deal with TaylorMade . [14] He added the 2016 M2 driver along with the 2017 M1 fairway woods, with irons to be custom made at a later date. He also added his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS, a club he used to win 13 of his 14 majors. [14] Also, in late 2016, he would add Monster Energy as his primary bag sponsor, replacing MusclePharm. [15]

Accumulated wealth

According to Golf Digest , Woods made $769,440,709 from 1996 to 2007, [15] and the magazine predicted that by 2010, Woods would pass one billion dollars in earnings. [15] In 2009, Forbes confirmed that Woods was indeed the world's first athlete to earn over a billion dollars (before taxes) in his career, after accounting for the $10 million bonus Woods received for the FedEx Cup title. [15] [15] The same year, Forbes estimated his net worth to be $600 million, making him the second richest person of color in the United States, behind only Oprah Winfrey . [15] In 2015, Woods ranked ninth in Forbes' list of world's highest-paid athletes , being the top among Asian Americans or the fourth among African Americans. [15]

Tiger-proofing

Early in Woods' career, a small number of golf experts expressed concern about his impact on the competitiveness of the game and the public appeal of professional golf. Sportswriter Bill Lyon of Knight-Ridder asked in a column, "Isn't Tiger Woods actually bad for golf?" (though Lyon ultimately concluded that he was not). At first, some pundits feared that Woods would drive the spirit of competition out of the game of golf by making existing courses obsolete and relegating opponents to simply competing for second place each week.

A related effect was measured by economist Jennifer Brown of the University of California who found that other golfers played worse when competing against Woods than when he was not in the tournament. The scores of highly skilled (exempt) golfers are nearly one stroke higher when playing against Woods. This effect was larger when he was on winning streaks and disappeared during his well-publicized slump in 2003–04. Brown explains the results by noting that competitors of similar skill can hope to win by increasing their level of effort, but that, when facing a "superstar" competitor, extra exertion does not significantly raise one's level of winning while increasing risk of injury or exhaustion, leading to reduced effort. [15]

Many courses in the PGA Tour rotation (including major championship sites like Augusta National ) have added yardage to their tees in an effort to reduce the advantage of long hitters like Woods, a strategy that became known as "Tiger-Proofing". Woods said he welcomed the change, in that adding yardage to courses did not affect his ability to win. [141]

Career achievements

Woods has won 79 official PGA Tour events, including 14 majors . He was 14–1 when going into the final round of a major with at least a share of the lead. He has been heralded as "the greatest closer in history" by multiple golf experts. [142] [143] [144] He owns the lowest career scoring average and the most career earnings of any player in PGA Tour history.

Woods' victory at the 2013 Players Championship also marked a win in his 300th PGA Tour start. [145] He also won golf tournaments in his 100th (in 2000) and 200th (in 2006) tour starts. [146] [147]

Woods has spent the most consecutive and cumulative weeks atop the world rankings. He is one of five players (along with Gene Sarazen , Ben Hogan , Gary Player , and Jack Nicklaus ) to have won all four professional major championships in his career, known as the Career Grand Slam, and was the youngest to do so. Woods is the only player to have won all four professional major championships in a row, accomplishing the feat in the 2000–2001 seasons.

Major championships

Wins (14)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up 1997 Masters Tournament 09 9 shot lead -18 ?18 (70-66-65-69=270) 12 12 strokes Tom Kite 1999 PGA Championship 00 Tied for lead -11 ?11 (70-67-68-72=277) 01 1 stroke Image Woods checking his drive in 2007 Sergio Garcia 2000 U.S. Open 10 10 shot lead -12 ?12 (65-69-71-67=272) 15 15 strokes Ernie Els , Image Woods preparing for a photo shoot in 2006 Miguel Angel Jimenez 2000 The Open Championship 06 6 shot lead -19 ?19 (67-66-67-69=269) 08 8 strokes Thomas Bjorn , Ernie Els 2000 PGA Championship (2) 01 1 shot lead -18 ?18 (66-67-70-67=270) 00 Playoff 1 Bob May 2001 Masters Tournament (2) 01 1 shot lead -16 ?16 (70-66-68-68=272) 02 2 strokes David Duval 2002 Masters Tournament (3) 00 Tied for lead -12 ?12 (70-69-66-71=276) 03 3 strokes Retief Goosen 2002 U.S. Open (2) 04 4 shot lead -03 ?3 (67-68-70-72=277) 03 3 strokes Phil Mickelson 2005 Masters Tournament (4) 03 3 shot lead -12 ?12 (74-66-65-71=276) 00 Playoff 2 Chris DiMarco 2005 The Open Championship (2) 02 2 shot lead -14 ?14 (66-67-71-70=274) 05 5 strokes Colin Montgomerie 2006 The Open Championship (3) 01 1 shot lead -18 ?18 (67-65-71-67=270) 02 2 strokes Chris DiMarco 2006 PGA Championship (3) 00 Tied for lead -18 ?18 (69-68-65-68=270) 05 5 strokes Shaun Micheel 2007 PGA Championship (4) 03 3 shot lead -08 ?8 (71-63-69-69=272) 02 2 strokes Woody Austin 2008 U.S. Open (3) 01 1 shot lead -01 ?1 (72-68-70-73=283) 00 Playoff 3 Rocco Mediate

1 Defeated May in three-hole playoff by 1 stroke: Woods (3-4-5=12), May (4-4-5=13)
2 Defeated DiMarco in a sudden-death playoff: Woods (3) and DiMarco (4).
3 Defeated Mediate with a par on 1st sudden death hole after 18-hole playoff was tied at even par

Results timeline

  • Win

  • Top 10

  • Did not play

  • LA = Low amateur
  • CUT = missed the half-way cut
  • WD = withdrew
  • "T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary

  • Most consecutive cuts made – 39 (1996 U.S. Open – 2006 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 8 (1999 U.S. Open – 2001 Masters)

World Golf Championships

Wins (18)

  • 1 Won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff
  • 2 Won on the seventh hole of a sudden-death playoff
  • 3 Won on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff
  • 4 Won on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff

Results timeline

  • 1 Canceled following the September 11 attacks .
  • DNP = did not play
  • QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
  • WD = withdrew
  • NT = No tournament
  • "T" = tied
  • Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
  • Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

PGA Tour career summary

Season Starts Cuts
made Wins (majors) 2nd 3rd Top
10 Top
25 Earnings
( $ ) Money
list rank 1992 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 1993 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 1994 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 – – 1995 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 – – 1996 11 10 2 0 2 5 8 790,594 24 1997 21 20 4 (1) 1 1 9 14 2,066,833 1 1998 20 19 1 2 2 13 17 1,841,117 4 1999 21 21 8 (1) 1 2 16 18 6,616,585 1 2000 20 20 9 (3) 4 1 17 20 9,188,321 1 2001 19 19 5 (1) 0 1 9 18 5,687,777 1 2002 18 18 5 (2) 2 2 13 16 6,912,625 1 2003 18 18 5 2 0 12 16 6,673,413 2 2004 19 19 1 3 3 14 18 5,365,472 4 2005 21 19 6 (2) 4 2 13 17 10,628,024 1 2006 15 14 8 (2) 1 1 11 13 9,941,563 1 2007 16 16 7 (1) 3 0 12 15 10,867,052 1 2008 6 6 4 (1) 1 0 6 6 5,775,000 2 2009 17 16 6 3 0 14 16 10,508,163 1 2010 12 11 0 0 0 2 7 1,294,765 68 2011 9 7 0 0 0 2 3 660,238 128 2012 19 17 3 1 2 9 13 6,133,158 2 2013 16 16 5 1 0 8 10 8,553,439 1 2014 7 5 0 0 0 0 1 108,275 201 2015 11 6 0 0 0 1 3 448,598 162 2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a 2017 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a Career* 328 300 79 (14) 29 19 186 249 110,061,012 1 [59]

*As of the 2017 season.

Playing style

When Woods first joined the PGA Tour in 1996, his long drives had a large impact on the world of golf. [151] [152] However, when he did not upgrade his equipment in the following years (insisting upon the use of True Temper Dynamic Gold steel-shafted clubs and smaller steel clubheads that promoted accuracy over distance), [153] many opponents caught up to him. Phil Mickelson even made a joke in 2003 about Woods using "inferior equipment", which did not sit well with Nike , Titleist or Woods. [154] [155] During 2004, Woods finally upgraded his driver technology to a larger clubhead and graphite shaft, which, coupled with his clubhead speed, made him one of the Tour's lengthiest players off the tee once again.

Despite his power advantage, Woods has always focused on developing an excellent all-around game. Although in recent years he has typically been near the bottom of the Tour rankings in driving accuracy, his iron play is generally accurate, his recovery and bunker play is very strong, and his putting (especially under pressure) is possibly his greatest asset. He is largely responsible for a shift to higher standards of athleticism amongst professional golfers, and is known for utilizing more hours of practice than most. [157] [159] [160]

From mid-1993 (while he was still an amateur) until 2004, Woods worked almost exclusively with leading swing coach Butch Harmon . From mid-1997, Harmon and Woods fashioned a major redevelopment of Woods' full swing, achieving greater consistency, better distance control, and better kinesiology . The changes began to pay off in 1999. From March 2004 to 2010, Woods was coached by Hank Haney , who worked on flattening his swing plane. Woods continued to win tournaments with Haney, but his driving accuracy dropped significantly. Haney resigned in May 2010 and was replaced by Sean Foley . [10]

Fluff Cowan served as Woods' caddie from the start of his professional career until Tiger fired him in March 1999. He was replaced by Steve Williams , who became a close friend of Woods and is often credited with helping him with key shots and putts. [163] In June 2011, Woods fired Williams and replaced him with friend Bryon Bell on an interim basis. Joe LaCava, a former caddie of both Fred Couples and Dustin Johnson , was hired by Woods shortly after [4] and has remained Woods' caddie since then, but he has seen very limited work.

Equipment

As of 2017 Omega Dubai Desert Classic:

  • Driver: TaylorMade M2 (9.5-degree; Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 70TX)
  • Fairway woods : TaylorMade M1 15 & 19 Degree (Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 90TX)
  • Irons : Nike VR Pro (3-PW) (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100) All irons are 1-degree upright, have D4 swingweight, standard size Tour Velvet grips and True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts. He announced he is working with TaylorMade to build custom irons [4]
  • Wedges : Nike VR Forged (56 and 60-degree; True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts)
  • Putter : Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS with Ping Blackout PP58 Grip
  • Ball : Bridgestone B330S (with "Tiger" imprint)
  • Golf glove : Nike Dri-FIT Tour glove
  • Golf shoes : Nike TW '17 [4]
  • Driver club cover: Frank , a plush tiger head club cover created by his mother. Frank has appeared in several commercials. [168] [4]
  • Wood covers: Stitch Brand with TGR Logo .
  • Putter cover: Nike Putter Cover . [4]

Other ventures

Tiger Woods Foundation

The Tiger Woods Foundation was established in 1996 by Woods and his father Earl, with the primary goal of promoting golf among inner-city children. [4] [4] The foundation has conducted junior golf clinics across the country, and sponsors the Tiger Woods Foundation National Junior Golf Team in the Junior World Golf Championships. [169] [4] As of December 2010, TWF employed approximately 55 people. [171]

The foundation operates the Tiger Woods Learning Center , a $50 million, 35,000-square-foot (3,250 m?) facility in Anaheim, California , providing college-access programs for underserved youth. [169] [171] [173] The TWLC opened in 2006 and features seven classrooms, extensive multi-media facilities and an outdoor golf teaching area. [169] The center has since expanded to four additional campuses: two in Washington, D.C. ; one in Philadelphia ; and one in Stuart, Florida . [173]

The foundation benefits from the annual Chevron World Challenge and AT&T National golf tournaments hosted by Woods. [171] In October 2011, the foundation hosted the first Tiger Woods Invitational at Pebble Beach. [174] Other annual fundraisers have included the concert events Block Party, last held in 2009 in Anaheim, and Tiger Jam, last held in 2011 in Las Vegas after a one-year hiatus. [171] [175] [176] [177]

Tiger Woods Design

In November 2006, Woods announced his intention to begin designing golf courses around the world through a new company, Tiger Woods Design . [178] A month later, he announced that the company's first course would be in Dubai as part of a 25.3 million-square-foot development, The Tiger Woods Dubai . The Al Ruwaya Golf Course was initially expected to finish construction in 2009. As of February 2010, only seven holes had been completed; in April 2011, The New York Times reported that the project had been shelved permanently. In 2013, the partnership between Tiger Woods Design and Dubai Holding was dissolved. [20]

Tiger Woods Design has taken on two other courses, neither of which has materialized. In August 2007, Woods announced The Cliffs at High Carolina, a private course in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina . [20] After a groundbreaking in November 2008, the project suffered cash flow problems and suspended construction. A third course, in Punta Brava , Mexico , was announced in October 2008, but incurred delays due to issues with permits and an environmental impact study . [20] Construction on the Punta Brava course has not yet begun.

The problems encountered by these projects have been credited to factors including overly optimistic estimates of their value; declines throughout the global economy, particularly the U.S. crash in home prices ; and decreased appeal of Woods following his 2009 infidelity scandal.

Writings

Woods wrote a golf instruction column for Golf Digest magazine from 1997 to February 2011. [20] In 2001 he wrote a best-selling golf instruction book, How I Play Golf , which had the largest print run of any golf book for its first edition, 1.5 million copies. [20] In March 2017, he published a memoir, The 1997 Masters: My Story , co-authored by Lorne Rubenstein , which focuses on his first Masters win. [20]

Personal life

Marriage and children

In November 2003, Woods became engaged to Elin Nordegren , a Swedish former model and daughter of former minister of migration Barbro Holmberg and radio journalist Thomas Nordegren . [20] They were introduced during The Open Championship in 2001 by Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik , who had employed her as an au pair . They married on October 5, 2004, at the Sandy Lane resort in Barbados , and lived at Isleworth , a community in Windermere , a suburb of Orlando, Florida . [20] In 2006, they purchased a $39-million estate in Jupiter Island, Florida , and began constructing a 10,000-square-foot home; Woods moved there in 2010 following the couple's divorce. [6] [21]

Woods' and Nordegren's first child, a daughter named Sam Alexis Woods, was born in 2007. Woods chose the name because his own father had always called him Sam. [21] Their son, Charlie Axel Woods, was born in 2009. [21]

Infidelity scandal and fallout

In November 2009, the National Enquirer published a story claiming that Woods had an extramarital affair with New York City nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel , who denied the claim. [21] Two days later, around 2:30 a.m. on November 27, Woods left home in his Cadillac Escalade SUV and, while still on his street, collided with a fire hydrant, a tree, and several hedges. He was treated for minor facial lacerations and received a ticket for careless driving. [21] Following intense media speculation about the cause of the accident, Woods released a statement on his website and took sole responsibility for the accident, calling it a "private matter" and crediting his wife for helping him from the car. [21] [21] On November 30, Woods announced that he would not be appearing at his own charity golf tournament, the Chevron World Challenge , nor any other tournaments in 2009, due to his injuries. [198]

On December 2, following Us Weekly ' s prior day reporting of a purported mistress and subsequent release of a voicemail message allegedly left by Woods for the woman, [199] Woods released a further statement; there, he admitted "transgressions" and apologized to "all of those who have supported [him] over the years", while reiterating his and his family's right to privacy. [200] Over the next few days, more than a dozen women claimed in various media outlets to have had affairs with Woods. [8] On December 11, he released a third statement admitting to infidelity and apologizing again, as well as announcing that he would be taking "an indefinite break from professional golf." [8]

In the days and months following Woods' admission of multiple infidelities, several companies re-evaluated their relationships with him. Accenture , AT&T , Gatorade and General Motors completely ended their sponsorship deals, while Gillette suspended advertising featuring Woods. [83] [201] [202] TAG Heuer dropped Woods from advertising in December 2009 and officially ended their deal when his contract expired in August 2011. [83] [203] Golf Digest suspended Woods' monthly column beginning with the February 2010 issue. In contrast, Nike continued to support Woods, as did Electronic Arts , which was working with Woods on the game Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online . [204] A December 2009 study estimated the shareholder loss caused by Woods' affairs to be between $5 billion and $12 billion. [205]

On February 19, 2010, Woods gave a televised statement in which he said he had been in a 45-day therapy program since the end of December. He again apologized for his actions. "I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to," he said. "I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have to go far to find them. I was wrong. I was foolish." He said he did not know yet when he would be returning to golf. [82] [206] He announced a few weeks later on March 16 that he would be returning at the 2010 Masters Tournament on April 8. [207]

Woods and his wife Elin divorced on August 23, 2010. [258]

2017 arrest

On May 29, 2017, Woods was arrested near Jupiter, Florida by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office at about 3:00 am EDT for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was asleep in his car, which, although running, was stopped in a traffic lane. He later stated that he was taking drugs prescribed to him and did not realize how they might interact together. [258] [258] [258] On July 3, 2017, Woods tweeted that he had completed an out of state intensive program to tackle an unspecified issue. [258] On August 9, 2017, Woods, who skipped his arraignment, [258] entered a not guilty plea through his attorney Douglas Duncan and agreed to take part in a first time DUI offender program and hold another arraignment on October 25. [258] At a hearing on October 27, Woods pled guilty to reckless driving. He received a year of probation, was fined $250, and ordered to undergo 50 hours of community service along with regular drug tests, and was not allowed to drink alcohol during his time of probation. [311] If he violated his probation, he would have been sentenced to 90 days in jail with an additional $500 fine. [311]

Other pursuits

From childhood, Woods was raised as a Buddhist , and he actively practiced this faith from childhood until well into his adult professional golf career. [258] In a 2000 article, Woods was quoted as saying he "believes in Buddhism... Not every aspect, but most of it." [258] He has attributed his deviations and infidelity to his losing track of Buddhism. He said, "Buddhism teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught." [213]

Woods is registered to vote as an independent . [214] In January 2009, Woods delivered a speech commemorating the military at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial . [215] [216] In April 2009, Woods visited the White House while in the Washington, D.C., area promoting the golf tournament he hosts, the AT&T National . [217] In December 2016 and again in November 2017, Woods played golf with President Donald Trump at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach . [313]

Woods underwent laser eye surgery in 1999. Before this surgery, Woods' eyesight was minus 11. He considered the surgery a big help in his career and a good alternative to the glasses and contact lenses. [218] He immediately started winning tour events after the surgery. He received money from TLC Laser Eye Centers to endorse them. [219] In 2007, he had a second laser eye surgery when his vision began to deteriorate again. [220]

On March 18, 2013, Woods announced that he and Olympic gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn were dating. They split up in May 2015. [222]

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Mini Bio (1)

At age 21, Tiger Woods became the youngest Masters champ and the first golfer since Jerry Pate in 1976 to win in the first major he played. In 1997, Woods took the lead at the Augusta golf classic and then put on a golf clinic never seen before. He fired a 3-under-par 69 and broke the tournament 72-hole record with an unbelievable 18-under 270. The 12-stroke margin of victory was the largest in Masters history. Woods was chosen as the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year and ESPY Male Athlete of the Year in 1997. He was also one of the most accomplished amateur golfers in history, winning six USGA national championships, an NCAA title during his two years at Stanford University, and an unprecedented three consecutive U.S. Amateur Championships. He finished first on the PGA Tour five times in 1999. More importantly, Woods opened wide a door of society in becoming the first African American, as well as the first Asian American, to win a major. Woods was granted dual citizenship by the Thai government (his mother, Kultida, is of half Thai and one quarter Chinese, descent) in 1997 prior to playing in the Asian Honda Classic. Woods has captured the hearts and imaginations of even non-golf fans around the world. Affable and good looking, he became an international star and a prime endorser of golfing equipment and apparel. Born Eldrick Woods on December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California, his distinctive nickname "Tiger" came from his father Earl's Green Beret army past. "Tiger" had been the moniker of a South Vietnamese officer who saved Earl's life on several occasions. As a child, Woods was one of junior golf's most accomplished players. He putted against Bob Hope on The Mike Douglas Show (1961) at the improbable age of 2, shot 48 for nine holes at age 3, and was featured in "Golf Digest" at age 5. Woods won several major youth titles in southern California. He won three straight U.S. Amateur titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996 after winning three consecutive U.S. Junior Amateur titles in 1991, 1992 and 1993. He turned professional in the summer of 1996, and the game of golf hasn't been the same since. Sense of humor intact, Woods once observed, "Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Vicki McClure Davidson

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During the final round (which is usually on Sundays) he almost always wears a red Nike t-shirt and a black Nike baseball cap

Trivia (55)

Attended Stanford University but left before graduating in order to pursue his golfing career.

Nicknamed Tiger after a Vietnamese soldier and friend of his father, Vuong Dang Phong, to whom his father had also given that nickname.

His father, Earl Woods, was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. His mother, Kultida Woods, is a native of Thailand. Tiger's father was born in Manhattan, Kansas, to African-American parents, Miles Woods and Maude Carter. Tiger's maternal grandfather was Thai, while Tiger's maternal grandmother had a Dutch father and a Chinese mother.

Named Golf Digest Player of the Year (1991 and 1992), Golf World Player of the Year (1992 and 1993), Golfweek National Amateur of the Year (1992), Golf World Man of the Year (1994), and Fred Haskins and Jack Nicklaus College Player of the Year awards (1996.)

Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1996 and 2000, making him the first athlete to win the award twice.

6/15/97: Became the youngest #1 golfer ever at the age of 21 years and 24 weeks in his 42nd week as a professional.

Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2006.

An only child, although Earl had children from a previous marriage.

Tiger Woods Foundation promotes parental responsibility and involvement in the lives of children.

1999: Underwent laser eye surgery and now endorses TLC Laser Eye Centers.

His nickname on the Stanford golf team was Urkel.

His mother made the Tiger club cover in his bag with the words "Love from Mom" in Thai stitched on it.

Wears a red shirt on the final day of every tournament because his mother feels that it is a "power color" for him.

Has won at least one World Golf Championships event every year since 1999 (54% winning rate).

2000: Signed a five-year, $100-million endorsement contract with Nike. As of 5/03 it remains the largest endorsement deal ever signed by an athlete.

Has his own line of golf watches.

Won the American Express Championship six times between 1999 and 2007.

Enjoys working out, boating, water sports, fishing and car racing.

October 2004: Married long-time girlfriend, Swedish model Elin Nordegren.

The popular Nike TV commercial with him doing the "ball trick" was basically his creation. It was a routine Tiger would do at times when he was hitting balls or practicing just to goof off. Nike took the idea and turned it into an advertisement. No special effects or computer work was used, Tiger did the trick completely on his own, all in one take.

Next-door neighbor in Florida of Mark O'Mera, another professional golfer and a fellow Masters champion like Woods. Tiger and Mark have a close friendship. Woods also has a close friendship with golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, a man who has dubbed Woods "the greatest golfer of all time.".

Woods graduated from Western High School (Anaheim, Ca) in 1994 at age 18, and was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" among the graduating class.

7/17/05: "Tiger Tames Augusta National" (becoming the first black winner of the Masters golf tournament on 13 April 1997) was ranked #2 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Most Awesome Sports Moments (of the last 15 years)".

2006: Was #5 on the annual Forbes magazine Celebrity 100 list.

July 2006: At the age of 30, he won his third British Open, his 11th Major Championship. The win moved him to second place on the all-time major championship list (tied with Walter Hagen) and seven behind Jack Nicklaus, who has the record at 18.
Tiger and his wife, Elin Nordegren, are expecting their first child in the summer of 2007.

Has two half-brothers, Earl Jr. and Kevin, and a half-sister, Royce.

January 2006: Purchased a $39-million property in Jupiter, FL, which became his primary residence.

6/18/07: Tiger and Elin Nordegren became the parents of a girl, Sam Alexis Woods, in Orlando, FL.

In 2006, he donated $9,500,000 to the Tiger Woods Learning Center, Earl D.Woods Sr. Scholarship Fund, and other Tiger Woods Foundation programs.

In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his 2006 earnings to be $100 million, largely the result of a lucrative advertising deal with Nike, Buick, and other brands.

In 2004, it was reported that he was worth an estimated $295 million.

Ranked #2 in the 2008 Forbes The Celebrity 100 list.

Announced that he and his wife, Elin Nordegren, are expecting their second child in late winter [September 2, 2008].

Son, Charlie Axel, born February 8, 2009.

High school boyfriend of Dina Parr. He broke up with her during his sophomore year at Stanford.

California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Golf Champion 1991, 1993, 1994. He had starred for the high school's golf team under coach Don Crosby.

After Woods's infidelity scandal in 2009, Accenture, Gatorade, AT&T, and General Motors dropped him, while Gillette suspended advertisements featuring Woods. TAG Heuer ended their deal with Woods when his contract expired in August 2011. Hank Haney (who had taught Trip Kuehne, whom Woods beat the 1994 U.S. Amateur) quit as Woods's swing coach in 2010. A December 2009 study estimated that the shareholder loss caused by Woods's affairs to be between $5 billion and $12 billion.
(October 5) Amid armed security guards, married fiancee Elin Nordegren in a sunset ceremony at the Barbados resort Sandy Lane before approximately 200 family and friends. [2004]

Won his 11th Major Championship and third British Open. [July 2006]

Returns to golf at The Masters after a hiatus from the sport lasting nearly five months [April 2010]

Paid $750 million to Elin Nordegren as part of their divorce settlement.
One stipulation in his divorce settlement with Elin Nordegren was that she couldn't talk to the press about their divorce.

Had back surgery.[September 2015].

Arrested for a DUI in Florida.[May 2017].

His 5 year contract with Gatorade was worth $100 million.

Registered as an independent.

$39 million home is 10,000 square feet, has a four hole golf course, a 100 floor lap pool,a diving pool, a 100 foot running track, a dock, for his 155 foot yacht, wine cellar, media room, a boat house, golf training studio, garage and a guest house.

[6 May 2019] Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President Donald Trump.

Personal Quotes (9)

I think the best thing is being able to play golf competitively for a living. Ever since I was a little boy, that's something I've always wanted to do, and now I get a chance to live out my dreams.

I've done it before. It won't be the last time. You're going to go years where you just don't win. That's okay, as long as you keep trying to improve.

I am pretty health-conscious, so when my girlfriend and/or I make dinner--no, I don't have a cook!--we choose the healthier options: lean meats, steamed veggies, fish, etc. Of course, there are always those cravings for the "bad foods" that I do give in to once in a while!

My body is a little bit sore from all of the practicing and playing and training, and your mind gets a little tired of it, too. It's nice to be able to recharge and come back fresh for the remainder of the year.

We have a lot of fun every year, and I really enjoy being part of junior golf and the development of these players.

I don't want to be the best black golfer, I want to be the best golfer, period.

[on his infidelity scandal]I was wrong. I was foolish. I don't get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me. I brought this shame on myself. I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends, my foundation, and kids all around the world who admired me.

[his one and only regret in life] It's a burden in the sense that the amount of obligations that I have at a tournament," he told the veteran talk show host. "The anonymity that was lost that, you know, one ... you know, if you look back, the only regret I have in life is not spending another year at Stanford, and I wish I would've had one more year.

The only thing I have is my short game and my heart.



Tiger Woods biography | birthday, trivia | American Golfer

The winner of 15 major championships, Tiger Woods was golf’s dominant superstar when a sex scandal and then injuries derailed his career starting for nearly a decade — before he came roaring back to win the Masters in 2019.

Tiger Woods had been a golfer and a celebrity for decades: his father Earl allegedly introduced Tiger to golf at age 9 months, and at age 2 the youngster made a now-famous appearance putting with Bob Hope on The Mike Douglas Show. Woods won three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles (1994-96), and in 1996 turned pro with a $40 million contract from Nike and a fame usually reserved for movie stars.

Woods made good on the hype, winning 46 PGA tournaments in his first ten seasons on the tour. He won the 1997 Masters in his first attempt as a pro and later won the PGA Championship (1999), the British Open (2000) and the U.S. Open (2000) to become one of the few golfers to win all four major tournaments during their careers.

In 2001 Woods won the Masters again, becoming the first golfer in the modern era to hold all four major tournament titles at once (2000 U.S Open, British Open and PGA Championship, and 2001 Masters). In 1999-2000 Woods won six consecutive tournaments, making him the first man to do so since Ben Hogan in 1948.

Tiger Woods wed Elin Nordegren on October 5, 2004 in Barbados; a Swede, she had been a nanny to the children of golfer Jesper Parnevik. Although 2005 and 2006 were tough on Woods — his father died on May 3, 2006 — he won the British Open in 2005 and 2006, and the PGA Championship in both 2006 and 2007.

But in 2009 things took a major turn when The National Enquirer alleged that Woods was having an affair with an event planner named Rachel Uchitel. Uchitel told The New York Post that she and Woods had “never had an affair,” but the story gained traction after Woods had an early-morning car crash outside his home on November 27, 2009, with gossip sites reporting that it followed an argument with his wife. Soon other women, including Jaimee Grubbs, came forward to claim they had slept with Woods before and during his marriage.

On December 11th of 2009, Woods released a statement admitting “infidelity” and he then took a break from golf, reportedly attending a rehabilitation clinic. He returned to playing golf in the spring of 2010. Woods and Nordegren announced their divorce in August of 2010. After a period in rehab for sex addiction, Woods returned to the pro golf tour, but a series of back injuries kept him hobbled for years.

After major back fusion surgery in 2017, Woods returned to the Tour in 2018 and won the tournament known as the Tour Championship on September 23, 2018. It was his first win in five years. In April of 2019 he again won the Masters, notching his 15th major victory and the first since the U.S. Open in 2008.

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