Tiger Woods is not only a great golfer but a famous athlete of all time. He is a brand himself. A considerable number of records and achievements pronounce him as a great player.
You may know a lot of things about Woods, but you may not keep everything in your mind. This article will give you a summary of Tiger Woods, which will help a real fan to remember everything.
Forty-four years old Tiger Woods is an American professional golfer who holds several records. He was born in Cypress, California, in 1975 and grew up in Orange County. His father, Earl Woods, was an athlete too. Earl was a baseball player, as well as an amateur golfer. Tiger Woods was introduced to the sports by his father before age two.
Woods had an outstanding and steady performance on all the phases of his career from junior to professional. The following are the summary of some remarkable highlights in all levels of career.
In Junior World Golf Championship, Woods won 9-10 boys’ events when he was only eight years old. He won the Junior World Championships six times, which also includes four consecutive wins. Tiger Woods won his first major national junior tournament in 1989 at the age of 13.
Woods became the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur champion at the age of 15 while he was studying at Western High School. In 1991, he was featured in several newspapers. In the same year, Woods was named Golf Digest Junior Amateur Player of the Year, which he is 1992 too. He was pronounced Southern California Amateur Player of the Year as well as.
Later, Woods became Golf World Player of the Year, Golf Digest Amateur Player of the Year and Golfweek National Amateur of the Year. At the age of 19, Tiger Woods became the youngest US Amateur Champion.
Because of his junior and amateur achievements, all the top colleges wanted to admit him. But he chose Stanford University and got golf scholarship in the fall semester of 1994. Next year he won his second US Amateur title and won his third title in 1995. Tiger Woods was the first golfer in history to win three consecutive Amateur titles.
Besides those, Woods won NCAA individual golf championship in 1995. He left the college in 1996 to start his professional journey.
Woods has a long professional journey, which is still counting. A million-page book can be written on his professional career. Tiger Woods became a professional golfer at the age of 20.
In the next year, Tiger won his first Major, the Masters at the age of 21. In the same year, Woods set a world record after obtaining the No. 1 position in Official World Golf Rankings in two months after winning the Masters title.
In 1999 season, Woods bagged eight wins, including a PGA Championship. In the next year, he set a record for the longest winning streak by winning six consecutive events on the PGA Tour.
2003 and 2004 was a dull year for Tiger Woods as he did not win any major. After that, he was back in the game in 2005 and reappeared in the top position and lead in 2006 too, which was continued in 2007.
After 2007 to till now, Tiger Woods faced a lot of ups and downs in his career due to several reasons. His career was not smooth like before. In the last 5-6 years, he won very few titles, and he made a comeback in 2019 by winning the masters.
Playing Style of Tiger Woods
Woods always loved to play with old equipment. He did not upgrade the kit until 2004. He always tries to develop his skills and play an all-around game. Among all the golf players, he invests more hours in practice than others.
From 1993- 2004 Butch Harmon was Woods’s leading swing coach. Together they developed Tiger’s full swing, distance control, consistency, and better kinesiology. Those kinds of stuff changed Woods’s playing style and gave an edge.
Achievements of Tiger Woods
The list for Tiger Woods’s accomplishments is long. The following are the top achievements those none one can deny.
- In 2007 Tiger Woods was inducted to the California Hall of Fame by then California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- He was announced ‘Athlete of the Decade’ by Associate Press in 2009. He also earned Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year award four times. Besides those, he was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year two times.
- Got Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019 by President Donald Trump.
- Got the Tiger Slam name after winning four consecutive major championships in 2001
- He stayed at number one position in Official World Golf Rankings for 264 weeks.
Career Records (Up to January 2020)
- Total PGA Tour wins- 82
- Number of European Tour wins- 42
- Japan Golf Tour wins- 3
- Asian Tour wins- 1
- PGA Tour of Australasia wins- 1
- Other professional wins- 16
- Total Amateur wins- 21
- Major wins – 15
- World Golf Championships wins – 18
Woods followed Buddhism in his childhood. As an adult, he also believes in Buddhism, but he admitted that he lost the Buddhist track.
Tiger Woods engaged to Elin Nordegren, former Swedish model in 2003. The couple got married in 2004. They purchased land in Jupiter Island, Florida, in 2006, which costs $39 million. They constructed ten thousand square foot home.
Their first child, a baby girl, was born in 2007. The next child came to the world in 2009. Due to the extramarital affairs of Woods, Nordegren divorced him. We have covered those in the following part.
Scandals and Controversies
Tiger Woods has become a part of many scandals and controversies throughout his career. Many women claimed to have extramarital affairs with woods, which created hamper in his career. This scandal also broke many sponsorship and advertisement deals.
Woods got massive media coverage in 2009. After that, he publically apologizes several times to his fans about the matter. At last, Woods and Elin divorced in 2010 after being married for seven years.
In 2017, Woods was arrested near his home in Florida and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. Later he pleaded guilty to reckless driving and received one year of probation.
Tiger Woods went through many injuries and surgeries. The first problem he faced in his eyesight in 1999 and went through laser eye surgery. After that, he had to do another surgery in 2007.
Then, in April 2008, he had to do knee surgery, which cost him missing two months on the PGA Tour. He missed 2014 masters because of back surgery in March 2014. He fell in the back injury again in 2015 and withdrew himself from Farmers Insurance Open. Woods Did the back surgery yet in September 2015. It took more than six months to recover from that surgery. As a result, he missed the 2016 Masters.
Tiger Woods Net Worth
All the golf fans, as well as Woods fans, have a common question in their mind, which is, how much is Tiger Woods worth right now? As it is increasing with time goes, we have collected some recent data.
He has earned $63 million from August 2018- July 2019, which includes $54 million of endorsement deals. Winning 2019 Masters, which was the first major in more than a decade, accelerate his earnings.
According to Forbes, Woods has earned more than $1.4 billion since 1994, the day he started the pro career. The estimated personal net worth of Woods is $800 million.
When Tiger Woods plays next?
Woods will remain busy throughout the year, starting from January till August. Below is the list of the remarkable tournaments.
- The Masters 2020: April 9-12
- PGA Championship: May 14-17
- US Open: June 18-21
- The Open: July 16-19
Moreover, he will play in Players Championship, The memorial, BMW Championship, and more.
Tiger Woods Ventures
Woods is not only a great player; he is a great businessman too. He also runs a charity organization. He runs four ventures in total.
- TGR Foundation, a Tiger Woods charity to help deprived students. They have been helping students for more than 20 years.
- TGR Live produces charity events. Besides, they also provide a premium experience for the viewers on PGR event and golf outings.
- TGR Design, a golf course design firm by Tiger Woods and his team. They design innovative playable courses around the world.
- The Woods, also known as The Woods Jupiter, is a flagship restaurant and premium sports bar. It is built as the best quality place to enjoy with friends and family.
All things mentioned above made Tiger Woods a living legend. He is just 44 right now, and he is still doing well. However, the great comeback after ten years in 2019 grew hope to the fans. That come back made him the captain in Presidents cup 2019, which he managed with his best effort.
Every Tiger Woods fans should know about his life story, ups, and downs. We have covered every single detail in this short article. Skimming through the writing will help a fan to remember everything at once.