Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods, an American professional golfer, was born on December 30, 1975. He ranks second in men’s major championships, is tied for the lead in PGA Tour victories, and owns a number of golfing records.
One of the most well-known athletes in contemporary history, Woods is recognized as one of the all-time greats of golf. He was honored with a World Golf Hall of Fame induction.
Tiger Woods’s Early Life
In Orange County, California, Woods was raised. He was a kid prodigy who was introduced to golf by his athletic father Earl Woods before the age of two. Earl played amateur golf with a single-digit handicap and was one of Kansas State University’s first African-American college baseball players.
Tiger was able to play at the Navy golf course next to the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos because his father, a member of the military, had access there. Tiger also participated in a few Long Beach municipal tournaments and the par-3 Heartwell golf course.
Tiger Woods’s Personal Life
During The Open Championship in 2001, Woods got to know Elin Nordegren, a former model from Sweden and the daughter of Thomas Nordegren, a radio journalist, and Barbro Holmberg, a former minister of immigration.
She worked as an au pair for Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik. They were living in Isleworth, a neighborhood in Windermere, a neighborhood of Orlando, Florida, when they got engaged in November 2003 and then married on October 5, 2004, both at the Sandy Lane resort in Barbados.
The first child of Woods and Nordegren was a girl they called Sam Alexis Woods who was born in 2007. Given that his own father always referred to him as Sam, Woods selected the name. In 2009, Charlie Axel Woods, their son, was born.
Tiger Woods’s College Golf Career
College golf’s elite was aggressive in their pursuit of Woods. He selected Stanford University, the NCAA winners from 1994. He received a golf scholarship and enrolled at Stanford in the fall of 1994.
That September, he took first place in his first collegiate competition, the 40th William H. Tucker Invitational. He declared economics as his major, earning the moniker “Urkel” from fellow teammate Notah Begay III.
At Newport Country Club in Rhode Island, he successfully defended his U.S. Amateur championship in 1995. and was selected as Stanford’s Male Freshman of the Year, Pac-10 Player of the Year, and NCAA First Team All-American an award that encompasses all sports.
Woods played in his first PGA Tour major, the 1995 Masters, at the age of 19, finishing tied for 41st as the only amateur to make the cut. Two years later, he took home the 12-stroke victory.
He won the NCAA individual golf championship and became the first golfer to win three straight U.S. Amateur titles when he was 20 years old in 1996. He tied the record for an amateur aggregate score of 281, collecting the silver medal as the top amateur at The Open Championship.
He dropped out of college after two years in order to pursue a career in golf. Woods left California in 1996 and claimed in 2013 that it was because of the state’s high tax rate.
Tiger Woods’s Career Achievements
Woods has 82 PGA Tour victories under his belt, including 15 major titles. When he holds at least a share of the lead heading into the final round of a major, he is 14-1. Woods has been hailed as “the best closer in history” by numerous golf experts.
He is the golfer on the PGA Tour with the lowest career scoring average and most lifetime earnings.
In addition, Woods’ victory at the 2013 Players Championship was his 300th PGA Tour victory. In addition, he achieved victories in his 100th (in 2000) and 200th (in 2006) professional starts.
Woods has held the number one spot in the world rankings for the most weeks overall and in a row. He was the youngest player to complete the “Lifetime Grand Slam,” which involves winning all four major titles in a single career.
The other four are Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, and Gary Player. In the 2000–2001 seasons, Woods became the only player to win all four of the professional-only major championships in a row.
Tiger Woods’s Earnings
On Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes, Woods has been included. Golf Digest said that Woods earned $769,440,709 between 1996 and 2007 and forecast that Woods will surpass a billion dollars in profits by that year.
After taking into consideration the $10 million bonus Woods received for winning the FedEx Cup, Forbes reported in 2009 that Woods was in fact the first professional athlete to earn over $1 billion in their career.
He surpassed Oprah Winfrey to become the second-richest person of color in the US in that same year, according to a Forbes estimate of his net worth of $600 million.
Woods was the highest-paid athlete in the world in 2015, coming in ninth overall and first among Asian Americans, and fourth among African Americans.
Woods was regarded as the world’s highest-paid golfer as of 2017. Woods became the first golfer to have a net worth of more than $1 billion in 2022.
Tiger Woods’s Net Worth
American professional golfer Tiger Woods has an estimated net worth of $800 million. Tiger makes $50–60 million annually. For instance, he made $63 million from his many efforts between June 2019 and June 2020.
Tiger has earned more than $1.7 billion in his career since going pro in 1996. His career earnings easily surpass $2 billion after accounting for inflation. He is the highest-paid golfer in history and once held the title of highest-paid personality on earth.
There are too many honors for him to mention them all, but a few standouts are five Masters victories, 81 PGA Tour victories, 81 wins on the PGA Tour, and 15 professional major event victories.
More times than any other player, he has held the top spot for a straight week. He has the all-time lowest scoring average. He has won the PGA Player of the Year award 11 times, the Sportsman of the Year award from Sports Illustrated twice, and the AP Male Athlete award four times.
One of the best golfers of all time, Woods is also one of the most well-known athletes in history. In 2021, he will be admitted to the World Golf Hall of Fame.