Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods is an American professional golfer. He is tied for first in PGA Tour wins, ranks second in men's major championships, and holds numerous golf records. Woods is widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time and one of the most famous athletes of all time.
Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods was born on December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California to Earl and Tida Woods. He is their only child. He has two half-brothers, Earl Jr. and Kevin and a half-sister, Royce, from his father's first marriage. Tiger's mother is originally from Thailand. Tiger has called his ethnicity as Cablinasian — as in Caucasian, Black, American Indian, and Asian. He was nicknamed Tiger in honor of his father's friend Colonel Vuong Dang Phong, who had also been known as Tiger. Woods grew up in Orange County, California. Woods was introduced to golf before he turned two years old by his father Earl Woods. Earl was a single-digit handicap amateur golfer. He was also one of the first African-American college baseball players at Kansas State University.
Amateur and College Career
In 1978, during a television appearance on "The Mike Douglas Show," Tiger putted against comedian Bob Hope. At age three, he shot a 48 over nine holes. At age five, he appeared in "Golf Digest" and on ABC's "That's Incredible!" Tiger won the Under Age 10 section of the Drive, Pitch, and Putt competition, held at the Navy Golf Course in Cypress, California when he was six-years-old. When he was eight, he won the 9–10 boys' event, the youngest age group available, at the Junior World Golf Championships. He first broke 80 that same year. Tiger won the Junior World Championships six times, including four consecutive years from 1988 to 1991.
Woods' first defeated his father when he was 11, and Earl was trying his best to win that game. Earl lost to Tiger every time from then on. Woods was a 15-year-old student at Western High School in Anaheim when he became the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur champion, a record that stood until 2010. He was named Southern California Amateur Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991. He was the 1991 "Golf Digest" Junior Amateur Player of the Year. In 1992, Woods became the first two-time winner of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship when he successfully defended his title. That same year, he played in the Nissan Los Angeles Open, his first PGA Tour event. He was named the 1992 "Golf Digest" Amateur Player of the Year, the Golf World Player of the Year, and the "Golfweek" National Amateur of the Year.
The following year, Woods won his third consecutive U.S. Junior Amateur Championship; he remains the event's only three-time winner. In 1994, he became the youngest winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship, a record he held until 2008. He was a member of the winning American team at the 1994 Eisenhower Trophy World Amateur Golf Team Championships. Woods graduated from high school in 1994 and was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" among the graduating class.
Woods was heavily recruited by the biggest college golf powers. He chose to attend school at Stanford University, the then reigning 1994 NCAA champions. He enrolled at Stanford in the fall of 1994 and won his first collegiate event, the 40th Annual William H. Tucker Invitational, that September. 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).
At age 19, Woods participated in his first PGA Tour major, the 1995 Masters, and tied for 41st as the only amateur to make the cut; two years later, he would win the tournament by 12 strokes. 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. He left college after two years in order to turn professional in golf.
Woods turned pro in August 1996 at age 20 and immediately signed advertising deals with Nike and Titleist that ranked as the most lucrative endorsement contracts in golf history at that time. Woods was named "Sports Illustrated's" 1996 Sportsman of the Year and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. On April 13, 1997, he won his first major, the Masters, which he won by 12 strokes in a record-breaking performance and became the tournament's youngest winner at age 21. Two months later, he set the record for the fastest ascent to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings. After a lackluster 1998, Woods finished the 1999 season with eight wins, including the PGA Championship.
Woods was the dominant force in golf from 2000 to 2010. 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). During this time, he won 13 of golf's major championships.
The next decade of Woods' career was marked by comebacks from personal problems and injuries. Woods fell to number 58 in the world rankings in November 2011 before ascending again to the No.1 ranking between March 2013 and May 2014. However, injuries led him to undergo four back surgeries between 2014 and 2017. Woods competed in only one tournament between August 2015 and January 2018, and he dropped off the list of the world's top 1,000 golfers. On his return to regular competition, Woods made steady progress to the top of the game, winning his first tournament in five years at the Tour Championship in September 2018 and his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters.
Woods has held several golf records. He has been the number one player in the world for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any golfer in history. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record 11 times and has won the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times. Woods has the record of leading the money list in ten different seasons. He has won 15 professional major golf championships and 82 PGA Tour events. 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 second golfer (after Jack Nicklaus) to have achieved a career Grand Slam three times. Woods has won 18 World Golf Championships. He was also part of the American winning team for the 1999 Ryder Cup. In May 2019, Woods was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the fourth golfer to receive the honor.
Woods met Elin Nordegren, a Swedish former model, and daughter of former minister of migration Barbro Holmberg and radio journalist Thomas Nordegren, during The Open Championship in 2001. Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik employed her as an au pair. They got engaged in November 2003 and 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. Woods and Nordegren's first child was a girl born in 2007, whom they named Sam Alexis Woods. Woods chose the name because his own father had always called him Sam. Their son, Charlie Axel Woods, was born in 2009.
He took a self-imposed hiatus from professional golf from December 2009 to early April 2010 in an attempt to resolve marital issues with his then-wife, Elin. Woods admitted to multiple infidelities, and the couple divorced on August 23, 2010.
On March 18, 2013, Woods announced that he and Olympic gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn were dating. They split up in May 2015. From November 2016 to August 2017, Woods was in a relationship with stylist Kristin Smith. Woods announced in November 2017 that he was in a relationship with restaurant manager Erica Herman, following speculation about their relationship that began the month prior.
On May 29, 2017, Woods was arrested near his Jupiter Island, Florida, home by the Jupiter Police Department at about 3:00 am. EDT for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was asleep in his car, which was stationary in a traffic lane with its engine running. He later stated that he had taken prescription drugs and did not realize how they might interact together. On July 3, 2017, Woods tweeted that he had completed an out-of-state intensive program to tackle an unspecified issue. At his August 9, 2017 arraignment, Woods had his attorney Douglas Duncan submit a not guilty plea for him and agreed to take part in a first-time DUI offender program and attend another arraignment on October 25. At a hearing on October 27, 2017, Woods pleaded 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. He was not allowed to drink alcohol during the probation, and if he violated the probation he would be sentenced to 90 days in jail with an additional $500 fine.
Tiger Woods is an American professional golfer who has a net worth of $800 million. Every year Tiger earns $50-60 million.