Eldrick Tont Woods (aka Tiger Woods) is a professional golfer whose winning fate started with a win against his father at the early age of 11. The star golfer continues to amaze the world with 18 World Golf Championships and numerous other accolades.
Who doesn’t know Tiger Woods? The famous American is among the greatest golfers of all time.
He is the first golfer of mixed race to win the Masters Tournament, one of the most prestigious events in golf.
Tiger ranks second in men’s major championships and holds several golf records. The 47-year-old was inducted into the Hall of Fame, class of 2022.
In this article, we will dive into every detail of Woods, from career highs to scandalous pasts.
But first, here are some quick facts about Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods | Quick Facts
|Full Name||Eldrick Tont Woods|
|Birth Date||30 December 1975|
|Birth Place||Cypress, California, U.S.|
|Ethnicity||Thai, Chinese, Dutch, African American, Chinese, And Native American|
|Father’s Name||Earl Woods|
|Mother’s Name||Kultida “Tida” Woods|
|Siblings||Two Half-Brothers And One Half-Sister; Earl Jr. Woods, Kevin Woods, And Royce Woods|
|Age||47 Years Old|
|Height||6’1″/1.85 m/185 cm|
|Weight||84 kg/185 lb.|
|Partners||Elin Nordegren (Ex-Wife), Lindsey Vonn (Former Partner), Erica Herman (Current Partner)|
|Children||Two; Sam Alexis Woods (Daughter) And Charlie Axel Woods (Son)|
|Net Worth||$1.1 Billion|
|Social Media||Twitter, Instagram, Website|
|Merch||Books, Jersey, Autographed Items|
|Last Update||December, 2023|
Tiger Woods | Early Life, Family & Education
Tiger was born on 30 December 1975 in Cypress, California, U.S. He is the only child of Earl Woods (father) and Kultida “Tida” Woods (mother).
His father was married and had two sons Earl Jr. Woods and Kevin Woods, and a daughter Royce Woods from his first marriage, making them Tiger’s half-siblings.
Tiger is an American national, but his ethnicity is a mix of Thai, Chinese, Dutch, African American, Chinese and Native American, all of which combined is coined as Cablinasian by Tiger himself.
His nickname came in honor of his father’s friend Col. Vuong Dang Phong, who was also known as Tiger.
Tiger graduated from Western High School in 1994 and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by his classmates.
He attended Stanford University under a golf scholarship and majored in economics. He left college two years later to focus on his professional golf career.
During Tiger’s childhood, he struggled to speak fluently and endured some hardships because of the problem.
Because he knew what it was like to be treated differently by others, he once wrote to a boy who contemplated suicide: “I know what it’s like to be different and sometimes not to fit in.”
He further added,
“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.”
Tiger Woods | Age, Height, & Physical Appearance
As of 2023, Tiger is 47 years old.
He stands at 6 feet and 1 inch (1.85 meters) tall and weighs about 84 kg (185 pounds).
Tiger looks great in his athletic body. Similarly, his black hair and brown eyes complement his smooth skin.
Tiger Woods | Career
Tiger learned golf when he was 2 years old. In 1978, at the age of 3, Tiger played against comedian Bob Hope in a television appearance on The Mike Douglas Show and shot 48 over nine holes at the Navy course.
Held at the Navy Golf Course in Cypress, California, he won the Under Age 10 section of the Drive, Pitch, and Putt competition before he hit 7.
At the age of 8, he won the 9-10 boys’ event at the Junior World Golf Championships and went on to win it a total of six times, with four consecutive wins from 1988 to 1991. Needless to say, he was a child prodigy.
At the age of 13, Tiger played in his first major national junior tournament, the 1989 Big I.
He became the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur champion at the age of 15 and defended his title in 1992 and 1993, becoming the tournament’s first three-time winner.
Moreover, he also competed in his first PGA Tour event, the Nissan Los Angeles Open. In 1994, he became the youngest winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Tiger again won the U.S. Amateur title in 1995 at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.
At the age of 19, he participated in his first PGA Tour major, the 1995 Masters, and tied for 41st as the only amateur to play in the Tour. He won the tournament in 1997 by twelve strokes.
When he was 20, he won three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles, the first golfer to do so, and the NCAA Individual Golf Championship. He also came second at the Open Championship.
Professional Golf Career
Tiger became a professional golfer at the age of 20 in August 1996. He won his first major championship, the Master’s Tournament, in 1997 and was the youngest winner, 21 years old.
He also set the record for the fastest to reach No. 1 in the official World Golf Rankings just two months later.
In 1999, he finished the season with eight wins, including the PGA Championship.
In 2000, on the PGA Tour, Tiger won six consecutive events. In the U.S. Open, he tied with Ben Hogan for the longest winning streak, and won the tournament by a record 15-stroke margin.
At 24, Woods became the youngest golfer to accomplish the Career Grand Slam.
He was the only player who won four consecutive major professional golf titles but not in the same calendar year. This was called “Tiger Slam.
Tiger won six PGA Tour events in 2005. At the end of the 2006 season, he had 54 wins, including 12 majors. He continued to achieve excellence throughout 2007 and 2008.
Tiger underwent knee surgery and returned to golf in 2009. He made a spectacular comeback at the 2009 Presidents Cup but didn’t win any major tournaments.
However, towards the end of 2009, his marital affairs became the focus of the media, after which he took an indefinite break from competitive tournaments.
Yet, he competed in April at the 2010 Masters and tied for fourth place. The rest of the season was a slump for him.
2010 – Present
Again, in the 2011 Masters, he tied for fourth place. In December 2011, he won Chevron World Challenge.
In the 2012 season, he had the lowest final-round score in his PGA Tour career, tying second at the Honda Classic.
He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Memorial Tournament, and AT&T National.
2013 started as a good year for him as he won the Farmers Insurance Open and WGC-Cadillac Championship for the seventh time.
He also won Arnold Palmer Invitational for the 8th time. However, his elbow injury caused him to play poorly at the 2013 U.S. Open.
In 2014, Tiger sustained a back injury, underwent surgery, and struggled after returning to competitive play.
At the beginning of 2015, he sustained another back injury and took a break for the back to heal.
Tiger returned for the Masters, finishing in a tie for 17th. He underwent yet another back surgery on 16 September 2015. He underwent his third back surgery in December 2016.
In April 2017, Tiger underwent his fourth back surgery to relieve back and leg pain.
On 11 March 2018, he tied for second at the Valspar Championship and tied for sixth at the 2018 Open Championship. At the 2018 PGA Championship, he finished second.
He won the Masters Tournament on 14 April 2019, becoming the second oldest golfer to win the Masters at 43.
Tiger was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in May 2019.
He underwent knee surgery to repair minor cartilage damage and had an arthroscopic procedure during the Tour Championship.
Tiger participated in his first 2020 PGA Tour event in October 2019 at the Zozo Championship.
He went through microdiscectomy surgery on his back on December 23, 2020.
The American golfer met a serious car crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He was taken to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. After the investigation, it appeared that Tiger was driving over 80 mph, nearly twice the speed limit. However, no charges were filed.
He returned to the PGA Tour for the first time at the 2022 Masters after his car crash.
Tiger Woods | Awards And Achievements
Tiger Woods has achieved numerous feats to date and during his journey, he has passed notable scores.
Some of the honors and awards that Tiger Woods have achieved to date are highlighted below.
- Presidential Medal of Freedom (2019)
- Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year (2001 and 2000)
- Best Record-Breaking Performance ESPY Award (2002)
- Come-from-behind Performance ESPY Award (2001)
- Showstopper of the Year ESPY Award (1998)
- Best Breakthrough Athlete ESPY Award (1997)
- Best Male Athlete ESPY Award
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
- Best Golfer ESPY Award
Tiger Woods | Injuries
With greater gameplay and work come greater incidents at times. Through the uncertainty, many get an injury that’s hard to heal. Tiger has also faced numerous such injuries.
He got injured in a car crash in February 2021, which deeply affected his right leg. Fortunately, his condition improved and he could return to competitive play.
Right Achilles’ Tendon
In 2008, Tiger Woods tore his right Achilles’ tendon, which was only disclosed in the 2010 Masters.
It has often made Woods crumble during games. However, he has been handling it internally. Also, he has had five back surgeries to date.
Benign Growth on Knees
Tiger has been facing this problem since 1994, which worsened in 2007 when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament. Though he didn’t treat it right away, he did it after his games.
Woods did undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage.
Tiger Woods | Net Worth
Currently, Tiger is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. He has numerous endorsement deals and has been playing golf for a really long time.
He has also amassed many assets, such as a yacht and a private jet.
According to Forbes, his net worth is estimated to be $1.1 billion as of 2023.
His salary is around $50-60 million per year.
Tiger Woods | Personal Life
Tiger married Elin Nordegren, daughter of former Swedish minister of migration Barbro Holmberg, and radio journalist Thomas Nordegren, on 5 October 2004.
They had a daughter in 2007 named Sam Alexis Woods and a son named Charlie Alex Woods in 2009. They got divorced on 23 August 2010.
He has a niece, Cheyenne Woods, a professional golfer who made her pro debut in the LPGA Championship.
Tiger dated Olympic gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn from March 2013 till May 2015. He is currently in a relationship with restaurant manager Erica Herman since November 2017.
Tiger was inducted at The California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts in Sacramento on December 5, 2007.
In May 2019, following his 2019 Masters Tournament win, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump.
Years and years have gone by since his debut on the course, yet he is still working hard as ever. A true athlete, indeed! Let’s dive into his daily routine life in brief.
An early rise is a way to start his day as he welcomes the day at 6:30 sharp.
With a bit of freshening, he begins with an hour-long cardio followed by another hour of stretching and strength training on the legs.
After two hours of workout, Tiger has his low-fat breakfast. Following it is his other training session.
By 1:30, he would be done with his cardio, putting, range, and thus, his time for a break.
Again, with low-fat lunch and break, he returns to his range and short-game areas, which he shifts to the weight area.
Altogether, his day ends by 6, followed by dinner, a short time for himself, and finally into bed.
Tiger had an extramarital affair with New York City nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel in late 2009.
Ultimately, more than a dozen women came forward and claimed to have had affairs with him.
Several companies ended their sponsorship deals, and the shareholders lost between $5 billion and $12 billion because of Tiger’s affairs.
Tiger was arrested near his home on 29 May 2017 for driving under the influence of alcohol or drug.
After he pled guilty, he received a year of probation, a fine of $250, and was ordered to undergo 50 hours of community service along with regular drug tests.
Tiger is the founder and CEO of TGR, a “multi-brand enterprise comprised of his various companies and philanthropic endeavors, including TGR Design, the golf course design company.
The TGR Foundation (a charitable foundation), TGR Liv (an events production company), and The Woods Jupiter (an upscale sports restaurant).
Tiger Woods | Social Media Presence
From his long professional career, he has gained millions of fans worldwide. People who do not follow golf also might have heard about him at least once in their lifetime.
Tiger is available on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. He posts pictures of his foundation, vacations, and family on his social media.
Twitter: 6.6 Million Followers
Facebook: 3.2 Million Followers
Instagram: 3 Million Followers
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Tiger Woods | Popularity Graph
The American golfer has made headlines numerous times for his incredible golfing career, injuries, and affairs. That is why his popularity keeps fluctuating.
The above graph gives brief information about the popularity of Tiger Woods based on Google searches in the United States over a year.
Tiger Woods | Frequently Asked Questions
How much is Tiger Woods worth right now?
Tiger Woods’ net worth is estimated to be $1.1 billion.
Is Tiger Woods a billionaire?
In 2009, Tiger Woods became the first billionaire sportsman.
Is Tiger Woods the greatest golfer ever?
He is regarded as the greatest golfer in modern golf history.
What is Tiger Woods’ stats now?
As of 2023, Tiger Woods has bagged 82 PGA Tour wins, 41 European Tour wins, 3 Japan Golf Tour wins, 2 Asian Tour wins, 3 PGA Tour of Australasia wins, and 17 wins.