Tiger Woods was born on 1975 30th December in Cypress city of California. At an early age of 21, he set a record by winning the prestigious U.S Masters at Augusta. By doing so in 1997, Tiger Woods became the first American African to win this title. Woods took a break from golf in 2009, before making a comeback in 2010. However, the golfer was unable to be at the very top of his game because of problems in personal life. Tiger Woods was lauded by Forbes as the highest paid professional athlete from 2001 to 2012. Recently, Tiger Woods won the AT&T National. With this feat, he broke Jack Nicklaus’ long-time record to become the second leading golf player for PGA wins.
Golf Genius at an Early Age
Tiger Woods’ real name is Eldrick Tont Woods. He was the only child to a Thai mother and an African-American father. His father was a big inspiration in his life. Earl, Woods’ father, acted as his mentor and teacher. Woods was extremely skilled and proficient in golf at age 8. In fact, he even signed up with some TV shows like Good Morning America to show off his skills.
Tiger Woods was a student at Stanford University. In 1996, he turned professional. But, he had already won various amateur U.S.A golf titles by then. In 1997, Woods rose high to fame with his win at U.S Masters at Augusta. At an unripe age of 21, winning the title with a world record score of 270 was unbelievable.
Later in the same year, Woods appeared for the first time at the prestigious British Open, and tied course record with a score of 64. There was no looking back from here. Within years, Tiger Woods won 3 U.S.A Open wins, 4 US PGA titles, 3 U.S.A Masters win and 3 Championship wins.
In 2003, the Western Open and Buick Invitational were two of Woods’ five wins. However, Tiger Woods was able to win only alone official PGA Tour championship next year. Woods’ personal life was smooth during this period. Woods married Elin Nordegren in October 2004. In 2005, Woods dominated the sport by winning six championships. For the 7th time, he was nominated as the PGA Player of Year.
Tiger was very close to his dad and was frequently spotted sharing smile and laughs while out together. In 2006, Woods was struck with immense grief, when his father died because of prostate cancer. However, Woods still continued playing golf and captured several tournaments, including the British Open and PGA Championship.
In 2007, Tiger Woods went through an excellent phase in life, professionally and personally. Woods first kid, Sam Alexis Woods, was born June 18th, 2007. Tiger chose the name “Same” because his father had always called him Sam. February 8th, 2008 his son Charlie Axel Woods was born.
In September 2007, Woods attained the top most spot at the Tour Championship and BMW Championship. In PGA Tour, Woods was voted Player of the Year. He was the leading money earner on this tour. Therefore, he was able to win the Arnold Palmer Prize for the eighth time. In 2008, Tiger Woods won his 3rd U.S Open Championships. This was his 14th major title.
Professional Life at A Low
Later in 2008, Woods needed a reconstructive surgery in the left knee. Moreover, he also suffered from a stress fracture in left tibia. This was just 2 weeks before the starting of U.S Open, where he played after ignoring doctors’ advice to take complete rest.
On 25th February, 2009, Tiger Woods came back to the golf course and played at the Accenture Play Championship. He lost 4 to 2 against Tim Clark. This was the first tournament after the injury. In June 2009, Woods was again a participant in U.S Open. However, unlike a fairytale comeback, Woods thrown out of contention after a four-over-par in first round.
Interestingly, even after a disastrous comeback, Woods was able to retain the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. However, Woods lost the PGA title to Yang Yong-eun. This was the first time in his illustrious career that Woods did not win a single major in an year.
Personal Life in Turmoil
In late 2009, Woods experienced a tough time in his life. In 2009, Tiger Woods’ personal life was surrounded by controversies and allegations. In November 2009, there were reports about Tiger Woods’ affair with Rachel Uchitel, who worked as a nightclub manager. Although Woods and Uchitel denied these reports, there was photographic evidence to prove otherwise.
Woods offered an apology to his fans and family on 2nd December, 2009. However, the mistress count rose and there were numerous evidences to back the claims. Eventually, Woods was unable to suppress queries from his fans and media. He accepted his mistakes and his marriage to longtime friend, Elin Nordegren ended with a divorce. Woods also lost custody of his children. The divorce proved to be an expensive settlement for Tiger Woods.
Comeback with Ups and Downs
On 11th December, 2009, Tiger Woods finally admitted to infidelity. He also announced a break from golf so that he could be with his family. Due to the turmoil in his personal life and controversies surrounding it, Tiger Woods also lost his endorsement deal with Accenture, a management company. He was also suspended from the Gillette endorsement. However, companies like Tag Heuer, Nike and EA Sports stood by Tiger Woods in difficult times.
In April 2010, Tiger Woods came back to golf. However, he was still not at the best of his game. He could only manage a fourth spot at the 2010 Masters Tournament in Augusta, which was his first after the comeback. Woods also withdrew from the Players Championship because of a neck injury. He could not even make it to the Quail Hollow Championship. Woods’ appearance at the Memorial Tournament was the worst since 2002. In 2010, Woods finished in fourth place at U.S Open.
In 2012, Woods won AT&T National. He became the 2nd leading golf player for PGA wins. Finally, Jack Nicklaus’ longtime record was broken.
In recent times, Woods does not seem to be on track. His personal life was in turmoil and he lost many major tournaments. Future does not seem to be very bright for this golf prodigy. However, he still has a few years left in his illustrious career. It will be interesting to see if he can make the most out of them.
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