Who is Tiger Woods?
Tiger woods is a great American professional golfer and one of the highest- paid athletes in the world. He was the first youngest African American to win the US Masters in 1977.
Tiger Woods, also known as Eldrick Tont Woods was born on 30 December, 1975, in Cypress, California to Earl Woods and Kultida. His father started calling Edrick ‘Tiger’ in honor of a fellow solider. Tiger was inclined towards golf from a very young age. He started playing when he was only two years old.
Initial Life of Woods
When Woods was four years, his parents hired a coach for him. At the age of six, he began to participate in junior contests. Tiger won the under to competition at the Navy Golf Course, Cypress. From 1988 to 1991 he took part in many Junior World Golf Championships. Woods won the tournament six times. During 1991, at the age of fifteen, Woods became the youngest champion of the US Junior Amateur championship.
As a Professional Golfer
Woods began his professional career during 1996. He immediately signed advertising deals with Nike and Titleist due to his booming success during his college days. In 1997, he made history by winning his first major competition, the Masters Tournament.
He became the tournament’s youngest ever winner at the age of 21. In just two months he was the number one player in the world. This was the fastest any golfer had reached that spot in their career.
In 1999, Tiger won the PGA Championship. In the following years he was either winning or finishing in the top ten positions of every match participated in. during 2000 year, at the age of 24, Woods won four golf tournaments: US open, US Amateur, the British Open and British Amateur Championship.
He started the new period at the top of his career. He achieved six back to back wins, the longest winning streak since 1948. Woods became the youngest athlete to achieve the Career Grand Slam. He had won nine PGA tournaments by then. In 2001, Woods won the Masters tournaments. He was the first player to win all four major professional titles at the same time.
Challenging Days of Tiger Woods
For the duration of 2003-2004 season was not a great one for Woods’s career. He did not win any single major games in these two years and thus lost his number one ranking, in 2005, Woods returned to his form.
Woods won two majors and rose to the top of the rankings. The next two years, Woods continued his streak and closed the 2006 season with 54 wins, including the PGA Championship and the British Open.
During 2008, Tiger suffered from episodic pain in his left knee due to an arthroscopic surgery from earlier that year. Woods had to take a short break form golfing and missed the rest of the PGA tour season.
He returned to the game 2009 but the season did not pan out as planned, he did not win a single major event, even losing the PGA title, although he did remain at the number of spot in the world rankings. The year also brought some personal misfortune for Woods.
He was involved in a car accident one early morning in November which led to the expose of his multiple extra martial affairs. Following this event, many sponsors cancelled his contracts, and his rankings naturally dropped.
Leave from Golfing
Woods take an unspecified leave from golfing to spend more time with his family. He made his comeback in 2010 but it was an inacceptable season with no tournament wins. The 2021 season was much better for him.
He won two tournaments, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament. During 2013, Woods won the Farmers Insurance Open and WGC Cadillac Championship. He won the Arnold Palmer invitational for the eight time and shot to the top of the world rankings.
In 2014, Woods started to experience nonstop back pain. He underwent back his surgery and suffered well into 2016 to return to the game, missing the entire season. He made a comeback in 2017 that did not last long due to another back surgery. He finally won a Tour Championship in September 2018, his first victory in five years.
Achievements of Tiger Woods
Woods design to unexpected heights with his sheer dedication and hard work. He has been recognized as the ‘Greatest close in history’ with 79 official PGA Tour events victories. He was the youngest among the few players to have won all four professional major championship, achieving career Grand Slam.
He is also the only one to win all 4 four, in a row, this unique achievements came to be known as ‘Tiger Slam’. Woods was inducted to the California Museum for history, Women and the Arts in Sacramento in 2007. The Associated Press described him as ‘Athlete of the Decade’ in 2009. Woods Married Elin Nordegren in 2004, with whom he has two children. However, the couple got divorced in 2010.