Tiger Woods, a renowned American professional golfer, needs no any introduction among the golf lovers. He has been the golf icon. He has been the highest paid athletes in the world for several years. He is also known to the world with the nick name of Mr. T, Tiger and Righty. He has been the youngest player to achieve the career in Grand Slam and has won it for three times. He has set a number of records in golf under his name. He has been playing in the PGA Tour since 1996 and has the record of 106 professional wins including 18 World Golf Championships. .
Born to parents Earl and Kultida Woods on December 30, 1975 in Cypress, California, as Eldrick Tont Woods, Tiger is the only child of his parents from their marriage. However, he has two half brothers, named, Earl Jr. and Kevin and a half sister, Royce. Tiger Woods has the Caucasian, Black, American Indian and Asian ethnicity which Tiger refers as “Cablinasian”. Tiger’s father Earl was also a single figure handicap golfer. It was his father who introduced tiger to golf. Tiger Woods was not even 2 years old that time when he became passionate about golf.
He began to appear in news and shows for his outstanding golf skills since he was three. He made his debut in Junior World Golf Championships in 1984 at the age of eight. He has the record of winning the Junior World Championships for six times including the consecutive wins from 1988 to 1991. Tiger had attended Western High School and had played from the High School’s golf team. During his high school tenure, he won several of the titles like Golf Digest Amateur Player of the Year, Golf World Player of the Year and Golfweek National Amateur of the Year and set the record of youngest ever U.S Junior Amateur champion, which got broken in 2010 by Jim Liu.
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After completing his high school in 1994, he joined at Stanford University majoring in economics after getting golf scholarship. He played from the University’s golf team winning several of the titles. It was in 1996, he became a professional golfer. As he has been talented and skilled in golf, soon after turning into professional, the rain of the trophies, awards and titles with setting up the records never stopped. In his first year, he was named Sports Illustrated 1996 Sportsman of the Year, PGA Tour Rookie of the year, PGA Player of the Year for eleven times, PGA Tour leading money winner for ten times, Vardon Trophy for nine times, Bryan Nelson Award for nine times, FedEx Cup Champion for two times with many more. Having been the number one golfer for several times, he has also tasted the ranking of number 58. After 2010, his fans have seen a lot of ups and downs in his play which mostly has been due to his injury. However, at present, he is trying on to level up the charisma as he once had in the past.
Tiger Woods had the record breaking win in 1997 Masters Tournament and the win was highly publicized which grabbed the attention of many audiences and generated new too. It eventually increased the popularity of golf worldwide. The golf popularity has been credited to Tiger Woods and he is also credited for the increase in prize money in golf. Due to his popularity and being one of the most remarkable players in Sports, he was signed to numerous endorsements like General Motors, American Express, Nike, Inc., Accenture, Gillette, etc. He is the founder of Tiger Woods Foundation established in 1996 with the aim to promote golf among inner-city children. He also wrote the golf instruction column for Golf Digest magazine from 1997 – 2011 which had the largest print run of any golf book for its first edition.
Now, moving on to his personal life, Tiger Wood was once married. He was married to a Swedish former model Elin Nordegren. Elin and Nordegren got engaged in 2003 November followed by their marriage on October 5, 2004. They lived at Isleworth. Later in 2006, they purchased a $ 39 million worth state in Jupiter Island, Florida and began constructing 10,000 square-foot house. The property stretches from Intracoastal Waterway to Atlantic Ocean.
Tiger Woods is a father of two children, a daughter named Sam Alexis Woods born in 2007 and a son named Charlie Axel Woods, born in 2009. The family were living happily and hoping to move into their new home soon. However, it was in late 2009, his clean image of “Mr.Clean” came into suspicion after supermarket tabloid The National Enquirer published his story claiming his extra marital affair with the NY City night club manager Rachel Uchitel but she denied the claim. After two days of the incident, he got collided to a fire hydrant, a tree and several hedges due to careless driving for which he got a ticket. Soon after few days, US Weekly released a voicemail message left by Tiger Woods for a mistress. The incident blew him up claiming dozen of women too have had an affair with Tiger Woods through various media outlets. There had been lots of his rumored girlfriends. The rumors and scandals had littered his image to infidelity snatching the “Mr. Clean” title from him.
The days and months following, the issue hampered his game and position as well as the endorsements, he was signed to, drew up the contract with him. His wife divorced him on August 23, 2010. He had the very rough time back then. Even though, coming in the shocking scandals, controversies and horrible professional slump, he still is one of the richest active sports figures. He earns more than $55 million per year and has the net worth of around $600 million. Even though his magic is not like it used to be, he is still rolling on the money. It was in 2013 March 18, he announced that he is dating with Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey Vonn is a world class women skier and their affair has been high publicized and cited as the most popular sports bond.
Tiger Woods has a huge fan base and they are always eager to learn on him whether it is an off season or not. His personal life and career are the most interested topics for his fans. To learn more on him, his fans can go to several of the internet sites that have the news, biography, articles, rumors and other stories written on him. Wikipedia, IMDb, different magazines, newspaper, etc are the sources to have it. Along with that, his fan page in Facebook and following him on Twitter can be advantageous for this case as well.
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