Eldrick (Tiger) Woods, now 36 years of age, has had an unprecedented career since becoming a professional golfer in the late summer of 1996. He has won 97 tournaments, 73 of those on the PGA Tour, including the 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005 Masters Tournaments, 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007 PGA Championships, 2000, 2002, and 2008 U.S. Open Championships, and 2000, 2005 and 2006 Open Championships. With his second Masters victory in 2001, Tiger became the first ever to hold all four professional major championships at the same time.
Tiger Woods broke a 30-month winless streak on the PGA Tour when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. His income is down as sponsors like Tag Heuer and Gillette failed to renew their endorsement deals with Woods...Woods remains one of the world's highest-paid athletes thanks to his Nike deal. The Swoosh built a golf division on the back of Woods that generates more than $600 million in sales annually. Woods has won more than $100 million in prize money worldwide during his career.
CNN: Tiger Woods' full apology speech
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But Woods's carefully cultivated image as an invincible golf phenom and family man all came crashing down in 2009, when a late-night car accident exposed a pile-up of mistresses and a secret double life.
Before his highly publicized fall from grace, the California child prodigy and richest athlete of all time was on his way to golf legend status, with 14 major championships to his name, just four shy of all-time great Jack Nicklaus.
In 2010, Woods – who publicly apologized to wife Elin Nordegren and their two children, daughter Sam and son Charlie – returned to the green, with his lucrative Nike contract in tact, but the state of his marriage "irretrievably broken."
A porn star and a pancake house waitress added their names to an ever-increasing list of women who have come forward or been called out for reportedly having affairs with golf superstar Tiger Woods, bringing the tally to at least nine.
Tabloids over the weekend named porn star Holly Sampson and pancake waitress Mindy Lawton as two of the names on Tiger's steamy scorecard, raising the question of how Woods would have been able to keep so many affairs secret for so long.
Woods got the nickname “Tiger” from a Vietnamese soldier friend of his father, Vuong Dang Phong, to whom his father had also given the nickname Tiger. Woods went by the name Tiger by the time he had achieved national prominence in junior and amateur golf. Woods legally changed his name from Eldrick to Tiger on his twenty-first birthday.
Tiger Woods - Career Mix
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Woods, a two-time All-American for the Cardinal, posted 10 college victories, including the Pac-10 Championship and NCAA Championship in 1996. He still holds the school record for career stroke average at 71.1 and also for lowest round – a 61 at the ’96 Pac-10 Championship.
If you’re wondering why it’s taken Stanford so long to induct Woods, one reason is the guideline thatrequires an athlete to be out of school for at least 10 years.
Tiger Woods took another step into golfing immortality yesterday with career win No. 73 to tie Jack Nicklaus on the all-time PGA Tour wins list.
Jack Nicklaus did not get PGA Tour win No. 73 until the age of 46, although it was his sixth Masters win, Tiger is only 36.
Sam Snead is next on the list for Tiger with 82 official career wins. Sam would argue with you that he had a dozen or so more wins that the PGA does not recognize.
He put the prize money in his pocket nonetheless.
If Tiger can average three wins per year he will pass “Slammin Sammy” sometime in 2015.
During his two years at Stanford University, Tiger Woods majored in Economics and was nicknamed "Urkel" by his college teammates.
The head of Tiger's driver club is moving at an average speed of 122 mph at impact with the ball.