EldrickTont “Tiger” Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time, and one of the most popular athletes of the 21st century. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.
Woods is considered by some as one of the greatest golfers of all time.
Woods has broken numerous golf records. He has been World Number One for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any golfer in the history of golf. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record eleven times, the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times and has the record of leading the money list in ten different seasons.
He has won 14 professional major golf championships, where he trails only Jack Nicklaus who leads with 18, and Tiger Woods has won 79 PGA Tour events, second to all-time behind Sam Snead (82). Tiger Woods leads all active golfers in career major wins and career PGA Tour wins. He is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam, and the youngest and fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour. Additionally, Woods is only the second golfer (after Nicklaus) to have achieved a career Grand Slam three times. Woods has won 18 World Golf Championships and won at least one of those events in each of the first 11 years after they began in 1999. Woods and Rory McIlroy are the only golfers to win both The Silver Medal and The Gold Medal at The Open Championship.
Woods has spent the most consecutive and cumulative weeks atop the world rankings. He is one of five players (along with Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus) to have won all four professional major championships in his career, known as the Career Grand Slam, and Tiger Woods was the youngest to do so. Woods is the only player to have won all four professional major championships in a row, accomplishing the feat in the 2000–2001 seasons.
- PGA Tour Wins (79)
- European Tour Wins (40)
- Japan Golf Tour Wins (2)
- Asian Tour Wins (1)
- Other Professional Wins (16)
- Amateur Wins (21)
Guinness Book of Records
Woods claimed 17 Guinness World Records, within golf and 3 other records related to his appearance in the video game. After Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps, he holds the third highest number of Guinness World Records claimed by a sportsman within one discipline.
- Most consecutive US Amateur golf titles
- Most US PGA Tour tournament wins in the modern ear
- Lowest score under par in the Open golf championships
- Most awards for Professional Golfers’ Association Tour Player of the Year
- Youngest winner of the golf US Masters Tournament
- Highest career earnings on the US Professional Golfers’ Association Tour
- Largest margin of victory in the golf US Masters
- Largest margin of victory in a golf major championship
- Most wins of the PGA Player of the Year Award
- Most consecutive golf Major Tournaments Won
- Highest annual earnings for a golfer
- Longest golf drive on the PGA Tour
- Lowest total score (72 holes) at the golf US Masters
- Longest drive in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006
- Golf, World Cup – Lowest individual score
- Lowest total score (first 54 holes) in the golf US Masters
- Highest annual earnings for any professional athlete (ever)
Tiger Woods Foundation
The Tiger Woods Foundation was established in 1996 by Woods and his father Earl, with the primary goal of promoting golf among inner-city children. The foundation has conducted junior golf clinics across the country and sponsors the Tiger Woods Foundation National Junior Golf Team in the Junior World Golf Championships. As of December 2010, TWF employed approximately 55 people.
The foundation operates the Tiger Woods Learning Center, a $50 million, 35,000-square-foot (3,250 m²) facility in Anaheim, California, providing college-access programs for underserved youth. The TWLC opened in 2006 and features seven classrooms, extensive multi-media facilities and an outdoor golf teaching area. The center has since expanded to four additional campuses: two in Washington, D.C.; one in Philadelphia; and one in Stuart Florida.
Tiger Woods holds the U.S. Open Trophy after beating Rocco Mediate in the playoff round in 2008.
Tiger Woods hoists the trophy after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in 2013, his last PGA Tour victory. He returns to Firestone Aug. 1 for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to be held in Akron. Woods qualified after the British Open on Sunday. (Plain Dealer file photo)
Tiger Woods and his father, Earl Woods
Tiger Woods and his father Earl Woods. His father, Earl Dennison Woods was a US Army infantry officer who served two tours of duty in Vietnam and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a college-level baseball player and writer, and father of professional golfer Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods receives the Master’s green jacket for winning the 1997 Masters Tournament from 1996 winner Nick Faldo.
11 eye-popping numbers from Tiger Woods’s historic 1997 Masters’ victory
Twenty years after Tiger Woods’ win at the 1997 Masters, it’s easy to forget just how historic the victory was. Woods set or tied 26 records that week, many that are still in tact today. Here are a few of the best numbers for that historic week at Augusta.
- Woods was 21 years old, making him the youngest champion in tournament history.
- 12 was the widest major championship victory margin in U.S. Open history, a record that Woods later would tie at the 2000 U.S. Open.
- Tiger Woods was 18 under par for the week, a record that stood until Jordan Spieth tied it in 2015.
- Tiger Woods had 9, which was the largest 54-hole lead.
- Tiger Woods had 33 consecutive holes without a bogey.
- Tiger Woods was the youngest player to shoot 65 at The Masters.
- Tiger Woods had a difference of 25 yards in average driving distance between himself and the week’s second-longest hitter.
- Tiger Woods had 16 strokes under par for the back nine, the most for the tournament.
- Tiger Woods had 40, the highest 9-hole start for the by the eventual winner.
- This U.S. Open tournament was estimated at 44 million people, a record still today.
- Tiger Woods is still the youngest player to shoot 65 at The Masters.
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