Tiger (Eldrick) Woods, a professional golfer and entrepreneur, was born on December 30, 1975. Tiger Woods has had an unrivalled competitive career since going professional in 1996. His on-course accomplishments–106 world titles and 15 majors–have paralleled his off-course triumphs.
TGR is Woods’ multibrand firm, which includes TGR Design, a golf course design company; The TGR Foundation, a charity foundation; TGR Live, an events production company; and The Woods Jupiter, an upmarket sports restaurant.
He has 82 PGA TOUR victories, which ties him with Sam Snead for the most in history. Among his major titles are five Masters Tournaments, four PGA Championships, three US Open Championships, and three British Open Championships. For the first time in history, Tiger became the first golfer to win all four major championships at the same time. With his second Masters victory in 2001, he did that.
Woods completed the career Grand Slam of major professional tournaments in 2000 by winning the British Open at St. Andrews, becoming the youngest player to do it and the fifth overall, behind Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus. Besides becoming the youngest Masters champion ever, Tiger Woods was also the first major champion of African or Asian ancestry to win a major event. Both the 2000 US Open and 2001 Masters were won by record margins of 15 and 12 shots, respectively.
He holds the record for most career wins and money on the PGA TOUR among active players.
Despite being unable to play for the most of 2016, Woods made headlines as an entrepreneur and humanitarian. The TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim celebrated its tenth anniversary in February, and it also has satellite locations in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Stuart, Florida. At a gala event held at the New York Public Library in October, the Tiger Woods age Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary, which included Woods and Nike CEO Phil Knight.
The Woods Jupiter celebrated its year anniversary (the restaurant debuted in August 2015), while Golf Digest and Golf Magazine/Sports Illustrated named TGR Design’s Bluejack National course near Houston, Texas, Best New Private Course.
A former lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, Earl Woods, and his Thai-born wife, Kultida, are Tiger’s parents. Tiger was a nickname his father had given to a Vietnamese soldier and friend of the family, Vuong Dang Phong.
The town of Cypress, in Orange County, was home to him for much of his formative years. At the tender age of six months, he began mimicking his father’s golf swing by watching him knock balls into a net. At the tender age of two, he appeared on The Mike Douglas Show, with Bob Hope, and was a regular guest. At the age of three, he shot a nine-hole total of 48 and was published in the Golf Digest.
Tiger competed in his first professional event in 1992, when he was 16 years old, the Los Angeles Open. He also made the cut and was tied for 34th place in the 1994 Johnnie Walker Asian Classic in Thailand, where he was a teenager at the time. In his first two years at Stanford, he won 10 college races, culminating in the NCAA championship.
Before becoming professional on August 27, 1996, Tiger Woods age had one of the most spectacular amateur records in golf history, winning six USGA national championships. He ended his amateur career by winning the U.S. Amateur title for the third time in a row, setting a record for the most consecutive match-play victories.
To put it another way, he is the player with the most wins and the most money from playing on the PGA Tour.
This is what Woods did the week after he won his third U.S. Amateur title: He played his first professional tournament in the Greater Milwaukee Open on August 3. For him to be one of the best money winners in 1996, he had to win one of the last seven events. This was one of them. Two times, he won, and he came in at number 30 in the money.
Woods won four PGA TOUR events in 1997, as well as one event outside of the United States. He also made the most money. There has never been anyone who went from No. 1 to No. 1 so quickly. The youngest-ever No. 1 golfer was Tiger Woods, who was 21 years, 24 weeks old on June 15, 1997, when he was 42 weeks old.
On the PGA TOUR, Woods won eight times in 1999, including the PGA Championship. Woods also won 11 times around the world. He won four PGA Tour events in a row at the end of the year and two more at the start of 2000, for a total of six in a row. Woods won 11 tournaments in 2000, including three professional majors in the same year, and became the first player to win the PGA Championship in successive years since 1936-37. Woods has won five times in the United States, including the Masters in 2001, and eight times in total. In 2002, he won five more times on the TOUR and seven times overall, and he was the TOUR’s top money winner for the fourth year in a row.
When tiger was 16 years old he participated in his first professional tournament the los angeles open in 1992 in the 1994 johnnie walker asian classic in thailand where he was a teenager at the time he made the cut and tied for 34th place at Medinah CC by five shots, the same site as he did in 1999.
He started 2007 with his seventh straight PGA TOUR victory and finished the year with a total of seven official victories, including his second PGA Championship in a row. He won four of six PGA TOUR tournaments in 2008, including his 14th major at the U.S. Open—his last event before season-ending knee surgery—as well as the Dubai Desert Classic, and ended second on the TOUR money list in only six appearances. Woods sunk a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole at Torrey Pines to create a 19-hole playoff the next day (they were tied at even-par 71 after 18 holes). He subsequently stated that he had a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and a double stress fracture in the same leg when he competed in the competition.
In 2009, he won for the first time in 286 days and finished the year as the PGA TOUR’s leader in wins (6) and money ($10,508,163). In Australia, he also won his first event. In 2012, he won three events, and in 2013, he won five.
WOODS WON FIVE TIMES IN 2001, INCLUDING THE MASTERS, AND EIGHT TIMES IN THE WORLD.
Woods was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 1996 and 2000, making him the only person to win the honour twice. He was named the 2000 World Champion of Champions by L’Equipe (France). Woods was named Male Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in 1997, 1999, and 2000. Only he and Michael Jordan have ever won the trophy three times. In 1997 (tied with Ken Griffey, Jr.), 1999, 2000, and 2001, he was named ESPY Male Athlete of the Year. In voting for the Laureus Sports Awards, he was also named World Sportsman of the Year in 1999 and 2000 by the founding members of the World Sports Academy. Woods was named No. 1 in Businessweek’s Power 100 list of the most important persons in sports in 2008. He was named AP Athlete of the Decade in 2009. Woods garnered 56 of the 142 votes given by AP editors nationwide. In addition, he was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.
The PGA TOUR and the PGA of America named Woods Player of the Year in 1997, 1999, 2000-2003, 2005-2007, 2009, and 2013 (Jack Nicklaus Award) and the Golf Writers Association of America named him Player of the Year in 1997, 1999, 2000-2003, 2005-2007, 2009, and 2013. His adjusted score averages of 67.79 strokes in 2000 and 2007 were the lowest ever, earning him the PGA TOUR’s Byron Nelson Award and the PGA of America’s Vardon Trophy. In addition, he scored an actual scoring average of 68.17 in 2000, shattering Nelson’s 1945 record of 68.33.