Tiger Woods is an outstanding American professional golfer, considered as the one of the most outstanding and successful golfers of all time.
Woods has won 14 professional major golf championships, the second highest of any male player (after Jack Nicklaus leads with 18 wins), and 79 PGA Tour events.
He has more career major wins and career PGA Tour wins than any other active golfer. (PGA-Professional Golfers' Association)
He became the youngest golfer to achieve the Career Grand Slam and also is the youngest and fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour.
He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record eleven times.
He has won 14 professional major golf championships.
He is only the second golfer, after Nicklaus, to have achieved a career Grand Slam three times.
Woods has won 18 World Golf Championships.
Number of wins by tour:
Professional wins - 106:
PGA Tour - 79, European Tour - 40, Japan Golf Tour - 2, Asian Tour - 1, PGA Tour of Australasia - 1, Other 16.
Best results in major championships:
Total wins - 14:
Masters Tournament Won: 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005
U.S. Open Won: 2000, 2002, 2008
The Open Championship Won: 2000, 2005, 2006
PGA Championship Won: 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007
Ranked #2 in the 2008 Forbes The Celebrity 100 list.
Ranking PGA: Woods has held the number one position for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks - 683 (On 20 October 2016). After his divorse he lost golf form and his ranking gradually fell to the # 58 on November 2011, then it rose again to the #4 (6,71) on 16 June 2012; and fell to #21 (3,83) on 5th March 2012.
After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25, 2013, he ascended to the #1 once again, and hеld it until May 2014.
On March 29, 2015, Woods had fallen to #104 and after back surgery in April 2014 and September 2015, he dropped out of the world top 500. His current Rank (on 20 October 2016) -#802.
Woods shot to fame after winning the U.S. Masters at Augusta in 1997—with a record score of 270. In this year Tiger Woods became the youngest-ever Masters champion at age 21 years, three months and 14 days and the first African-American to accomplish this feat.
In 1998 in his first appearance at the British Open, Woods tied the course record of 64.
The next few years brought even more successes, including four US PGA titles, three U.S. Open wins, three Open Championship wins, and four U.S. Masters wins.
Golf's increased popularity is attributed to Woods' presence. He is credited for dramatically increasing prize money in golf, generating interest in new audiences as the first person of color to win the Masters, and for drawing the largest TV audiences in golf history.
In June 1999, Woods won the Memorial Tournament, a victory that marked the beginning of one of the greatest sustained periods of dominance in the history of men's golf. He completed his 1999 campaign with eight wins.
He was voted PGA Tour Player of the Year and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the second time in three years.
In 2000 he won three consecutive majors, nine PGA Tour events, and set 27 Tour records. Tiger Woods became the youngest-ever career grand slam winner in 2000, at age 25, when he won the British Open. In 2001 Woods won the Masters and became the first golfer to hold all four professional majors at the same time.
He finished his 2001 season with the most PGA Tour wins in the season, with five.
In 2003, among Woods' five wins were the
In 2004 Woods won only one official PGA Tour championship. In this year Woods married his longtime girlfriend Elin Nordegren, a Swedish model, in October of 2004. Returning to dominate the sport, he won six championships in 2005 and was voted the PGA Tour Player of Year for the seventh time in nine years.
Woods took a couple months off in 2006 following the death of his father. But then he returned and won the next two majors. In July 2006, at the age of 30, he won his third British Open, his 11th Major Championship.
In next season he won the World Golf Championship and US PGA Championship in August 2007.
Open on June 16, 2008, , Woods won a dramatic playoff victory in the U.S. Open, then revealed that he was playing with a torn ACL and with a fracture in his leg.
On December 11, 2009, Woods announced he would take an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage Woods returned to competition for the 2010 Masters on April 8, 2010, after a break lasting 20 weeks.
From December 2009 to early April 2010, Woods took leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage after he admitted infidelity, but he and his wife Elin Nordegren eventually divorced. After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25, 2013, he ascended to the No.1 ranking once again. Woods had back surgery in April 2014 and September 2015.
Salary: He was the highest-paid professional athlete in 2008, having earned an estimated $110 million.
In 2009 he was the first in Money Winners Ranking and earned 10.508.16 $.
In July 2010, Forbes announced Tigar Woods as the richest sportsman in the world earning a reported $105 m according to them and $90.5m according to Sports Illustrated.
In 2000 he signed a five-year, $100-million endorsement contract with Nike. This contract remains the largest endorsement deal ever signed by an athlete.
Charity. The Tiger Woods Foundation, launched by Woods and his father in 1996, has raised millions of dollars to help underprivileged youth get started in golf and succeed in life.
In 2006, he donated $9,500,000 to the Tiger Woods Learning Center, Earl D.Woods Sr. Scholarship Fund, and other Tiger Woods Foundation programs.
On January 2006, he purchased a $39-million property in Jupiter, FL, which became his primary residence.
He grew up in Orange County, California and graduated from Western High School in Anaheim in 1994.
He also studied at Stanford University, and won a number of amateur U.S. golf titles before turning professional in 1996.
Woods was the youngest, at age 15 years, ever to win the U.S. Junior Amateur and the youngest (at 18) to win the U.S. Amateur.
He was also one of the most accomplished amateur golfers in history, winning six USGA national championships, an NCAA title during his two years at Stanford University, and an unprecedented three consecutive U.S. Amateur Championships.
Woods left Stanford University before graduating in order to pursue his golfing career.
Woods was granted dual citizenship by the Thai government in 1997 prior to playing in the Asian Honda Classic.
In November 2003, Woods became engaged to Elin Nordegren, a Swedish model. They were introduced during The Open Championship in 2001 by Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik. They married on October 5, 2004 at the Sandy Lane resort on the Caribbean island of Barbados.
Woods experienced a great personal loss in 2006. His father died in May after battling cancer. Despite his grief, Woods returned to golf and won several events, including the PGA championship and the British Open.
On 18 June 2007 Tiger and Elin Nordegren became the parents of a girl, Sam Alexis Woods, in Orlando, FL. Their Son, Charlie Axel Woods was born on February 8, 2009.
In 2009 his private life unraveled over allegations that surfaced in late November and December about affairs between him and several women.
On December 2, 2009, Woods issued an apology over his "transgressions."
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren officially divorced on August 23, 2010 during a brief proceeding at a courthouse in Miami, Florida. Elin received $110 million from Tiger.
Elin's lawyers released the following statement on behalf of the couple: "We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future."
On March 18, 2013, Woods announced that he and skier Lindsey Vonn were dating. They split up in May 2015.