Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods in May 2019.jpg
Woods at the White House in May 2019
Personal information
Full nameEldrick Tont Woods
NicknameTiger
Born (1975-12-30) December 30, 1975 (age 45)
Cypress, California
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Weight185 lb (84 kg)[1]
Nationality United States
ResidenceJupiter Island, Florida
Spouse
(m. 2004; div. 2010)
Children2
Career
CollegeStanford University
(two years)
Turned professional1996
Current tour(s)PGA Tour (joined 1996)
Professional wins109[2]
Highest ranking1 (June 15, 1997)[3]
(683 weeks)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour82 (Tied 1st all time)
European Tour41 (3rd all time)[notes 1][4]
Japan Golf Tour3
Asian Tour2
PGA Tour of Australasia3
Other16
Best results in major championships
(wins: 15)
Masters TournamentWon: 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007
U.S. OpenWon: 2000, 2002, 2008
The Open ChampionshipWon: 2000, 2005, 2006
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2021 (member page)
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1996
PGA Player of the Year1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013
PGA Tour
Player of the Year
1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013
Vardon Trophy1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013
Byron Nelson Award1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
FedEx Cup Champion2007, 2009
Presidential Medal of Freedom2019
(For a full list of awards, see here)

Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer. He is tied for first in PGA Tour wins, ranks second in men's major championships, and holds numerous golf records.[5] Woods is widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time and one of the most famous athletes in the world. He has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.[6]

Following an outstanding junior, college, and amateur golf career, Woods turned professional in 1996 at the age of 20. By the end of April 1997, he had won three PGA Tour events in addition to his first major, the 1997 Masters, which he won by 12 strokes in a record-breaking performance. He reached number one in the world rankings for the first time in June 1997, less than a year after turning pro. Throughout the first decade of the 21st century, Woods was the dominant force in golf. He was the top-ranked golfer in the world from August 1999 to September 2004 (264 consecutive weeks) and again from June 2005 to October 2010 (281 consecutive weeks). During this time, he won 13 of golf's major championships.

The next decade of Woods's career was marked by comebacks from personal problems and injuries. He took a self-imposed hiatus from professional golf from December 2009 to early April 2010 in an attempt to resolve marital issues with his wife at the time, Elin. Woods admitted to multiple infidelities, and the couple eventually divorced.[7] Woods fell to number 58 in the world rankings in November 2011 before ascending again to the number-one ranking between March 2013 and May 2014.[8][9] However, injuries led him to undergo four back surgeries between 2014 and 2017.[10] Woods competed in only one tournament between August 2015 and January 2018, and he dropped off the list of the world's top 1,000 golfers.[11][12] On his return to regular competition, Woods made steady progress to the top of the game, winning his first tournament in five years at the Tour Championship in September 2018 and his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters.

Woods has held numerous golf records. He has been the number one player in the world for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any golfer in history. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record 11 times[13] and has won the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times. Woods has the record of leading the money list in ten different seasons. He has won 15 professional major golf championships (trailing only Jack Nicklaus, who leads with 18) and 82 PGA Tour events (tied for first all time with Sam Snead).[14] 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 only four men before him have won career grand slam (Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus), and the second golfer (after Nicklaus) to have achieved a career Grand Slam three times. Woods has won 18 World Golf Championships. He was also part of the American winning team for the 1999 Ryder Cup. In May 2019, Woods was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the fourth golfer to receive the honor.[15]

On February 23, 2021, Woods was hospitalized in serious but stable condition after a single-car collision and underwent emergency surgery to repair compound fractures sustained in each leg in addition to a shattered ankle.[16]

  1. ^ a b "Tiger Woods – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  2. ^ This is calculated by adding Woods's 82 PGA Tour victories, 8 regular European Tour wins, 2 non co-sanctioned Japan Golf Tour wins, 1 non co-sanctioned Asian Tour win, and the 16 other wins in his career.
  3. ^ "Week 24 1997 Ending 15 Jun 1997" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  4. ^ 2009 European Tour Official Guide Section 4 Page 577 PDF 21. European Tour. Retrieved April 21, 2009. Archived January 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
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  6. ^ Harig, Bob (March 11, 2020). "Tiger Woods to be inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame in 2021". ESPN.
  7. ^ Cite error: The named reference legend was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  8. ^ "Westwood becomes world number one". BBC News. October 31, 2010.
  9. ^ Cite error: The named reference chevron was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  10. ^ "Complete list of Tiger Woods' injuries". PGA Tour.
  11. ^ "With game on point, Tiger Woods is in perfect place to win again at Firestone". USA Today. August 1, 2018.
  12. ^ Reid, Philip (August 14, 2018). "For the new Tiger Woods, second place is far from first loser". The Irish Times. Dublin.
  13. ^ Kelley, Brent (October 20, 2009). "Woods Clinches PGA Player of the Year Award". About.com: Golf. Retrieved December 2, 2009.
  14. ^ "Tracking Tiger". NBC Sports. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved June 3, 2009.
  15. ^ Rogers, Katie (May 6, 2019). "'I've Battled,' Tiger Woods Says as He Accepts Presidential Medal of Freedom". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  16. ^ "Tiger Woods injured in car crash". February 23, 2021. Retrieved February 23, 2021.


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