Widely acknowledged as the greatest golfer of all time, Tiger Woods has achieved just about everything there is to achieve in the game.
Below, we look at all you need to know about Tiger Woods.
Born on 30th December 1975, Tiger Woods is 47 years old.
Forbes confirmed in 2009 that Tiger Woods had made over $1bn in his career, and in 2022 that he was the first golfer to have a net worth in excess of $1bn.
While Woods’s PGA Tour career has seen him net more than $120m, his off-course earnings have dwarfed that amount, thanks to various endorsement deals throughout his career.
Upon turning professional, Woods signed lucrative deals with Nike and Titleist, extending his partnership with Nike in 2000 for five years in a deal worth $105m.
Woods has also had endorsements with General Motors, American Express, TAG Heuer, as well as being the face of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour video games, signing a contract with publisher EA in 2006.
Tiger Woods was born Eldrick Tont Woods. He was given the first name Eldrick by his mother, as it started with an E (after his father Earl) and ended with a K (after his mother Kultida). Tiger was a nickname given to him by his father as a baby after serving with a colleague in Vietnam, also nicknamed Tiger.
Woods has suffered with numerous injuries throughout his career, most notably starting in 2008. Undergoing knee surgery, Woods faced a race to be fit for the 2008 US Open.
Not only would Woods win the US Open, he’d do it on one leg. What people didn’t realise at the time was the severity of his injury; Woods had two stress fractures in his left leg as well as a torn ACL.
Having finally returned to the top of the golfing world in 2013, Woods would be plagued with a series of back injuries that tormented his career in the following years.
So bad were Woods’s back troubles, that he privately admitted he wouldn’t play golf again in 2017.
After pulling out of tournaments and undergoing several surgeries – even having his spine fused eventually, Woods got back to full fitness to win the 2019 Masters.
In February 2021, however, Woods suffered serious leg injuries in a car crash, which appear to have ended his full-time professional career.
As he revealed in a press conference in 2022, Woods won’t play a full schedule again, however is committed to playing in the new TGL golf league, which he co-founded with Rory McIlroy.
He also recently featured in The Match, an exhibition where he played alongside Rory McIlroy against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
However he’s also revealed that he aims to play in all four majors, as well as one or two more events, which will likely depend on his fitness.
Woods's ambitions to play in the majors will see him appear in the Masters from 6th April.
He tees off at 15:18 and 18:24 BST on Thursday and Friday.
Woods has won 82 PGA Tour events, tied for the most in history with Sam Snead. He’s won 42 regular PGA Tour events, 15 majors, 18 World Golf Championships, five FedEx Cup events and the Players Championship twice. He’s also won eight regular European Tour events.
Yes. Though Woods never completed the calendar year Grand Slam, he did win the ‘Tiger Slam’. Having finished 5th at the 2000 Masters, Woods won the proceeding US Open, The Open, PGA Championship and the 2001 Masters.
Tiger Woods has won the Masters five times, the PGA Championship four times, the US Open three times and The Open three times, for a total of 15 major wins – second to Jack Nicklaus on 18, and ahead of Walter Hagen on 11.
Woods has reportedly made 20 holes-in-one in his career, but surprisingly, for arguably the greatest golfer to have ever lived, only three on the PGA Tour, all of which were way back in the 1990s.
Joe LaCava is Woods’s current caddy and has been on the bag since 2011. Prior to that, Steve Williams was Woods’s caddy and had been since 1999, forming perhaps the most famous combination in golf history.
Woods’s first full-time caddy was Mike ‘Fluff’ Cowan, with whom he won his first major at the 1997 Masters.
Woods has also used friend Byron Bell and Billy Foster – who himself has caddied for Seve Ballesteros, Lee Westwood and currently Matthew Fitzpatrick – as stand-ins.