How much is Tiger Woods worth?
|Net Worth:||$850 Million
|Date of Birth:||December 30, 1975|
|Country:||United States of America|
Tearing up the fairways as a golf wunderkind, but his extramarital extracurricular activities are what really made headlines. Fortunately the empire he built on the foundation of his golfing skills isn’t one that can easily be torn down.
Who Is Tiger Woods
Eldrick Tont Woods a.k.a. Tiger Woods was born on December 30th 1975, in Cypress Hill, California. He grew up in Orange County.
From the tender age of only two, it became apparent that Tiger had a talent for golfing. He made waves when he made a TV appearance at only three years old, putting against legendary comedian, Bob Hope. He had already appeared in Golf Digest at only five!
Tiger’s dad, Earl was his early influence in golf. A military man, Earl was athletic and was an amateur golfer and baseball player. Tiger won his first Junior World Golf Championships at age eight and went on to win the title six times. Four of these were consecutive titles.
He continued to make waves in the golfing world throughout his teenage and college years, becoming the youngest U.S. Amateur Champion, consistently breaking records and earning titles and accolades for his amazing skill.
He attended Stanford University for two years but did not graduate but instead he left to turn professional. I don’t think anyone could argue it wasn’t a wise decision! Good move, Mr. Woods!
American professional golfer Tiger Woods has a net worth of $850 million dollars, as of 2020.
From Cub To Tiger
Eldrick Tont Woods might as well have been born with a golf club in his hand. Growing up in California, the multi-ethnic Woods (he calls himself “Cablinasian,” a hybrid of his Caucasian, Black, American Indian and Asian roots) learned to play golf from his father Earl, a former army officer. When Tiger, whose father gave him the nickname after his friend in the army, was two, he was already making television appearances and getting media recognition for his uncanny ability to golf. By the time he was eight, he had appeared in Golf Digest and on Good Morning America to flout his talent.
Throughout his teens, he dominated the amateur circuit and was already star when he decided to go to Stanford University and continue his reign over the college circuit. He left college after two years and officially went pro in 1996 when he was just 20.
A Major Star
A year later, Tiger won his first Masters tournament at Augusta. The win made him the youngest person to ever win as well as the first black person to ever win, and, with a score of 18 under par, he broke a tournament record just for good measure. It was becoming clear that golf’s wunderkind wasn’t a fluke.
More than not being a fluke, Tiger also proved he was immune to burnout when he continued to win, and win, and win. Less than a year after his first green jacket, Tiger went home victorious at the British Open and continued his dominance in the sport over the next few years.
And with success came a string of lucrative endorsement deals with companies like Nike, Gillete, EA, Gatorade and Tag Heur. His winning formula on the fairways and with the sponsors put him on track to become a billionaire.
On the personal front, Tiger’s life was also picture-perfect. He married his girlfriend of three years, Swedish model and nanny Elin Nordegren, in 2004. The couple met at the 2001 British Open while she was working as a nanny for another professional golfer.
But his life took a sad turn when his father passed away in 2006 from prostate cancer. Tiger, who made no secret of his tight-knit relationship with his dad, took a break from golf. Showing how much the loss had impacted him, he didn’t place in his next tournament, but he was back in fighting form at the British Open, taking home first place and dedicating the win to Earl.
From Grief To Joy To Pain
In June 2007, Tiger and Elin welcomed their first daughter, Sam Alexis. Around that time, he started experiencing pain from knee surgery and revealed that he had a fracture in his leg he had tried to ignore. The golf star took a hiatus from the rest of the season to heal, be a father and, apparently, make more babies. The couple announced they were expecting again in September 2008 and Elin gave birth to a son, Charlie Axel, in February 2009.
Falling From Grace
He was a golf prodigy, devoted son, family man and the beacon of American wholesomeness before he fell to the temptations of a man in a position of power. In one highly publicized night, Tiger Woods’s image transformed when he became more famous for his antics away from the greens and away from his wife than the hallowed career that had made him a sporting legend.
Despite the birth of his son, the rest of 2009 wouldn’t be Tiger’s year. Reports started to emerge that he was having an affair with club manager Rachel Uchitel. He shrugged off the claim, but where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and following a bizarre crash outside of his Florida mansion, it was clear his personal life was in flames.
The public had a field day with reports that the crash happened after a fight with Elin when she discovered he had a mistress. Tiger stayed quiet about the incident, but one by one, women stepped forward claiming to have had affairs with the golfer until the grand total reached 14 (give or take). Tiger slunk from the public eye and took another professional break to try to repair his marriage, but the damage was done, and the couple divorced in August 2010.
Despite this major setback, Tiger has returned to work. Although his rank has dropped to number two, he’s still a star and he managed to salvage the most lucrative of his sponsorships. Changes are, even an epic sex scandal isn’t powerful enough to stop the force that is Tiger Woods.
How Did Tiger Woods Get So Rich?
In his first year as a pro, Woods was quickly signed up for advertising deals with Nike and Titleist, regarded as two of the most lucrative advertising deals in the industry. He has had several coveted endorsement deals over his career. He has been associated with Tag Heure, Buick, Gillette, General Motors and American Express to name but a few.
However, his reputation was shaken by controversy about marriage infidelity in 2009, when stories of affairs came to light. The marriage eventually ended in a high profile divorce. With his personal life in disarray, many of his endorsement deals were pulled. Although by then, he was already an incredibly rich man and the sting was more felt in his pride and reputation. Over the course of his career, it is estimated his advertising deals have netted him a cool $1.4 billion! Not to mention the fact that he holds the record earnings in golf prize money have made over $120 million! I think it’s safe to say he’s probably getting by!
Why Is He So Famous?
Woods’ name was already widely known in the golfing world through his early years’ accomplishments but when he turned professional at age 20, he became known the world over. Within his first year as a professional golfer, he was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and PGA Rookie of the Year, two very prestigious titles, not easily gleaned.
He really shot to fame when he became the youngest person ever and the first African American to win the U. S. Masters in 1997. His name became synonymous with golfing to everyone, whether a golfing fan or not. His record-breaking success continued, with him winning his first Masters and PGA Championship and reached Number 1 in the Official Golf World Rankings. He holds the the record for the longest time spent ranked as the number 1 golfer in the world.
In the decade that followed, Tiger Woods cemented his name in the history books as one of the greatest golfers of all time, claiming title after title including four U.S. PGA titles, three U.S. Open wins, three Open Championships wins and three U.S. Masters wins.
What Makes Him So Successful?
Being introduced to golf at such an early age and finding incredible success and praise for his efforts throughout his childhood would have been a factor in Tiger’s success. Woods says his dad Earl, who passed away in 2006, was his greatest influence. Earl raised him to be a champion. He had a golf club in his hand before he was able to walk! His natural talent for the game has made him shine throughout all stages of his golfing career. His whirlwind career was not without injury or event. He underwent laser eye surgery in 1999 and knee surgery in 2008 and after recovering both times, came back to take the golfing world by storm. However, his back problems eventually took their toll on his career and he underwent four separate surgeries between 2014 and 2018. It seemed through these years that Woods had seen his day as a professional golfer but remarkably, he bounced back and took his first major championship win in eleven years, winning the 2019 Masters.
Woods has won an astounding 82 PGA Tour event over his career, 15 being majors. He is one of only five players in history to have won all four major championships. He is one of only two sports people to ever receive the acclaimed honor of being named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year more than once.
Tiger Woods is possibly the most widely known golfer in the world. His whirlwind career brought him much time in the limelight as he continued to break records and astound sporting fans all over the world. In 2019, he was even honored by Donald Trump, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which really put the cherry on top on all the honors he has received down through his magnificent career. This award is the highest that the nation can bestow upon a civilian! Trump complimented him on his remarkable achievements and his strength and will in overcoming adversity to continue his triumphant career.
His career has had its ups and downs through injury and private struggles but he certainly claimed his spot to go down in history as one of the greatest golfers the world has ever seen. His professional career has spanned two and a half decades almost. And he’s not finished yet! He has no known plans to retire any time soon. Its widely thought that he would like to break Jack Nicklaus‘ World record of eighteen major titles and being only three behind, it’s always a possibility. Jack Nicklaus and Woods jointly hold the record of 82 PGA event wins.
Woods is expected to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2021. And rightly so! What a career this amazing sports star has forged!