How much is Tiger Woods worth?
|Date of Birth:
|December 30, 1975 (age 47)
|United States of America
|6 ft (1.85 m)
About Tiger Woods
Tearing up the fairways as a golf wunderkind is what he became known for, 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.
Eldrick Tont Woods a.k.a. Tiger Woods was born on December 30th 1975, in Cypress Hill, California. He grew up in Orange County. 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 earned.
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 record for the longest time spent ranked as the number 1 golfer in the world.
In the decade that followed, Tiger Woods earned 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. 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 likely felt more for his pride and reputation than any financial losses. 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 at over $120 million.
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. However, 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, and he is, by far, the richest golfer of all time.
Tiger Woods is 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, the cherry on top on all the honors he has received through his magnificent career. It is highest award that the nation can bestow upon a civilian. Woods’ career has had its ups and downs through injury and private struggles but he overcame adversity and will go down in history as one of the greatest golfers the world has ever seen.