While most people would not recognize the name Eldrick Tont Woods, Tiger Woods is globally associated with one of the greatest golfers of the current era. Born in 1975 in Cypress, California, Tigers played junior, college, and amateur golf with great success before turning pro in 1996. As a youth, Tiger began to excel at 11 with his first win over his father. Then, at the age of 12, he broke 70 on a regulation golf course for the first time.
By The Numbers
Currently, Tiger is tied with Sam Snead for first place with 82 PGA career wins. He is in third place in European Tour wins with 41. In the Japan Gold Tour, he has earned three wins, as he also has in the PGA Tour of Australasia. Two wins in the Asian Tour and 16 other assorted wins wrap up his numbers. His list of accolades and firsts is long and even includes an achievement that carries his name. In 2000 and 2001, he became the first to win four consecutive major professional golf titles. But because his feat spanned two calendar years, it became known as the Tiger Slam.
To make his achievements even more impressive, many were attained while Tiger was suffering from painful injuries that others would have considered debilitating. In April 2008, he underwent knee surgery, missing two months of play. Leg injuries also plagued him in 2011. In 2013 he was hampered with an elbow injury which led to missing several events. In 2014, his back injuries forced him to undergo surgery. A wrist injury occurred after hitting a tree root with his club in 2015, and he endured a second back surgery. By 2020, Tiger would have yet a fifth back surgery but somehow found a way to keep playing with more success than most. In early 2021, Tiger was involved in a single-car accident that has led to numerous surgeries and lengthy rehabilitation. He recently stated that his goal was to return to the tour to play a few events each year.
The Master Of Endorsements
Tiger Woods is the first golfer to make his mark on the endorsement world. Tiger was the go-to guy for promoting everything from General Motors to General Mills and American Express. He also collaborated with some big names to create a TAG Heuer watch and Tiger Woods PGA Tour video game. From 1996 to 2007, Forbes calculated that Tiger Woods raked in over 769,000,000 and was projected to be the first pro athlete to earn over a billion dollars.
Taking Golf Mainstream
Tiger Woods seems to be the pro athlete that would take golfers more into the focus of the average person. Even if you do not watch, you know who Tiger Woods is and what he endorses. And everyone appears to be ready to buy or use the services and products Tiger backs.