Tiger Woods is, without a doubt, the most famous golfer in the world. He started winning PGA events before his 21st birthday and continues to have an incredible professional career. If you’re not a fan of the sport, Woods may be the only golfer that you know by name. His talent on the links and his personality has made him not only a world-class golfer but also one of the most famous athletes in the world.
Tiger Woods is also a philanthropist. His TGR Foundation promotes golf to inner-city kids as well as providing college access programs for students from underserved communities. The foundation also sponsors the Tiger Woods Foundation Junior National Golf Team which competes in the Junior World Golf Championships.
The world-class golfer is also a father. He has two children. His son Charlie is following closely in Tiger Wood’s footsteps.
In short, Tiger Woods is a champion on and off the golf course. On his 45th birthday, we’ll take a look at some of the biggest moments in his twenty-five year professional career.
Tiger Woods’ Biggest Moments
With such a long and successful career, it’s not easy to narrow down Tiger Wood’s achievements. He’s a record-breaking champion on several levels and his accolades are numerous.
An Impressive Start
Tiger Woods entered the world of professional golf in 1996 when he was just 20 years old. Not long after bursting onto the scene, he signed some of the biggest endorsement deals in the history of professional golf. The deals were with Nike and Titleist, two of the biggest names in golf.
That year he was Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year as well as the PGA Rookie of the Year.
1997 Masters Win
In 1997 Tiger Woods took home his first Masters win. At the end of the day, Woods had a massive 12 point lead over other competitors. Not only did he take home a decisive victory but he was also the youngest person to ever win the Masters. This was just the beginning for Woods.
Tiger Woods’ Career Grand Slam
In 2000, Tiger Woods became the youngest athlete to achieve a career grand slam. He won all four majors but not in the same calendar year. There is even a grand slam named for him. The non-calendar year grand slam is also called the Tiger slam. This means that a golfer holds all four titles at the same time but not in a single calendar year.
Tiger Woods’ Comeback
Even if you don’t follow golf, you will remember Woods’ struggles in 2009. His personal issues became public and his career and endorsement deals suffered. Woods spent some time out of the public eye. In 2018, Woods showed that he was back in a big way.
First, he took home an impressive Tour Championship win. As the final round drew to a close, thousands of people gathered around the eighteenth hole in anticipation of what they knew would be one of the biggest comeback wins in sports history. Woods delivered.
Later in the season Woods would cement his comeback with a win at the Masters.
World Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2021
Earlier this year, the World Golf Hall of Fame announced Woods as the first golfer to be inducted in the class of 2021. The only thing surprising about this announcement is that it didn’t come sooner.
From his record-breaking beginnings to his inspirational comeback story, Tiger Woods is every inch a champion and he is working to train the next generation of winners.