|Capital:||€ 630 million|
|Country of origin:||USA|
|Source of wealth:||Golfer|
Eldrick “Tiger” Woods is one of the most successful golfers of all time. At the age of two, he appeared on television as a golfing prodigy for the first time. During his career, he broke numerous records and demonstrated that golf is not just the sport of white elites. He helped golf to become more popular beyond the United States.
Tiger Woods was born in Cypress, California to Kultida and Earl Woods. His father – whom Woods still calls his only idol – was a Vietnam veteran and lieutenant colonel in the US Army. He was also so enthusiastic about golf that Woods came into contact with the sport very early on.
Woods won his first amateur tournament, the Junior World Golf Championship, in 1984 at the age of eight. By 1991 he had won the title six more times. From 1991 to 1993 he was a three-time winner of the US Junior Amateur title. From 1993 to 1996 he broke another record by also winning the men’s amateur title three times in a row.
From 1994 he was part of the Stanford University golf team, with which he won the NCAA title. Before moving to the professional camp, he studied economics for two years.
Given his extraordinarily successful development as an amateur, Woods started his professional career with the highest expectations. As a result, major sporting goods manufacturers such as Nike offered him advertising contracts in unprecedented amounts even before his first tournament victory.
However, it did not take long for Woods to deliver the sporting success. After three months, he was able to celebrate two tournament wins on the US PGA Tour, which earned him the title “Rookie of the Year”.
In April 1997, Woods made his big breakthrough with his first major win at the US Masters, with which he set a number of records. For example, Woods was the youngest winner with the lowest score to date and the greatest lead over the chasing pack.
Since Woods often seemed to outperform the competition at a young age, he was soon compared to golf legend Jack Nicklaus, who had 18 major wins over the course of his career. As a result, Woods was primarily measured by the win of major titles.
Woods made his second major win in 1999 at the PGA Championship. Record-breaking victories at the US Open and the British Open followed in 2000. Woods had already won each of the four major tournaments at the age of 24. Ten further major victories were to follow in the course of the 1990s.
In 2009, shadows fell over Woods’ career for the first time. In the course of the so-called “Tiger Gate”, the media reported on Woods’ extramarital relationships. The accusation that he had maintained contacts with a number of noble prostitutes led the tiger to withdraw largely from golf.
In the coming years, Woods only participated in tournaments occasionally. However, his comeback has been picking up speed in recent years, as he demonstrated at the 2019 US Masters, where he achieved his fifteenth major victory.
Even though Tiger Woods’ career is full of highlights, from today’s perspective his comeback victory at the 2019 US Masters is inevitable.
After it became known that Woods had developed an opioid addiction in the course of his career, for a long time it seemed questionable whether he would venture back on the professional tour if he was successfully withdrawn. This made the Masters victory a victory over addiction, inspiring many people beyond the borders of golf.
“I have really been blessed by a higher power. I don’t know why God chose me. Everything I dreamed of as a boy comes true! ”
“I don’t measure success by victory, but by whether I get better every year.”
“I try to stay calm in every situation on the golf course. Only those who have inner peace will win. ”
“Golf is not everything and never will be. The most important mission of my life is to become a better person. ”
Woods got the nickname “Tiger” at a young age from a Vietnamese named Vuong Dang Phong
whose side Woods’ father fought as a U.S. Army soldier in Vietnam
In addition to his African American roots, Woods also has Indian, Chinese, Thai and Dutch ancestors
Woods is a devout Buddhist