Tiger Woods

At the turn of the 20th century, golfer Tiger Woods appeared to many the Second Coming of Jack Nicklaus. With ample media saturation from Nike and other corporate endorsees, Woods made himself arguably the most dynamic ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1975 in Cypress, California, USA


Actor (23)

Celebrity Debut 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Video Game Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Lincoln Financial Group Battle at Bighorn 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


The 2002 ESPY Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Golf Digests 10 Defining Moments 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Headliners & Legends: Tiger Woods 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Lincoln Financial Group Battle at Bighorn 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Nicklaus: A Final March Through the Majors 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The 2001 ESPY Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Sports Illustrated's 20th Century Sports Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


The Battle at Bighorn 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Motorola Showdown at Sherwood 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


MasterCard PGA Grand Slam 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Barbara Walters Presents: 6 to Watch 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Tiger Woods: Son, Hero and Champion 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The Fourth Annual Trumpet Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (04/02/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)



At the turn of the 20th century, golfer Tiger Woods appeared to many the Second Coming of Jack Nicklaus. With ample media saturation from Nike and other corporate endorsees, Woods made himself arguably the most dynamic young performer the sport of golf had ever seen. A near legendary prodigy, Woods was winning nearly every juvenile and amateur tournament and skills competition he entered. He turned pro in 1996 to much fanfare, winning his first tournament and being lauded as Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year, PGA Player of the Year and the AP's Male Athlete of the Year, going on to multiply such laurels over the course of his career. In 1997, he became the youngest golfer to win a PGA "major" and seemed destined to top the likes of Nicklaus and Sam Snead in total tour wins and major titles. His endorsements made him a pop cultural icon beyond his sport, with total earnings topping $100 million annually by 2009. However, golf's golden boy fell far and hard from his lofty perch that same year in the wake of an exposé of numerous extramarital affairs, treatment for sex addiction, and a prolonged absence from the game - all of which resulted in inconsistent play thereafter. A once-in-a-generation talent who became one of the biggest cautionary tales of the cult of celebrity, Woods nevertheless continued land among the highest-paid pro athletes in the world, likely on his way to becoming the best ever at his sport.



Born 1958 to Earl Woods and Barbara Woods Gray


Born 1957 to Earl Woods and Barbara Woods Gray

Elin Nordegren

Met during 2001 Open Championship Engaged November 2003 Married Oct. 5, 2004 Reports surfaced 2009 that Woods engaged in extramarital affairs with various women Divorced Aug. 23, 2010

Lindsey Vonn Guest

Reportedly began dating March 2013

Earl Woods Actor

Born March 5, 1932; retired lieutenant colonel in U.S. Army Died May 3, 2006

Kultida Woods

Born 1944 in Thailand

Sam Woods

Born June 18, 2007; mother, Elin Nordegren

Charlie Woods

Feb. 8, 2009; mother, Elin Nordegren

Earl Woods

Born 1955 to Earl Woods and Barbara Woods Gray


Stanford University

Attended on a golf scholarship; majored in Economics; left college after two years and turned professional

Western High School

Was voted "Most Likely To Succeed"



Returned to professional competition at the Masters Tournament and tied for fourth


Announced he was taking an indefinite break from competitive golf, following the media frenzy that erupted from reports of his marital infidelities


Made his much anticipated return at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament


Won the U.S. Open, his 14th major championship; two days later, announced he was about to undergo reconstructive anterior cruciate ligament surgery on his left knee and would miss the remainder of the 2008 golf season including The Open Championship and t


Underwent his third left knee arthroscopic surgery in Park City, UT, and missed two months on the PGA Tour


Finished tied for second two strokes behind winner Zach Johnson at the Masters Tournament; won the PGA Championship and became the first golfer to win the title in back-to-back seasons on two different occasions: 1999–2000 and 2006–2007


Gatorade released Woods' own brand of sports drink, "Gatorade Tiger"; deal was his first with a beverage company and his first licensing agreement


Took a 9-week hiatus from the PGA Tour following the death of his father; won the 2006 Open Championship and the PGA Championship


Signed a six-year contract with Electronic Arts, publisher of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour video game series


Was the featured subject of the CBS documentary special "Tiger at 30"


After a brief career slump, Woods re-emerged and won the Masters Tournament, the 2005 Open Championship, and the World Golf Championships


Appeared on ABC's "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade"


Collaborated closely with TAG Heuer to develop the world's first professional golf watch


Underwent second surgical procedure in Dec. 2002


Signed a 5-year, $105 million contract extension with Nike, the largest endorsing deal ever signed by an athlete at the time


Became the youngest golfer to achieve the Career Grand Slam; also became only the second man, after Lee Trevino in 1971, to win the Triple Crown of Golf (U.S., British, and Canadian Opens) in one year


Won the Memorial Tournament and the PGA Championship


Became the youngest and the first African American golfer to win The Masters; named PGA Player of the Year, the first to win the award the year following his rookie season


Turned pro in Aug. 1996; signed endorsement deals worth $40 million from Nike, Inc. and $20 million from Titleist; named Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year


Defended his U.S. Amateur title; was voted Pac-10 Player of the Year, NCAA First Team All-American, and Stanford's Male Freshman of the Year; participated in his first PGA Tour major, the 1995 Masters Tournament, and tied for 41st place


Graduated from Western High School in Anaheim, CA


Obtained a golf scholarship and enrolled at Stanford University


Became the youngest-ever winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship; he held the record until 2008 when it was broken by Danny Lee; underwent his first surgery when he had a benign tumor removed from his left knee


Competed in his first PGA Tour event, the Nissan Los Angeles Open


Became the youngest ever U.S. Junior Amateur Champion; voted Southern California Amateur Player of the Year for the second consecutive year and Golf Digest Junior Amateur Player of the Year


Won the 9-10 boys' event, the youngest age group available, at the Junior World Golf Championships; won the Junior World Championships six times, including four consecutive wins from 1988 to 1991


Made first TV appearance on CBS' "The Mike Douglas Show"; a young Woods putted against comedian Bob Hope

Introduced to golf before the age of two by his father Earl, amateur golfer and one of the first African American college baseball players at Kansas State University

Bonus Trivia


Woods got his nickname from a Vietnamese soldier friend of his father, Vuong Dang Phong, to whom his father had also given the nickname "Tiger."


On Nov. 25, 2009, tabloid newspaper The National Enquirer published a story claiming Woods had an extramarital affair with Rachel Uchitel, a nightclub manager. A day-and-a-half after the article came out, Woods was involved in a car accident, where he crashed his 2009 Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and a tree on his neighbor's property. Interest grew like wildfire after more than a dozen women, including San Diego cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs, claimed they also had longtime affairs with Woods. On December 11, Woods issued a statement where he admitted his infidelity, apologized, and announced he was taking an indefinite hiatus from professional golf. The following day, several companies reconsidered endorsement deals with the athlete, including retail brands Gillette and Gatorade, and management consultancy firm Accenture. Woods delivered a televised speech on Feb. 19, 2010 at the PGA Tour headquarters in Florida, admitting his infidelities and apologizing for his actions. Woods and his wife Elin Nordegren officially divorced on Aug. 23, 2010.


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