Tiger Woods is an American golfer who is considered as one of the most successful golfers of all time. There had been many great golfing legends in the history, but contributions of Tiger Woods to this sport is remarkable.
Let us find out some interesting facts about Tiger Woods:
- Tiger was introduced to golf before the age of two by his father who was an amateur at the sport.
- Tiger putted against comedian Bob Hope in a television appearance on The Mike Douglas Show (1978).
- He shot a 48 over nine holes over Cypress Navy course when was just three years old.
- When he was five, he appeared in Golf Digest and on ABC’s “That’s Incredible”.
- Before turning seven, Tiger won the Under Age 10 section of the Drive, Pitch, and Putt competition at the Cypress Navy course, California.
- He won the 9-10 boys’ event, the youngest age group available, at the Junior World Golf Championships when he was just eight years old.
- Tiger won the Junior World Championships six times, including four consecutive wins from 1988 to 1991.
- At the age of 15, Woods became the youngest ever U.S. Junior Amateur champion (a record which stood until it was broken by Jim Liu in 2010).
- In 1992, Tiger was named Golf Digest Amateur Player of the Year, Golf World Player of the Year, and Golf week National Amateur of the Year.
- He enrolled at Stanford in 1994 under a golf scholarship.
- After Tiger skipped the 1996 dinner at which he was to receive the award for top college golfer, he personally wrote 200 letters of apology to the guests.
- At a 2000 tournament in Thailand, Tiger was offered Thai citizenship. He politely turned the offer down.
- Tiger wrote a book entitled “How I Play Golf” (2001). It sold more than 1.5 million copies.
- In 2006, Tiger became the youngest golfer to reach 50 victories at the age of 30.
- He donated $3 million to Haitian earthquake relief in 2010.
- Woods has won a total of 137 tour titles, which include 14 majors.
- In 2000, he signed a 5-year, $105 million contract extension with Nike which was the largest endorsing deal ever signed by an athlete at that time.
- Forbes also estimated his net worth to be $600 million, making him the second richest “African American” behind only Oprah Winfrey in 2009.
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