Tiger Woods, known to the world as an elite golfer, has a long history of being a dominant force. He is one of those rare players who is the master of every single one of his strokes & wins every time he plays! You must have wondered about the first time this golf legend hit the golf course?
Well, you will be surprised to know that he was not even two when he did that! You must be curious to know how he pursued this unconventional career as a pro and became the highest paid athlete today. Let’s dig into it & know more about Tiger Woods’ net worth as of 2018.
Early Life & Biography:
Born in 1975 in Cypress, California, Tiger Woods is the son of father, Earl, a retired lieutenant colonel and mother, Kultida Woods. His father Earl was an athletic man, and it was because of him that Tiger Woods was introduced to Golf even before he turned two. Tiger Woods played with his father, and he shot a 48 over nine holes at the age of three. By the time he turned seven, Tiger Woods had already won an under age 10 competition.
He became the youngest ever U.S junior champion at the age of 15. Tiger did his schooling from Western High School in Anaheim where he won several competitions. He attended the Stanford University for his economics major and won titles like the Stanford’s Male Freshman of the Year, Pac-10 Player of the Year, NCAA First Team All-American, etc.
Tiger Woods was married to Elin Nordegren, a former Swedish model from the year 2004 to 2010. They became parents to two kids before getting divorced- a daughter in 2007 and a son in 2009. Tiger was arrested in 2017 for drunk driving and was fined & ordered probation. Tiger Woods has also dated Olympic gold medal skier, Lindsey Vonn from 2013-15.
Career, Awards & Achievements:
Tiger Woods after being a champion in his school & college life became a professional golf player in 1996. At Quad city classic he accomplished his First top-10 finish. He earned $297,000 and won the TOUR event later. He kept on bagging more titles like the PGA TOUR Rookie of the year and Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the year.
With each passing year, Tiger Woods made himself a successful golfer. He also became the youngest player to win two majors at the PGA Championship. He also won the World Golf Championships eight times in a year.
Tiger Woods retained the top rank amongst the golfers of the world from 1999-2004 and 2005-2010. He is not so active since 2014 due to four back surgeries, which pushed him down the rankings, making him stand out of 100 at 104, for the first time since he turned Pro.
He has done wonders in his golf career winning numerous honors. He has received the PGA player of the year for eleven times. He has also won the Byron Nelson Award eight times, 14 major golf championships and is the youngest player to win 50 tournaments on tour. He received the Grand Slam three times and won 18 World Golf Championships. He has also won both The Silver Medal and The Gold Medal at The Open Championship.
Net Worth & Earnings:
As of 2018, Considered to be the greatest golfer of all time, Tiger Woods has a net worth of about $850 million. He is the world’s highest paid athlete earning a reasonable $100 million per year.
Other than his career in golf, he has ventured into business establishing the Tiger Woods Design which designs golf courses around the world. He also promotes Golf through his “Tiger Woods Foundation.”
He also has sponsorship deals with many firms- a major add up to his fortune. These companies include- Nike Inc., General Mills, General Motors, Titleist, Accenture and American Express.
Golf is a game which is not as popular among people, but Tiger Woods has made it much more famous. He played the game starting at two, a fact that reveals that he is a born golfer who amazes the world with his unbeatable talent. Tiger Woods has faced difficult times & a decline period too. Yet he is shining today on the top of the golfer’s ranking.