Eldrick (Tiger) Woods is regarded as one of the most well-known and greatest professional golfers still playing today. Ever since a young age, Woods showed his passion for the game of golf, and it hasn't stopped since. He was a golf prodigy, beginning his career at the age of 16, and winning his first Masters at the age of 21. He has won a total of 82 PGA TOUR career victories, tied with professional golfer Sam Snead for the most wins ever. Woods has made 20 holes in one, with three on the PGA TOUR. At the onset of his career, Woods began the TGR Foundation, which helps equip underrepresented children with resources for education. Woods now is the Chief Executive Officer of TGR, his multifaceted enterprise, including a golf course design company, an events production company, and even an upscale sports restaurant called The Woods Jupiter.
Tiger began his golfing career in 1992 when he played in the Los Angeles Open, his first professional golf tournament, at age 16. He went to Stanford University for two years and played collegiate golf; he won the NCAA title, six United States Golf Association national championships, and three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles, a feat no one has done before him. Woods decided to go professional on August 227, 1996, and one year later, Woods was a household name, winning the U.S. Masters at Augusta with a record-breaking score, as the youngest golfer and first man of African or Asian descent to receive this award of African and/or Asian descent.
In 2000, Woods won the British Open at St. Andrews, and became the youngest golfers to complete the Grand Slam of professional championships. Woods continued to win the Masters in 2000, 2001, and 2008. Woods had a series of setbacks starting in 2009 after his divorce and rehab. He was successful in the early 2010s again winning tournaments, but then beginning in 2014, his back and knee injuries flared up and Woods had to undergo multiple surgery. Over the next few years, Woods had to have more surgeries and had to put his career on pause to prioritize his health. He resumed professionally back in 2019, and won the Masters that year.
Because of his immense talent on the golf course, it comes to no surprise that Tiger Woods has received many accolades. In 1996, Sports Illustrated chose Woods as the Sportsman of the Year, and again in 2000, another feat no one has accomplished before. The Associated Press selected Woods as the Male Athlete of the Year three times (1997, 1999, and 2000); the only other athlete to receive this award three times is Michael Jordan. French publication, L'Equipe, selected him as the 2000 World Champion of Champions. The World Sports Academy founding members selected Woods as the 1999 and 2000 World Sportsman of the Year.
Woods was awarded Player of the Year by the PGA TOUR and PGA of America ten times in the span of 14 years. In 2000, Woods broke Byron Nelson's record of the lowest average strokes, breaking Nelson's 1945 record of 68.33 with an average of 68.17. In 2019, Woods was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his overall success in the sport after receiving his fifth Masters win.
Tiger Woods grew up in Cypress, California to parents Earl and Kultida Woods. He was fascinated by golf ever since he could remember and his parents helped him pursue his passion. In 2004 during the peak of his career, he married his girlfriend, model Elin Nordegren, after two dating for two years. They had a child together, with daughter Sam Alexis Woods, born in 2007. In 2009, Elin birthed their second child, son Charlie Axel Woods. A few years later, Woods made headline news after allegations arose about an affair with multiple women. The allegations were confirmed true and this destroyed their marriage; the couple divorced in 2010. Woods then went to a rehabilitation center for his sex addiction. In May 2017, Woods was arrested after a non-alcohol related DUI incident and admitted his addition to prescription drugs. He then checked himself into a rehabilitation center for help.
Recently, Tiger Woods has introduced his new girlfriend, Erica Herman, to the media and press.
TGR is a new umbrella company that will encompass all four major business ventures that Tiger Woods manages. TGR includes the TGR Foundation, TGR Live, which is an events production company, TGR Design (a golf course design company), and The Woods restaurant. All founded by Tiger Woods, all facets of TGR ventures were created for Woods to leave behind a legacy greater than his golfing victories.
The TGR Foundation is the philanthropic sector of TGR Ventures by Tiger Woods. It helps students in underrepresented communities continue to stay in school by offering free resources to help them succeed. The TGR Foundation is concentrating on utilizing their award-winning STEM curricula through the TGR Learning Lab, and also positive youth development and self-advocacy programs.
Formerly known as the Tiger Woods Charity Event Corporation, TGR Live is an events production company, managing three PGA TOUR events and both other new events. The three PGA TOUR events are the Quicken Loans National, Genesis Open, and the Hero World Challenge. Woods created two new golfing events called the Tiger Jam and the Tiger Woods Invitational. These events were originally created to fundraise for the TGR Foundation. Since 1996, TGR Live has raised over $105 million dollars for charitable programs.
In early 2020, Tiger Woods hinted at possibly retiring in the near future. At age 44 and with persistent back and knee injuries, Woods is unsure if he can continue this career for much longer. He has mentioned that the golf courses are not like how they were in 1996, and that they are getting longer and bigger.