Golf players come and go very fast, only a few are able to leave a mark on the game and stand out. One of those players is Tiger Woods. Unfortunately, we cannot compare golf players from the past with the new generation of players because they never got a chance to play against each other. That’s why we can’t say for sure who is the best golf player of all times, but we can say who is the most successful and that player is Tiger Woods. He is an American professional Golf player who is thought to be the most successful player of all time. During a period of time, he was one of the highest-paid athletes in the world.
He had an outstanding amateur, college, and professional golf career. Tiger Woods managed to broke many records. He was the No. 1 golf players in the world for the longest time of any golfer. He was awarded eleven times with the PGA Player of the Year award. To this day, he successfully won 14 major golf professional championships only one player in the past had won more.
Background and Amateur Golf Career
Tiger Woods was born on December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California. He has two half-brothers Earl and Kevin and one half-sister Royce, Woods is the youngest of them all. His father Earl who was an athlete himself introduces him to gold at age of two. Woods had the opportunity to play golf on the Navy golf course because his father was in the military. At the age of 8, he won the first tournament available for his age group at the Junior golf championships.
In total, he won six junior world championships four of them consecutively. At 13 he had his first major national junior tournament which he won. In college, he won his first collegiate event under a golf scholarship. At 19 years of age, he participated in the PGA Tour Major master tournament he was the only amateur golfer that has made the cut. He was the first amateur golfer that won three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles. After two years, he decided to leave the college and turn professional.
Tiger Woods Professional Golf Career
He became a professional golfer in 1996, shortly after he signed advertising deals with sponsors like Nike. In 1996 he was named the sportsman of the year and PGA Tour rookie of the year. At age of 21, he won his first major, the Masters. Only two months after winning his first major, he set a world record for the fastest player to ascend to number one in the official world golf rankings.
In 2009 to April 2010, he paused his professional golf career because he wanted to focus on his marriage but unfortunately, they got divorced. That affected his professional career, he fell to the No. 58 rank, later in 2015 he fell to No. 104 and in 2016 for the first time in his career he dropped out of the world top 500 professional golfers.