Residence: Windermere, Florida
Is there really anything we can tell you about Tiger Woods that you don’t already know? He’s simply the most famous sportsman in the world and the greatest golfer who has ever lived.
He grew up in Cypress, California and at just 6 months was watching his father hit golf balls and imitating his swing. Aged just 2, he made his debut TV performance when he putted against comedian Bob Hope on The Mike Douglas Show. At age 3, he shot 48 for nine holes at the Navy Golf Club in Cypress, California.
In 1984 at the age of 8 he won the 9-10 boys' event, the youngest age group available, at the Junior World Golf Championships, the same year that Ernie Els won the 13-14 age group, beating Phil Mickelson.
Tiger compiled the most impressive amateur record in golfing history, winning 6 USGA National Championships and concluded his amateur career by winning an unprecedented third consecutive U.S. Amateur before turning professional in 1996. As of writing (the tally will probably go up on a weekly basis) Tiger has won 89 tournaments worldwide and sits 3rd on the PGA Tour all time wins list with 63 (the list is topped by Sam Snead with 82 wins).
With his second Masters victory at August National in 2001, Tiger became the first ever player to hold all four Major championships at the same time. He has won an astonishing 14 Major titles - with only 4 more to go to equal what many had thought was Jack Nicklaus’ unassailable record (and I’m sure he’ll have at least one more run at the Grand Slam; winning all 4 Majors in a season).
Tiger has used the same putter since 1999 and has won 11 of his 12 Major titles with this same flat stick banking quite a bit of dollar, which is good as it is the only club he is not paid to use. However, this could be about to change as he was rumoured to have tried a new prototype out at the 2008 WGC CA Championship.
In an injury plagued season, Tiger is still sitting in 2nd place on the money list after only competing in 6 events. His 4 wins, a second and a further top-10 have seen Tiger take $5,775,000 home. Before injury set in he still managed time to rack up 5 consecutive wins on the PGA Tour…quite a feat? Not for Tiger. This was the second time that the great man had done this. However, after reconstructive knee surgery at the end of the 2008 will the Tiger ever be as fierce?