Tiger Woods, a story of redemption

Tiger Woods was born Eldrick T. Woods on December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California. His father began teaching him the game of golf when he was just a year old. The youngster showed the talent and zeal going on to become one of the greatest golfers of all time. Owing to his skills, by five years old, Woods had appeared on a number of television programmes and publications including "That's Incredible" and also in Golf Digest magazine.

Early Career

Early in his career, Tiger won six junior championships and went on to become the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur Champion in history. At 18, he won the U.S. Amateur Championship, the youngest to accomplish this feat.

Going Professional

In 1996 Tiger went pro and immediately was approached by Nike and Titleist to sign endorsement deals worth a total of $60 million. Subsequently he was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine. At age 21, he became the youngest winner of The Masters tournament, his first major win, setting a record for the largest margin of victory ever at the event (an astounding 12 strokes).

In 1999, Tiger began a period of sheer dominance. He entered 21 events and won eight (including the final four events of the year), finishing in the top ten 16 times. He shattered the previous mark for yearly earnings with $6.6 million.

Tiger began 2000 in true form, winning the first two events to increase his consecutive win streak to six, and the longest such streak since 1948. Next, he went on to win the U.S. Open by the largest margin of strokes in a major at 15; and after four years as a pro he became the all-time tour money winner. He finished the year winning three consecutive majors after a fifth-place finish at The Masters, becoming only the second player in history to win three in a single season.

While Tiger began 2001 well, his game declined over the next few years, and speculation arose that he was indeed human after all. However in 2005, Tiger won the Buick Invitational, defeated Chris DiMarco on a playoff hole to win The Masters for the fourth time, he also won his second British Open. He then regained his number-one ranking from Singh.

Personal and Professional Woes

2009 was a gloomy year for Woods with allegations of sexual impropriety (addiction) and his subsequent divorce form Elin Nordegren. This caused a great slump in his career as the embattled tiger tried to escape from the woods.

Thankfully, however, he has successfully rebounded and his interest in the game has remained.  He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational recently in Florida, in a "stress-free, five-stroke victory.” It was his first official PGA win since the Thanksgiving Day blow-up in 2009, the treatment for sex addiction and the divorce from Elin Nordegren. Once more, viewership skyrocketed as Tiger played well and was leading.

A golf phenomenon Tiger Woods has had a career nothing short of spectacular. Throughout the course of his illustrious career, Tiger has won 10 Majors, 47 PGA Tournaments, and a combined 36 wins between the Asian Tour, PGA European Tour, World Cup of Golf, and several other unofficial events. In fact, Tiger has almost single-handedly revolutionized the game, spawning a huge amount of interest in the sport by casual viewers. He is the highest-paid professional athlete in the world, having earned an estimated US$90.5 million from winnings and endorsements in 2010.  He has established several charity organizations, including the Tiger Woods Foundation, a charity that benefits children, which he created with his father Earl in 1996, with the primary goal of promoting golf among inner-city children.  Navito. (TCC)

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