138 Facts About Tiger Woods


Tiger Woods is tied for first in PGA Tour wins, ranks second in men's major championships, and holds numerous golf records.

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Tiger Woods is widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time and is one of the most famous athletes in modern history.

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Tiger Woods is an inductee of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Tiger Woods reached number one in the world rankings for the first time in June 1997, less than a year after turning pro.

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Tiger Woods was the top-ranked golfer in the world from August 1999 to September 2004 and again from June 2005 to October 2010 .

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Tiger Woods took a self-imposed hiatus from professional golf from December 2009 to early April 2010 in an attempt to resolve marital issues with his wife at the time, Elin.

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Tiger Woods admitted to multiple infidelities, and the couple eventually divorced.

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Tiger Woods fell to number 58 in the world rankings in November 2011 before ascending again to the number-one ranking between March 2013 and May 2014.

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On his return to regular competition, Tiger Woods made steady progress to the top of the game, winning his first tournament in five years at the Tour Championship in September 2018 and his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters.

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Tiger Woods has been the number one player in the world for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any golfer in history.

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Tiger Woods has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record 11 times and has won the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times.

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Tiger Woods has the record of leading the money list in ten different seasons.

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Tiger Woods has won 15 professional major golf championships and 82 PGA Tour events .

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Tiger Woods leads all active golfers in career major wins and career PGA Tour wins.

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Tiger Woods is the fifth player to achieve the career Grand Slam, and the youngest to do so.

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Tiger Woods is the second golfer to achieve a career Grand Slam three times.

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Tiger Woods was part of the American winning team for the 1999 Ryder Cup.

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In May 2019, Tiger Woods was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump, the fourth golfer to receive the honor.

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Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour for the first time since the car accident at the 2022 Masters.

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Tiger Woods is their only child and has two half-brothers and a half-sister from his father's first marriage.

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Tiger Woods's middle name Tont is a traditional Thai name.

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Tiger Woods was nicknamed Tiger in honor of his father's friend, South Vietnamese Colonel Vuong Dang Phong, who had been known as Tiger.

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Tiger Woods has a niece, Cheyenne Tiger Woods, who played for the Wake Forest University golf team and turned professional in 2012 when she made her pro debut in the LPGA Championship.

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Tiger Woods was a child prodigy who was introduced to golf before the age of two by his athletic father Earl Woods.

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Tiger Woods's father was a member of the military and had playing privileges at the Navy golf course beside the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, which allowed Tiger to play there.

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Tiger Woods played at the par 3 Heartwell golf course in Long Beach, as well as some of the municipals in Long Beach.

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In 1978, Tiger Woods putted against comedian Bob Hope in a television appearance on The Mike Douglas Show.

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Tiger Woods went on to win the Junior World Championships six times, including four consecutive wins from 1988 to 1991.

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Woods's father Earl wrote that Tiger first defeated him at the age of 11 years, with Earl trying his best.

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Tiger Woods first broke 70 on a regulation golf course at age 12.

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When Tiger Woods was 13 years old, he played in the 1989 Big I, which was his first major national junior tournament.

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Tiger Woods was part of the show, and he impressed Nicklaus and the crowd with his skills and potential.

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Earl Tiger Woods had researched in detail the career accomplishments of Nicklaus and had set his young son the goals of breaking those records.

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Tiger Woods was named 1991's Southern California Amateur Player of the Year and Golf Digest Junior Amateur Player of the Year.

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Tiger Woods competed in his first PGA Tour event, the Nissan Los Angeles Open, and was named Golf Digest Amateur Player of the Year, Golf World Player of the Year, and Golfweek National Amateur of the Year.

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Tiger Woods was a member of the American team at the 1994 Eisenhower Trophy World Amateur Golf Team Championships, and the 1995 Walker Cup .

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Tiger Woods graduated from Western High School at age 18 in 1994 and was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" among the graduating class.

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Tiger Woods starred for the high school's golf team under coach Don Crosby.

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Tiger Woods enrolled at Stanford in the fall of 1994 under a golf scholarship and won his first collegiate event, the 40th Annual William H Tucker Invitational, that September.

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Tiger Woods selected a major in economics and was nicknamed "Urkel" by college teammate Notah Begay III.

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At age 19, Tiger Woods participated in his first PGA Tour major, the 1995 Masters, and tied for 41st as the only amateur to make the cut; two years later, he won the tournament by 12 strokes.

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Tiger Woods left college after two years in order to turn professional in the golf industry.

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In 1996, Tiger Woods moved out of California, stating in 2013 that it was due to the state's high tax rate.

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Tiger Woods turned professional at age 20 in August 1996 and immediately signed advertising deals with Nike, Inc and Titleist that ranked as the most lucrative endorsement contracts in golf history at that time.

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Tiger Woods was named Sports Illustrateds 1996 Sportsman of the Year and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

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Tiger Woods was severely myopic; his eyesight had a rating of 11 diopters.

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In 2000, Tiger Woods won six consecutive events on the PGA Tour, which was the longest winning streak since Ben Hogan did it in 1948.

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Tiger Woods was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, the only athlete to be honored twice, and was ranked by Golf Digest magazine as the twelfth-best golfer of all time.

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When Tiger Woods won the 2001 Masters, he became the only player to win four consecutive major professional golf titles, although not in the same calendar year.

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Tiger Woods rebounded in 2005, winning six PGA Tour events and reclaiming the top spot in July after swapping it back and forth with Singh over the first half of the year.

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Tiger Woods began dominantly in 2006, winning his first two PGA tournaments but failing to capture his fifth Masters championship in April.

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At the season's close, Tiger Woods had 54 total wins that included 12 majors; he broke the tour records for both total wins and total majors wins over eleven seasons.

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Tiger Woods continued to excel in 2007 and the first part of 2008.

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Tiger Woods had a much anticipated return to golf in 2009, when he performed well.

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Tiger Woods's comeback included a spectacular performance at the 2009 Presidents Cup, but he failed to win a major, the first year since 2004 that he did not do so.

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Tiger Woods returned to competition in April at the 2010 Masters, where he finished tied for fourth place.

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Tiger Woods followed the Masters with poor showings at the Quail Hollow Championship and the Players Championship, where he withdrew in the fourth round, citing injury.

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The rest of the season went badly for Tiger Woods, who failed to win a single event for the first time since turning professional, while nevertheless finishing the season ranked No 2 in the world.

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In 2011, Tiger Woods's performance continued to suffer; this took its toll on his ranking.

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Tiger Woods began his 2012 season with two tournaments where he started off well but struggled on the final rounds.

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Tiger Woods won The Players Championship in May 2013, his second career win at the event, notching his fourth win of the 2013 season.

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Two weeks later, Tiger Woods returned to form at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, recording his 5th win of the season and 8th win at the event in its 15-year history.

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Tiger Woods subsequently competed in the WGC-Cadillac Championship but was visibly in pain during much of the last round.

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Tiger Woods was forced to skip the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the end of March 2014, and after undergoing back surgery, he announced on April 1 that he would miss the Masters for the first time since 1994.

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Tiger Woods struggled with nearly every aspect of his game and missed the cut.

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Tiger Woods next played at The Open Championship, contested at Hoylake, where Woods had won eight years prior.

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Tiger Woods fired a brilliant 69 in the first round to put himself in contention, but shot 77 on Friday and eventually finished 69th.

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Tiger Woods had previously won eight majors with Harmon and six with Haney.

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Tiger Woods said there was currently no timetable to find a replacement swing coach.

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Tiger Woods stated on his website that it was unrelated to his previous surgery and he would take a break from golf until his back healed.

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Tiger Woods returned for the Masters, finishing in a tie for 17th.

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Tiger Woods later stated that a bone popped out of his wrist, but he adjusted it back into place and finished the round.

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Woods then missed the cut at the 2015 U S Open and Open Championship, the first time Woods missed the cut at consecutive majors, finishing near the bottom of the leaderboard both times.

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In late August 2015, Tiger Woods played quite well at the Wyndham Championship finishing the tournament at 13-under, only four strokes behind the winner, and tied for 10th place.

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Tiger Woods offered only a brief comment on the speculation that he was still recovering from back surgery, saying it was "just my hip" but offering no specifics.

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Tiger Woods underwent back surgery in December 2016 and spent the next 15 months off the Tour.

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On March 31, Tiger Woods announced on his website that he would not be playing in the 2017 Masters Tournament despite being cleared to play by his doctors.

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Recovery time required up to six months, meaning that Tiger Woods would spend the rest of the year without playing any professional golf.

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Tiger Woods returned to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

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Tiger Woods then tied for sixth with a score of five under par at the 2018 Open Championship.

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At the last major of the year, the 2018 PGA Championship, Tiger Woods finished second, two shots behind the winner Brooks Koepka.

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Tiger Woods finished 13 under par to win by one stroke over Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.

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Tiger Woods played in his first 2020 PGA Tour event at the Zozo Championship in October 2019, which was the first-ever PGA Tour event played in Japan.

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Tiger Woods, who played a highly publicized skins game earlier in the week at the same course as the Championship, held at least a share of the lead after every round of the rain-delayed tournament, giving him a three stroke victory over Hideki Matsuyama.

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Tiger Woods returned to play in his first professional tournament since his 2021 motor vehicle accident at the 2022 Masters Tournament.

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Tiger Woods made the cut and finished in 47th place at 13-over par, 23 shots behind the winner Scottie Scheffler.

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In December 2009, Tiger Woods was named "Athlete of the Decade" by the Associated Press.

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Tiger Woods was named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year a record-tying four times, and is one of only two people to be named Sports Illustrateds Sportsman of the Year more than once.

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In May 2019, following his 2019 Masters Tournament win, Tiger Woods was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump.

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Tiger Woods's endorsement has been credited with playing a significant role in taking the Nike Golf brand from a "start-up" golf company earlier in the previous decade to becoming the leading golf apparel company in the world and a major player in the equipment and golf ball market.

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Tiger Woods has been described as the "ultimate endorser" for Nike Golf, frequently seen wearing Nike gear during tournaments, and even in advertisements for other products.

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Tiger Woods receives a percentage from the sales of Nike Golf apparel, footwear, golf equipment, golf balls, and has a building named after him at Nike's headquarters campus in Beaverton, Oregon.

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In 2002, Tiger Woods was involved in every aspect of the launch of Buick's Rendezvous SUV.

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Tiger Woods collaborated closely with TAG Heuer to develop the world's first professional golf watch, which was released in April 2005.

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In October 2007, Gatorade announced that Tiger Woods would have his own brand of sports drink starting in March 2008.

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Tiger Woods decided in early fall 2009 to discontinue the drink due to weak sales.

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In October 2012, it was announced that Tiger Woods signed an exclusive endorsement deal with Fuse Science, Inc, a sports nutrition firm.

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Tiger Woods added the 2016 M2 driver along with the 2017 M1 fairway woods, with irons to be custom made at a later date.

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Tiger Woods added his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS, a club he used to win 13 of his 15 majors.

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Tiger Woods has appeared on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid athletes.

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In 2015, Tiger Woods ranked ninth in Forbes' list of world's highest-paid athletes, being the top among Asian Americans or the fourth among African Americans.

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In 2022, Tiger Woods was the first golfer to have a net worth over one billion dollars.

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At first, some pundits feared that Tiger Woods would drive the spirit of competition out of the game of golf by making existing courses obsolete and relegating opponents to simply competing for second place each week.

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Tiger Woods said he welcomed the change, in that adding yardage to courses did not affect his ability to win.

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Tiger Woods has won 82 official PGA Tour events, including 15 majors.

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Tiger Woods has the lowest career scoring average and the largest career earnings of any player in PGA Tour history.

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Tiger Woods won golf tournaments in his 100th and 200th tour starts.

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Tiger Woods has spent the most consecutive and cumulative weeks atop the world rankings.

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Tiger Woods is one of five players to have won all four major championships in his career, known as the Career Grand Slam, and was the youngest to do so.

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When Tiger Woods first joined the PGA Tour in 1996, his long drives had a large impact on the world of golf, but he did not upgrade his equipment in the following years.

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Tiger Woods insisted upon the use of True Temper Dynamic Gold steel-shafted clubs and smaller steel clubheads that promoted accuracy over distance.

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Many opponents caught up to him, and Phil Mickelson even made a joke in 2003 about Tiger Woods using "inferior equipment", which did not sit well with Nike, Titleist, or Tiger Woods.

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Tiger Woods is largely responsible for a shift to higher standards of athleticism amongst professional golfers, and is known for utilizing more hours of practice than most.

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From mid-1993 until 2004, Tiger Woods worked almost exclusively with leading swing coach Butch Harmon.

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From March 2004 to 2010, Tiger Woods was coached by Hank Haney, who worked on flattening his swing plane.

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Tiger Woods continued to win tournaments with Haney, but his driving accuracy dropped significantly.

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Tiger Woods was replaced by Steve Williams, who became a close friend of Woods and is often credited with helping him with key shots and putts.

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In June 2011, Woods dismissed Williams after he caddied for Adam Scott in the U S Open and replaced him with friend Bryon Bell on an interim basis.

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Tiger Woods Design has taken on two other courses, neither of which has materialized.

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Tiger Woods wrote a golf instruction column for Golf Digest magazine from 1997 to February 2011.

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In October 2019, Tiger Woods announced he would be writing a memoir book titled Back.

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In November 2003, Tiger Woods became engaged to Elin Nordegren, a Swedish former model and daughter of former minister of migration Barbro Holmberg and radio journalist Thomas Nordegren.

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Tiger Woods and Nordegren's first child was a daughter born in 2007, whom they named Sam Alexis Tiger Woods.

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Tiger Woods chose the name because his own father had always called him Sam.

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In November 2009, the National Enquirer published a story claiming that Tiger Woods had an extramarital affair with New York City nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel, who denied the claim.

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Tiger Woods was treated for minor facial lacerations and received a ticket for careless driving.

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On November 30, Tiger Woods announced that he would not be appearing at his own charity golf tournament or any other tournaments in 2009 due to his injuries.

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Tiger Woods admitted transgressions and apologized to "all of those who have supported [him] over the years", while reiterating his and his family's right to privacy.

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From November 2016 to August 2017, Tiger Woods was rumored in a relationship with stylist Kristin Smith.

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Tiger Woods was asleep in his car, which was stationary in a traffic lane with its engine running.

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Tiger Woods later stated that he took prescription drugs and did not realize how they might interact together.

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Tiger Woods received a year of probation, was fined $250, and ordered to undergo 50 hours of community service along with regular drug tests.

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Tiger Woods was not allowed to drink alcohol during the probation, and if he violated the probation he would be sentenced to 90 days in jail with an additional $500 fine.

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The wreck was a single-vehicle collision and Tiger Woods was the sole occupant of the vehicle, which was traveling north along Hawthorne Boulevard.

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Tiger Woods was taken to the Harbor–UCLA Medical Center by ambulance.

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Tiger Woods actively practiced his faith from childhood until well into his adult professional golf career.

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In January 2009, Tiger Woods delivered a speech commemorating the military at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.

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In December 2016 and again in November 2017, Tiger Woods played golf with President Donald Trump at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.

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