Tiger Woods is in hospital after suffering multiple leg injuries in a car crash. Many from the golfing world and beyond are wishing him a swift and full recovery, but some fear this could mark the end of the 45-year-old’s glittering career.
So what more do we know about the man considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time?
He was a child prodigy
As young as 10 months, Wood’s eye for a ball and an impressive swing had been spotted by his father Earl, who fashioned him a set of clubs and was his earliest teacher.
At two, his potential was already getting wider notice and he was invited onto a TV show alongside the legendary comedian Bob Hope to show off his skills.
Just months later, he won a competition for children under 10 – and so began a dazzling ascent through the junior game that saw him win tournament after tournament, collecting accolades and breaking records as he went.
By the time he turned professional in 1996, he had won six USGA national championships and an unprecedented three consecutive US amateur titles.
The man with the Midas Touch
In 1997, a year after he turned pro, Woods won his first professional major, the Masters.
He was only 21 and had not only become the tournament’s youngest winner and first person of colour crowned champion, but he had also become the youngest golfer to be ranked No 1 in the world.
By 2008, he had won 14 major golfing titles, and he jointly holds the record for most PGA Tour wins at 82 with Sam Snead and is three behind Jack Nicklaus’ mark of 18 major titles.
Along with the championship wins came the sponsorship deals, and his deals with Nike and Titleist in the early days of his pro career were some of the most lucrative ever seen in golf at the time.
Over the course of his career, Woods has earned $1.5bn (£1.05bn) from endorsements, appearances and course design fees, according to Forbes magazine.
In 2004, his gilded life seemed complete when he married former model Elin Nordegren, the daughter of a Swedish politician and radio journalist, and had two children – Sam, a daughter, born in 2007, and son Charlie in 2009.
A man of ‘Cablinasian’ heritage
His father Earl Woods, a lieutenant colonel in the US army, was of African-American, Chinese and Native American descent. His mother, Kultida, is of Thai, Chinese and Dutch descent.
The golfing champion told Oprah Winfrey in 1997 that it bothered him when people called him an African-American.
“Growing up, I came up with this name: I’m a Cablinasian,” he said, to describe his heritage mix of Caucasian, black, Indian and Asian.
Tiger’s style upgrade, Morikawa’s engagement and the ultimate golf……
1. Collin Morikawa and Katherine Zhu get engaged
Collin Morikawa may have lost his five-shot lead on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge and pushed back his opportunity to become World No. 1, but it was still a week to remember for the 24-year old. Morikawa got engaged to longtime girlfriend Kat on November 30th and shared the news via Instagram.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Kat, here are some fun facts about her:
a) She’s Canadian! Kat is from Vancouver, but will hopefully root for Team USA in the Presidents Cup. Only time will tell.
b) She’s a REALLY good golfer. Kat played golf at Pepperdine University, where she maintained a scoring average of 76.54. Check out her swing:
c) She and Collin have a REALLY cute dog named Koa. They even have an Instagram account for their pup, who appears to be living quite the life.
The guy’s had it all in 2021: a major championship victory, a Ryder Cup win and … someone to personally curate his playlists for him. And a silver lining for the future Mr. and Mrs.: there’s no question what the highlight of young Collin’s week was. Congrats, you two! And shoutout to Keith Pelley for respecting the proposal embargo.
2. The latest TaylorMade shoot post
Attend a major. Play a few top courses. Tee it up overseas. Make an ace. These golf bucket list items are good, but I have set my heart on something even better (and significantly less likely to happen). I want to attend a TaylorMade shoot, and I’m about to convince you why you should, too.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall here! First off, the TaylorMade staff is stacked — Tiger, Rahm, Rory, Morikawa, DJ, the list goes on. Watching these guys yuck it up in a no-pressure situation is the dream of every golf social manager. And if last year’s TaylorMade Christmas card won’t convince you … well then, I don’t know what to tell you.
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas, from #TeamTaylorMade! pic.twitter.com/2ec6Z71EVX
I can’t wait to see what Team TaylorMade came up with for this year’s card.
3. Viktor Hovland at the airport.
There are a handful of things in this life I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand: fax machines, trigonometry and, most pressingly, Viktor Hovland’s social media presence. He’s not on Twitter, but his Instagram is equal parts confusing and hilarious.
Anyway, I stumbled across this tweet last week and didn’t think much of it… until he won the Hero World Challenge on Sunday.
It’s incredible how down to earth Twitterless Victor is. Just saw him at Nassau airport. The girl behind hm asked what he did.
Hovland: ‘I live in Oklahoma and play a bit of golf’.
Come on! You are actually the world No9!!!#HeroWorldChallenge
Viktor Hovland, four-time PGA Tour winner, plays “a bit of golf!” I love it. He’s now the No. 7 player in the world. That’d be like Taylor Swift saying she writes “a bit of music.” Or Leo DeCaprio saying he “does a little bit of acting.”
The fact Viktor went out and won the event a few days after this happened makes it even better.
4. Kisner and JT’s college football bet
I love when pro golfers get into sports rivalries on Twitter. Alabama played Georgia on Saturday, which meant one thing: Justin Thomas and Kevin Kisner would have some type of bet going on. When Georgia lost in 2018, Kisner had to wear an Alabama jersey during the Sony Open. This year’s bet was a little more tame, but still entertaining:
The pros are just like us when it comes to college football! (Well, not like me because I don’t really follow it, but lots of other people do.)
5. Tiger (duh!)
More Eldrick content! After months of silence from him, it’s a treat to see (and hear!) so much of him over the last week. From his press conference to his driving range exploits, Golf Twitter has exploded over his every move. Dissecting a golf swing isn’t my forte, so I’ll stick to what I know best: social media posts.
First, let’s take a look at these photos from Long Drive pro Martin Borgmeier earlier in the week and then Tiger on Sunday.
He’s jacked! The man has come a LONG way in terms of recovery. He went from being unable to walk to being able to swing in a matter of months, but he’s also come a long way in terms of style and I’d like to highlight that here.
Now, I’m no fashionista (particularly not after working from home for the last 20-something months), but I do think it’s safe to say there’s been a lot of growth here. He’s gone from the ultimate baggy dad-fit (nothing wrong with that!) to a trimmer, more tailored fit, which makes him look younger and more stylish. Bravo.
And finally, I’ll leave you with this post. I have no idea what to make of it, but it feels worth sharing. I’d love to know what DJ and Usain discussed at this event. Anyways, I’ll see you all next week.
Tiger Woods One Piece of Advice to his Son ‘Charlie’ That Could Help all…….
Ahead of Saturday’s PNC Championship, Tiger Woods’ son, Charlie Woods, received some putting pointers from legendary golfer Gary Player on Friday.
While Tiger and Charlie were getting warmed up on the putting green, Player gave Charlie some words of wisdom and encouragement:
The PNC Championship, which was created in 1995 and originally called the Father/Son challenge, is an annual tournament that features 20 major champions playing with a partner—usually a family member.
While the partners have traditionally been the sons of the major champions, it has expanded over the years to see daughters, grandchildren and even fathers, as Justin Thomas’ dad will be his partner this weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday, all eyes at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, will be on Tiger and his 11-year-old son since it will represent Charlie’s first true taste of the spotlight.
While Charlie is developing and enjoying success as a junior golfer in Florida, taking part in the PNC Championship means he will be competing alongside some of the best golfers in the world.
His father is among them, and while he figures to pick up plenty of knowledge from teaming up with Tiger, he could potentially learn just as much from the other golfers who will be in attendance, such as Player.
Player is among the all-time greats with nine major titles to his credit, and other multi-time major champions like Greg Norman, Nick Price and Bubba Watson will be there too.
There won’t necessarily be a ton of pressure on Charlie to perform since the PNC Championship uses a best-ball format, but if he can use some of the advice he has gotten to hit some strong shots and even outperform his dad a time or two, it will undoubtedly capture the attention of the viewing audience.
So Sad: The Power is not there, but i can….says tigerwoods
According to Golfweek’s Steve DiMeglio, who’s on the ground at Albany in the Bahamas, Woods hit balls on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week. He also joined the television broadcast on Saturday for 30 minutes and discussed how his practice is going.
“I can hit it. It just doesn’t go as far,” Woods said about hitting driver. “The power is not there, but I can hit drivers. I can hit any club in the bag. I’m not at the point where I can hear it land, OK?”
Next week Woods is expected to announce whether he will play in the PNC Championship alongside his son, Charlie, or not. Woods would be allowed to use a cart.