Tiger Woods and his now
ex-wife, Swedish-born supermodel, Elin
Tiger Woods, who is best known for dominating
professional golf in the 1990s and into the 21st Century, is
currently (2009) ranked first in hte 2009 PGA TOUR FedExCup
Playoff Results, making him the top golfer in the world.
Tiger Woods was the highest-paid professional athlete in
2008, earning an estimated $110 million from winnings and
endorsements. He is the first professional athlete to earn
$1 Billion in sports earnings and endorsement earnings
combined. The Tiger Woods effect on professional golf cannot
be understated. He is by far (at least until his marital
issues came to light in late 2009), the most popular and
best known golfer in the world. Millions of viewers and
casual fans tune into televised PGA events to watch Tiger
Woods, and his presence at a golf tournament is worth
massive amounts of money to the PGA as well as to Tiger
Woods' competitors on the PGA Tour.
In his amazing career, TigerWoods has thus far won
fourteen professional major golf championships, which is the
second highest total of any male player. He has won 71 total
PGA Tour events, third all time. Woods has acquired more
career major wins and career PGA Tour wins than any other
active professional golfer. Woods is also the youngest
player to achieve the career Grand Slam, while being the
youngest and the fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour.
Tiger Woods played at Stanford University for two years
before turning pro. He married Swedish supermodel Elin
Nordregren in 2004, and they have two children. In December,
2009, Tiger Woods admitted to commiting adultery by cheating
on his wife. Multiple women came forward with claims of
being Tiger Woods' girlfriends. On December 11, 2009, Tiger
Woods posted the following statement on his website:
Tiger Woods taking hiatus from
golf--statement posted on Tiger Woods' Official Website
on December 11, 2009
deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt
that my infidelity has caused to so many
people, most of all my wife and children. I
want to say again to everyone that I am
profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness.
It may not be possible to repair the damage
I've done, but I want to do my best to try.
I would like to ask everyone, including my
fans, the good people at my foundation,
business partners, the PGA Tour, and my
fellow competitors, for their understanding.
What's most important now is that my family
has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will
need for personal healing.
After much soul searching, I have decided
to take an indefinite break from professional
golf. I need to focus my attention on being a
better husband, father, and person.
Again, I ask for privacy for my family and
I am especially grateful for all those who
have offered compassion and concern during
this difficult period."
After Tiger Woods returned from his sex scandal
hiatus, he met with varying degrees of success in golf.
For example, Tiger Woods' showing in the 2011 Dubai
Desert Classic shows that he has not returned to his
normal championship form.
Spain's Alvaro Quiros carded a hole-in-one on the way
to an incredible victory in Golf's Dubai Desert Classic.
Tiger Woods and a horde of other big-name contenders fell
away in Sunday's final round of golf.
The 28-year-old Spaniard from Cadiz captured the most
notable victory of his career with a four-under 68 which
included a eagle-two at the second, a triple bogey seven
on the eighth and tellingly an ace on the 11th.
His 11-under 277 total left him one shot clear of Dane
Anders Hansen (70) and James Kingston of South Africa
But Tiger Woods, who started the day in a seven-way
tie for fourth, only one shot behind leaders Rory McIlroy
and Thomas Aiken, slumped to a three-over 75.
The former world number one is still without a win in
the 15 months since his return from a vicious Tiger Woods
sex scandal and his bogeys at the second and third holes
left him with a major challenge, which he failed to