Tiger Woods took the game of golf to new levels when he turned professional in 1996. Despite being new to the PGA, Woods had already made a name for himself decades earlier when he appeared on The Mike Douglas Show putting against comedian Bob Hope. During his youth, Woods was recognized as a child prodigy and appeared on magazine covers and in tournaments around the United States. He later attended Stanford University and became a darling of the sports media.
By the time he became a full-fledged professional, Woods had already generated plenty of buzz. It was no wonder Nike made him the face of its golf revolution and the two have been inseparable since joining forces.
Woods’ list of accomplishments is vast and he is widely considered the greatest golfer of the modern era. He has won 14 golf majors which places him second behind Jack Nicklaus. Woods most recent major win came in 2008 as he won the U.S. Open for a third time. He has won each golf major at least three times, but due to injury and personal issues, Woods has failed to rekindle the success he had 10 years ago.
Woods is second all-time in PGA tournament wins with 79. He is just three wins away from tying leader Sam Snead. At one time it looked like Woods would easily break Snead’s record. However, Woods hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2013.
Regardless of his downfall due to injuries and issues off the golf course, Woods will be remembered as one of the greatest of all-time. Woods is still in his early 40s and there is hope he can regain the form that made him the highest paid golfer for many years. Golf fans desperately want Woods to return to the player he once was. However, it looks more likely that he will continue on the PGA Tour without achieving those great heights again.