Tiger Woods Net Worth 2024, Biography, Age, Height

By Alice Moreno

Tiger Woods, whose real name is Eldrick Tont Woods, was born in Cypress, CA, on December 30, 1975. He stands at 6 ft 1 in and weighs 185 lb. Tiger is a renowned American professional golfer who swings with his right hand and turned pro in 1996. By June 15, 1997, he achieved the highest ranking of 1. Throughout his career, he has secured 110 professional wins, of which 82 are PGA Tour victories.

He attended Stanford University. Over his career, he has earned over $157,270,557 and a net worth of $1.8 billion. Woods has been endorsed by big brands such as Nike, General Motors, and Gatorade. Born to parents Earl and Kultida Woods, he has three siblings: Earl Jr., Kevin Dale, and Royce Renee.

Tiger currently lives in Jupiter Island, Florida, U.S. He married Elin Nordegren and has two children.

Quick Facts About Tiger Woods

NameTiger Woods
Real NameEldrick Tont Woods
NicknameTiger
Age/Birthday47(Dec 30, 1975)
Weight185 Lb (84 Kg)
Height6 Ft 1 In (185 Cm)
BirthplaceCypress, Ca
ResidenceJupiter Island, Florida, U.S.
CollegeStanford University
ProfessionAmerican Professional Golfer
Turned Pro1996
Highest Ranking1 (June 15, 1997)
Owgr1241st
Professional Wins110
Pga Tourwins82
SwingsRight
Career Earnings$157,270,557
Net Worth$1.8 Billion
EndorsementsGeneral Motors, Titleist, General Mills, American Express, Accenture, Nike, Gillette, Gatorade, Fuse Science, Inc
FatherEarl Woods
MotherKultida Woods
SiblingsEarl Woods, Jr., Kevin Dale Woods, Royce Renee Woods
Marital StatusDivorced
SpouseElin Nordegren
Children2

Tiger Woods Biography

Tiger Woods dominated the world of golf for years. He was the top-ranked golfer from August 1999 to September 2004 and June 2005 to October 2010. During these periods, he won 13 major championships. He stayed atop the Official World Golf Ranking for an impressive 683 weeks.

After a remarkable junior, college, and amateur career, Tiger turned professional in 1996. By June 1997, less than a year later, he secured the number one spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. His achievements don’t stop there. He is tied for first in PGA Tour wins and ranks second in men’s major championships.

Woods has set numerous golf records. He’s seen as one of the greatest golfers ever and is a famed modern-day athlete. His skills and contributions earned him a World Golf Hall of Fame spot.

Tiger Woods Net Worth

Tiger Woods Net Worth

Tiger Woods has made a significant sum from his golf career. He has earned about $1.8 billion, with a record $157,270,557 coming from prize money on the PGA Tour. This financial achievement placed him in an exclusive club.

In 2022, Forbes recognized Tiger as a billionaire. This honor made him the second active athlete to achieve billionaire status, with the first being LeBron James.

In 1997, at just 21 years old, Tiger was already making waves in the financial world. He became the leading money earner on the PGA Tour with a record-breaking earning of $2,066,833.

Estimated Career Earnings

YEAROFFICIAL PAYOUTSUNOFFICIAL PAYOUTSTOUR CHAMPIONSHIPBONUSPLAYER IMPACTPROGRAMEARNINGS
2023$59,560$59,560
2022$43,500$15,000,000$15,043,500
2021$64,200$8,000,000$8,064,200
2020$2,083,038$235,000$150,000$2,468,038
2019$3,199,615$105,000$3,304,615
2018$5,443,841$122,500$5,566,341
2017$0$107,000$107,000
2015$448,598$102,500$551,098
2014$108,275$400,000$508,275
$2,013$8,553,439$150,000$8,703,439
$2,012$6,133,158$516,667$6,649,825
2011$660,238$1,280,000$1,940,238
2010$1,294,765$795,714$2,090,479
2009$10,508,163$240,000$10,748,163
2008$5,775,000$100,000$5,875,000
2007$10,867,052$1,350,000$12,217,052
2006$9,941,563$1,350,000$11,291,563
2005$10,628,024$242,500$10,870,524
2004$5,365,472$1,560,000$6,925,472
2003$6,673,413$700,000$7,373,413
2002$6,912,625$625,000$7,537,625
2001$5,687,777$1,158,333$6,846,111
2000$9,188,321$1,000,000$10,188,321
1999$6,616,585$200,000$6,816,585
1998$1,841,117$400,000$2,241,117
1997$2,066,833$310,000$2,376,833
1996$790,594$115,577$906,171

Source: Spotrac

Tiger Woods Early Life

Tiger Woods showed early signs of golfing genius. At just 20 years old, he turned professional. By April 1997, he had secured three PGA Tour victories, including his first major win at the 1997 Masters. His father’s military background allowed Tiger to play at the Navy golf course in Los Alamitos.

By age three, Tiger scored an impressive 48 over nine holes at this Navy course. At five, he appeared in Golf Digest and ABC’s That’s Incredible! Before he turned seven, he clinched the Under Age 10 section of a competition at the Navy Golf Course in Cypress.

The accolades didn’t stop there. At eight, Tiger won the 9–10 boys’ event at the Junior World Golf Championships and broke 80 for the first time. He won this championship six times, with four wins from 1988 to 1991. He broke 70 on a standard golf course at just 12 years old.

Tiger Woods Career

Tiger Woods Career

Tiger Woods chose Stanford University for college golf. At Stanford, he won his first collegiate event. His college teammate, Notah Begay III, nicknamed him “Urkel”. In 1995, Woods defended his U.S. Amateur title and earned several accolades. 

At 19, he played his first PGA Tour major, the Masters, and won it two years later. By 20, he won three U.S. Amateur titles and the NCAA golf championship. He also tied an amateur record score at The Open Championship. Woods left college after two years to turn professional.

1996, he moved out of California due to its high tax rate. Tiger Woods turned pro at 20 in 1996, securing huge endorsement deals with Nike and Titleist. He was named Sports Illustrated’s 1996 Sportsman and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. 

In 1997, Woods won the Masters, becoming its youngest winner. By mid-1997, he was the world’s No. 1 golfer. In 1999, after a slow 1998, Woods won eight times, including the PGA Championship. He had severe myopia and underwent laser eye surgery in 1999. After this, he continued to win. In 2007, his vision worsened, leading to another surgery.

In 2000, Tiger Woods won six straight PGA Tour events, matching Ben Hogan’s 1948 streak. One win was the U.S. Open, where he set records and won by a 15-stroke margin, earning $800,000. At 24, he was the youngest to achieve the Career Grand Slam. By year’s end, Woods had won nine of 20 PGA Tour events, setting a record for the lowest scoring average. Sports Illustrated named him Sportsman of the Year for the second time. Golf Digest ranked him as the twelfth-best golfer ever.

In 2001, Tiger Woods won the Masters, achieving four straight major titles, termed the “Tiger Slam”. Though he excelled in 2001 and 2002, he faced a downturn in 2003 and 2004, not winning a major. In 2004, Vijay Singh surpassed Woods, ending his 264-week run as No. 1 in world rankings. However 2005, Woods bounced back, winning six PGA Tour events. He reclaimed the top rank in July after alternating with Singh earlier that year.

In 2006, Tiger Woods started strong, winning two PGA tournaments, but missed his fifth Masters title. After his father’s death in May, he took a break. Returning at the U.S. Open, he missed the cut but ended the year with six straight wins. By year’s end, Woods had 54 wins, including 12 majors, setting tour records.

In 2007 and early 2008, Woods performed well. In April 2008, knee surgery sidelined him for two months. He returned for the 2008 U.S. Open, winning a dramatic playoff against Rocco Mediate. Days later, he revealed a more damaged knee, requiring surgery and ending his season. His U.S. Open win was termed “my greatest ever championship”. TV ratings dropped in his absence.

In 2009, Tiger Woods returned to golf, impressing at the Presidents Cup but didn’t win a major – his first such year since 2004. After his marital issues became public in late 2009, Woods took a break from golf. In February 2010, he publicly apologized. Several sponsors dropped him during this time.

Woods competed again in April 2010 at the Masters, finishing tied for fourth. He struggled in subsequent tournaments and even withdrew from the Players Championship due to injury. Hank Haney, his coach since 2003, quit, and Sean Foley replaced him in August. That year, Woods didn’t win any event, yet finished ranked No. 2 globally.

In 2011, Tiger Woods’s form dipped, affecting his ranking. After dropping to No. 7, he improved to No. 5 with a fourth-place tie at the Masters. Leg injuries from the Masters caused him to miss PGA Tour events. In July, he let go of his longtime caddie, Steve Williams and later hired Joe LaCava. His ranking dipped to #58 but rose to No. 50 after finishing third at the Emirates Australian Open. He ended his winless streak at the Chevron World Challenge in December.

In 2012, Woods had mixed performances. He started well in two tournaments but struggled in the final rounds. After adjusting his putting, he tied for second at The Honda Classic, marking his best final-round score in PGA Tour history. After a brief injury, he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his first PGA Tour win since September 2009. He later matched Jack Nicklaus’s record of 73 PGA Tour wins at the Memorial Tournament. By July, he surpassed Nicklaus with a win at the AT&T National, leaving him second only to Sam Snead’s 82 PGA Tour victories.

2013 saw a resurgence in Tiger Woods’s performance. He clinched the Farmers Insurance Open in January, his 75th PGA Tour victory. He took home the WGC-Cadillac Championship, his 17th WGC title, in March. Two weeks later, he secured the Arnold Palmer Invitational, tying a record with eight wins, and returned to world No. 1. Nike celebrated with an ad stating, “Winning takes care of everything”.

During the 2013 Masters, Woods faced controversy for an illegal drop but wasn’t disqualified, eventually tying for fourth. He clinched The Players Championship in May, marking his fourth win that season. But he faltered at the U.S. Open due to an elbow injury, finishing 13-over-par. Later, he struggled at the Open Championship, tying for 6th. In the 2013 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods struggled due to an elbow injury he had earlier sustained at The Players Championship. Finishing 13-over-par, it was his worst performance as a professional, placing him 12 strokes behind the winner, Justin Rose. He rebounded at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, achieving his fifth win that season. Yet, he didn’t secure a major in 2013.

Woods’s 2014 started slow. He withdrew from The Honda Classic due to back pain. Despite playing in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, he appeared in discomfort. Missing the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he underwent back surgery, skipping the Masters. Returning at the Quicken Loans National, he had a rough time and missed the cut. At The Open Championship, after a promising start, he finished 69th. Despite health issues, he participated in the 2014 PGA Championship but didn’t cut. In August, he and swing coach Sean Foley split after four years, marking another shift in his golfing journey.

In 2015, Tiger Woods experienced further setbacks. He withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open due to another back injury, claiming it wasn’t related to his prior surgery. He returned for the Masters, tying for 17th. During the final round, he injured his wrist but continued playing. He missed consecutive major cuts at the U.S. Open and Open Championship, a first for him. In August, he played decently at the Wyndham Championship, finishing tied for 10th. Woods underwent another back surgery in September 2015. 

In March 2016, he announced missing the Masters, marking the first time he missed all four majors in a year. In December 2016, after another back surgery, he took a 15-month break, returning to the Hero World Challenge.

2017 was challenging for Woods. After missing the cut in January, he withdrew from a tournament in Dubai in February. Despite being medically cleared, he didn’t play in the 2017 Masters, feeling not “tournament ready”. Friends claimed he said, “I’m done”. In April, he underwent his fourth back surgery since 2014. He didn’t play professional golf for the rest of the year but returned at the Hero World Challenge, finishing tied for 9th and achieving a significant rise in world rankings.

In the Zozo Championship in October 2019, Tiger Woods nailed his first 2020 PGA Tour event in Japan. After leading throughout the rain-delayed tournament, he finished with a three-stroke win over Hideki Matsuyama. This victory was Woods’s 82nd on the PGA Tour, tying him with Sam Snead for the most all-time wins.

Tiger Woods Honors

Tiger Woods has received numerous accolades and honors throughout his illustrious career:

  • California Hall of Fame: In December 2007, he was inducted at The California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts in Sacramento.
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom: In May 2019, following his 2019 Masters win, President Donald Trump awarded him this prestigious honor.
  • Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: He received this award in 2000 and 2001, becoming the first to do so.
  • BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: Awarded in 2000 for his significant sports contribution.
  • Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year: Woods won this a record-tying four times.
  • Athlete of the Decade: He was named so by the Associated Press in 2009.
  • Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year: Woods is one of the two individuals to have received this honor more than once.
  • Impact on Golf: Since his 1997 Masters win, Woods has revolutionized golf. He’s drawn massive audiences, elevated TV ratings, and significantly increased sports prize money.
  • Madame Tussauds: His influence extends beyond sports, as evidenced by his wax statue at Madame Tussauds in London.

Tiger Woods Stats

Tournament19951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023
Masters TournamentT41LACUT1T8T18
U.S. OpenWDT82T19T18T3
The Open ChampionshipT68T22LAT243T7
PGA ChampionshipT29T101
Masters Tournament511T15T221T3T22T6
U.S. Open1T121T20T172CUTT21T6
The Open Championship1T25T28T4T911T12CUT
PGA Championship1T292T39T24T4112
Tournament
Masters TournamentT4T4T40T4T17T32
U.S. OpenT4T21T32CUTCUT
The Open ChampionshipT23T3T669CUTT6
PGA ChampionshipT28CUTT11T40CUTCUT2
Masters Tournament1T3847WD
PGA ChampionshipCUTT37WD
U.S. OpenT21CUT
The Open ChampionshipCUTNTCUT
WGC Championship1T5NT11191115T9T10WD1T25T10
WGC Match PlayQF2R6411R32R16R161R32R64R32R64QF
WGC Invitational1114T4T21111T78T37T81WDT31
WGC ChampionsT6T6

Tiger Woods Endorsements

Tiger Woods quickly became the world’s most marketable athlete early in his career. After turning 21 in 1996, he signed deals with companies like General Motors, Titleist, and Nike. In 2000, he bagged a record $105 million contract extension with Nike, making it the biggest endorsement deal for an athlete then. This partnership was more than just ads; he had a say in Nike Golf’s growth, turning it into a leading brand. Moreover, Woods earns a share from Nike Golf sales and even has a building named after him at Nike’s headquarters.

2002 Woods played a key role in launching Buick’s Rendezvous SUV, which saw impressive sales figures. He renewed his contract with Buick in 2004 for a hefty $40 million. Additionally, Woods collaborated with TAG Heuer to craft the first professional golf watch in 2005. He also ventured into video games, endorsing the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series since 1999. Notably, in 2007, he bagged an endorsement with Gatorade for his drink, “Gatorade Tiger”; in 2012, he partnered with Fuse Science, Inc.

Apart from these, Woods has had numerous other endorsements. In 2007, he became an ambassador for the “Gillette Champions” campaign. In 2017, after Nike’s exit from golf equipment, Woods signed with TaylorMade for clubs and added Monster Energy as his primary bag sponsor. However, not all ventures were smooth; in a 1997 lawsuit against unauthorized memorabilia sales, a 2014 verdict required Woods to pay damages exceeding $1 million.

Tiger Woods Family

Tiger Woods was born in Cypress, California, on December 30, 1975, to parents Earl and Kultida “Tida” Woods. He is their only child. However, from Earl’s first marriage, Tiger has two half-brothers, Earl Woods, Jr. and Kevin Dale Woods, and a half-sister, Royce Renee Woods. Earl, a retired U.S. Army officer and Vietnam War veteran, had African-American roots with traces of European, Native American, and possibly Chinese ancestry. He was also a talented amateur golfer and one of the early African-American college baseball players at Kansas State University. By the age of 11, Tiger was already beating him in golf.

Kultida, originally from Thailand, met Earl during his 1968 tour of duty. She has Thai, Chinese, and Dutch heritage. Their family’s love for golf extends to the next generation. Tiger’s niece, Cheyenne Woods, turned professional in 2012 after playing for the Wake Forest University golf team.

Tiger Woods Personal Life

Eldrick, Tiger Woods’s first name, was a special choice by his mother. It starts with an “E” for Earl, his father, and ends with a “K” for Kultida, his mother. His middle name, Tont, is of Thai origin. The nickname “Tiger” was given to honor his father’s friend, Colonel Vuong Dang Phong of South Vietnam, who was also called Tiger.

In December 2009, facing personal challenges and injuries, Woods took a break from golf until April 2010. This was to address issues in his marriage with Elin. He confessed to several marital affairs, leading to their eventual divorce.

While many know him for golf, Woods initially aspired to be a baseball player. This dream was short-lived due to a rotator cuff injury.

Tiger Woods Education

Tiger Woods went to Western High School in Anaheim, CA. There, he achieved numerous accolades in golf, earning titles like Golf Digest Amateur Player of the Year and Golfweek National Amateur of the Year. He was a key member of the school’s golf team. Upon graduating in 1994, his peers voted him “most likely to succeed”.

His exceptional golf skills caught the eye of many colleges. Tiger chose Stanford University, known for winning the 1994 NCAA Division I championship. He started there in the fall of 1994 on a golf scholarship.

At Stanford, Tiger studied economics. His teammates, recognizing his distinct personality, gave him a playful nickname: Urkel.

Tiger Woods Philanthropy

In 1996, Tiger Woods and his father, Earl Woods, founded the TGR Foundation in Irvine, California. Their mission was to support community programs that enhance children’s health, education, and well-being in America. Starting as a junior golf clinic, it introduced inner-city kids to golf basics.

The foundation’s work is vast. It offers educational programs at the Anaheim Learning Center, focusing on STEM for high school students. Every year, the foundation grants full college scholarships to 25 students, especially those from challenging backgrounds or lacking financial means. Additionally, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they launched the Pathways Forward initiative. This event raises funds for educators and students affected by the pandemic, equipping students with essential business skills. Further, the TGRF set up the Tiger Woods Learning Center, a 23-acre facility in Southern California, emphasizing empowering underprivileged minority students. The aim is to equip them with the necessary academic and future success tools.

Since its inception, the TGR Foundation has made significant strides. It has raised nearly $150 million, enabling a comprehensive scholarship program launch. Inspired by Tiger’s late father, this program provides financial aid, mentorship, internships, workshops, and more, preparing students for fruitful futures.

Conclusion

Tiger Woods stands as a monumental figure in the world of sports, particularly in golf. From his prodigious talent displayed at a young age to his unparalleled success on the professional circuit, Woods has solidified his place as one of the greatest golfers ever. His journey, marked by personal and professional highs and lows, showcases resilience and determination. Beyond his athletic achievements, Tiger’s commitment to giving back is evident in his philanthropic endeavors, especially through the TGR Foundation. Established with a vision to empower underprivileged children, the foundation’s education and community support efforts are commendable. In essence, Woods is not just a golf legend but also a beacon of hope and inspiration, demonstrating that one can make a lasting impact on the world with talent, hard work, and a heart for the community.

FAQs

How is Tiger Woods so famous?

Tiger Woods, a professional golfer since 1996, boasts 106 worldwide wins and 15 major championships, affirming his legendary status in the sport. Beyond golf, he’s a savvy entrepreneur, managing various ventures through TGR Ventures, including golf course design, event hosting, and brand management, showcasing his diverse skill set.

How many hole-in-ones does Tiger have?

Tiger Woods has recorded 20 hole-in-ones in his lifetime, three of which occurred during professional tournaments.

Why is Tiger Woods so rich?

Tiger Woods amassed his wealth through stellar golf career earnings, lucrative endorsement deals with major brands like Nike and Rolex, entrepreneurial ventures through TGR Ventures, and successful business collaborations and investments. His global fame, sporting success, and business acumen have collectively contributed to his substantial financial status.

Alice Moreno
About the author

Hi, I'm Alice Moreno. I've been writing about celebrities since 2005. I love sharing stories about famous people and finding out how much they're worth. I studied Journalism and enjoy digging for facts to make sure everything I write is true.

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