He is without doubt the most successful golfer of the modern era, arguably the finest player ever to play the game. He may not have won as many majors as Jack Nicklaus yet, but still aged just 37, Tiger Woods has time on his side.
And if his sensational performance last weekend to win the WGC Cadillac Championship by two shots from friend Steve Stricker is anything to go by, he’ll be looking to line up Major title number 15 at the Masters in April.
In this article, we’ll take a look at what the future holds, some past glories and tribulations as well as what Tiger Woods has in the bag for 2013!
FACTFILE: Tiger Woods
Player Name: Eldrick Tont (Tiger) Woods
Place of Birth: Cypress, California. United States of America
Club Sponsor: Nike
Major Wins (14) : US Masters (4, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005), US Open (3, 2000, 2002, 2008), Open Championship (3, 2000, 2005, 2006), USPGA Championship (4, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007)
Other Tournament Wins : 89 (103 wins in total)
Current World Ranking: 2nd
In The Bag with Tiger Woods 2013
Driver: Nike Victory Red Driver
Fairway Woods: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition Fairway Wood & Nike VR S Covert Tour Fairway Wood
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades – Tiger elects to either play with a 2-Iron or a 5-Wood in his bag depending on the course and conditions.
Wedges: Nike VR Pro Forged Wedge
Putter: Nike Method 001 Putter
Ball: Nike ONE Tour D Ball
(Pic or video of any of the above clubs)
Career Highlights: Woods career highlights could be an article in their own right, so the highlights of the many highlights include:
- Winning the Masters in April 1997 as the youngest ever player to win the event.
- Becoming the quickest ever player to become World Number 1 in June 1997.
- 8 Wins in 1999, the first time a golfer had achieved this feat since 1974.
- In 2000 Woods achieved six tournament victories in a row – the longest winning streak since 1948.
- In the 2000 US Open, he achieved victory breaking nine tournament records en-route to the title.
- When Woods won the 2001 Masters, he became the first player to hold all four Major’s at the same time (Nicknamed the Tiger Slam) after he won the British Open, US Open and USPGA in 2000.
- In 2008, despite being in pain from knee surgery in April, he lifted the US Open prompting golfer Kenny Perry to quip “He beat everybody on one leg”.
- Woods is the 2nd All time and 3rd All time winning player on the USPGA and European Tour respectively.
- Lastly, there is this shot from the 2005 Masters, which is viewed by many as being the greatest golf shot ever.
Career Lowpoints: Although Tiger’s low point in his career and life was the unsavoury allegations of his indiscretions behind then-wife Elin Nordgren’s back with several women, in terms of his golfing career alone, Tiger’s lean period coincided with the spell he returned to the game after those allegations.
In 2010 and 2010, he failed to win a single tournament, finishing 68th and then 128th on the money list respectively. He was also struggling with a new swing, developed under swing coach Sean Foley, at the time with many experts writing off Woods chances of ever returning to the dominant form he showed since starting on the tour in 1996.
They would be proven wrong.
What does the future hold for Tiger Woods?
Since 2012, Woods has won five tournaments, risen back up the rankings to 2nd in the world, finished 2nd on the money list last year on the USPGA Tour and currently lies in second place in the 2013 list. It seems that he has the World Number 1 slot, currently occupied by Rory McIlroy well within his sight.
Also within his sight is Jack Nicklaus 18-Major titles record with many experts feeling that Tiger is now in a fantastic position to end his Major drought, which extends back to the 2008 US Open. The Masters in April, which Woods has won four times already, looks a very real target.
Which when taken into consideration with his past achievements means only one thing, Tiger Woods doesn’t just want to become the best player in the world again, and the leader in the number of Majors won, but to confirm his status as the greatest golfer ever.
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