Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods (born
December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer
whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful
golfers of all time. Currently the World No. 1, he has been one
of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years
according to Forbes.
Woods turned professional in 1996, and
by April 1997 he had already won his first major, the 1997
Masters in a record-breaking performance. He first reached the
number one position in the world rankings in June 1997. Through
the 2000s, Woods was the dominant force in golf, spending 264
weeks from August 1999 to September 2004 and 281 weeks from June
2005 to October 2010 as world number one. From December 2009 to
early April 2010, Woods took leave from professional golf to
focus on his marriage after he admitted infidelity. His multiple
infidelities were revealed by several different women, through
many worldwide media sources. This was followed by a loss
of golf form, and his ranking gradually fell to a low of No. 58
in November 2011. He snapped a career-long winless streak
of 107 weeks when he captured the Chevron World Challenge in
December 2011. After winning the Arnold Palmer
Invitational on March 25, 2013, he ascended to the No.1 Ranking
Woods has broken numerous golf records.
He has been world number one for the most consecutive weeks and
for the greatest total number of weeks of any other golfer.
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