You probably think you know all about Tiger Woods. He has won 15 major championships, he is the highest paid player of all time on the PGA Tour and he is arguably considered the best golfer of all time.
His electric play since he burst onto the scene 25 years ago has made him an absolute icon in world sport and it’s hard to find a fact you don’t know about him.
However, when you dive into his life away from the fairways and greens, he’s an intriguing character and there’s a lot you might not know about the 45-year-old.
Sadly, he hasn’t hit the PGA Tour tracks for some time due to his serious car accident in February.
We all hope he will be back in great shape and back to compete in the New Year, but in the meantime we have been updated on his rehab process.
Take a look at 10 Fantastic Facts About Tiger Woods You Probably Didn’t Know.
His real name is not Tiger
Although Tiger is a great name to have, it was not the name he was given at birth. His name is Eldrick Tont Woods. Eldrick is a combination of his mother’s and father’s names and Tont is a traditional Thai name.
he is buddhist
Tiger’s mother, Kultida raised him as a Buddhist and as a child he actively practiced the Buddhist faith. In 1996, Woods said he didn’t agree with all of the Buddhist teachings, but still practiced it.
As a child he stammered
As a young boy, Tiger was almost training to cure his stuttering. He once described them as words “lost somewhere between the brain and the mouth”.
He used to talk to his dog in order to practice not to stutter and this personal challenge became a motivation to achieve other goals.
He was the world’s first billion dollar athlete
In 2009, Tiger made $ 10 million for winning the FedEx Cup, which took him to the incredible $ 1 billion career earnings mark.
Until early 2009, Woods had won $ 895 million in prize money, appearance fees, sponsorship, and golf course design.
He has been world No. 1 for 13 years
During his illustrious career, Woods was at the top of the world rankings for 683 weeks, almost the equivalent of 13 years.
That’s more than double the number of weeks Greg Norman spent in first place, which was 331 weeks.
He is third all-time on the European Tour
As we all know, Woods rose to fame on the PGA Tour, but he also has an extremely successful European Tour record.
Although he never spent a full season in Europe, he has had 41 wins and only Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer have more.
He celebrated his 80th birthday at 8
It’s clear now that Tiger Woods was born to play golf and nothing else. At just eight years old, Tiger beat the 80 on a golf course for the first time, which some of us never did.
He’s a writer
Many times during his career he has organized clinics and tutorials for many golf enthusiasts to watch while he offers his pearls of wisdom. In 2001 he wrote “How I Play Golf”, a golf instruction booklet which has sold over a million copies.
He has the eyes of a Tiger
Tiger has near perfect vision in his eyes and this is due to laser eye surgery. After receiving this treatment in 1999, he won seven of his following 10 events.
He almost won 50 times in his 20s
In the early years of Woods’ career, he was simply unstoppable. During his 20 years, he has won 46 times, 16 more than any other player in PGA Tour history in his 20s.