- Category: Sports
- Created on 10 April 2014
- Written by Angelique Williams , Journalism Intern
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As many of you know Tiger Woods is back in the game and he’s taking the number one spot.
Tiger Woods is know to many as the most successful African American ever to play golf on a professional level. He is making a comeback after going through issues with his personal life and marriage over that last few years.
Born Eldrick Tont Woods, his father Earl Woods who played the golf as an amateur introduced Tiger to the game at a young age. He began to show great skill for the sport while practicing with his dad. At the age of 21 he won the U.S. Masters at Augusta, with a record setting score. He then became the youngest man and first African American to earn the title.
Leaving college after two years he turned pro and began receiving lucrative endorsements deals. A deal he received from Nike would make Golf history.
Playing at the professional level he would win numerous titles and games leading him to be one of the most successful golfers.
He experienced his greatest loss in 2006. His father died after battling prostate cancer. He took to his website at the time to write, "My dad was my best friend and greatest role model, and I will miss him deeply." Despite his grief, Woods returned to golf and won several events, including the PGA championship and the British Open.
Receiving all of the media’s attention he would soon gain lots of it in his personal life. Troubles he was facing in his marriage with now ex wife Elin Nordegren (a Swedish model, he married back in October of 2004) was now coming to light.
The ultimate downfall would come when a number of women came out saying they had an affair with the famous golfer. He publicly apologized to his family, friends and fans. Day’s later endorsers would drop any contract they had with him.
Recovering from media embarrassment, today he is making headlines as reclaiming the Top Spot. Top endorser Nike has even released new promo pictures on Facebook and Twitter of the golfer.
Photo credit: Nike