Tiger Woods, who has been the world’s best golfer for more than 20 years, just announced that he’s retiring from golf. Since making his first PGA Tour appearance at the 1996 Byron Nelson Classic, Woods has dominated the sport in nearly every possible way, winning 14 major titles (a record in the men’s game) and 79 PGA Tour events—the most by any player during that span. Here are reasons why Tiger was one of the greatest golfers ever.
There are only a few things golfers can control
- They can decide which club to use
- They can determine how hard they hit the ball
- They can determine how much curve to put on their shots
- And, they can aim their shot in a certain direction based on how they want the ball to curve.
Woods was one of the most disciplined golfers
Tiger was famous for his disciplined and ascetic approach to golf. His focus on game meant that he was extremely successful in meeting his goals. When he won a tournament, he would congratulate his opponents graciously and credit them with making him a better player. Even though he is no longer as dominant on the course as he once was, Tiger remains one of the all-time greats because of his unmatched commitment to excellence in everything he does.
He made every single shot important
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His long game had no weak points
Tiger Woods was one of the most successful golfers of all time. He won thirteen major tournaments, including six straight U.S. Opens and four consecutive Masters Titles and was named PGA Player of the Year twice, among other accomplishments. His long game had no weak points and he often relied on his length off the tee to advance out of rough-fairway situations and to set up easier approach shots or putts on the green.
He made competition fun
Despite not having won a major championship since 2008, Tiger Woods still ranks as one of the most iconic and accomplished athletes in history. As an African-American superstar who has faced racial prejudice and even death threats throughout his illustrious career, he has arguably faced more scrutiny than any athlete in history – yet he also transcended golf to become one of the richest celebrities on earth. Woods is singularly responsible for making competition fun again.
He dominated both the course and life
Tiger was so successful at golf that his net worth was estimated to be $600 million in 2007. This put him on the same wealth ranking as David Letterman, Steven Spielberg, and Oprah Winfrey at the time. He has won more than 100 tournaments all over the world, including 12 majors and 3 World Golf Championships. Not only has he dominated on courses around the world, but his success has also extended into his personal life.
He won thirteen major tournaments, including six straight U.S. Opens and four consecutive Masters Titles and was named PGA Player of the Year twice, among other accomplishments. His long game had no weak points and he often relied on his length off the tee to advance out of rough-fairway situations and to set up easier approach shots or putts on the green. This put him on the same wealth ranking as David Letterman, Steven Spielberg, and Oprah Winfrey at the time.