By Obi Odenigbo
Cool Anniversary is primarily a column on NoCoolStory which delves into somewhat fascinating events or anniversaries- reminding us afresh of their significance.
On this day in 1975, Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods was born. The American professional golfer whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time has been a larger than life personality and thus makes into today’s Cool Anniversary.
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, winning the tournament by 12 strokes. He first reached the number one position in the world rankings in June 1997. Through the 2000s, Woods was the dominant force in golf.
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 ended 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 once again.
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. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record eleven times and NoCoolStory wishes this legend a Happy Birthday.