Tiger Woods collectibles
Tiger Woods, born Eldrick Tont Woods in 1975, is an American professional golfer regarded as one of the most successful of all time. He has more career and PGA tour wins than any other active golfer, and is the youngest and fastest player to win 50 tournaments on tour.
After winning 14 major championships, Tiger Woods was golf's dominant superstar until a much-publicised sex scandal interrupted his career in 2009.
Woods’ autograph is one of the rarest, and consequently most valuable, on the today’s collectible memorabilia markets.
His is the rarest living autograph next to Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong.
Father Earl introduced his son Tiger to golf at age 9 months. At age 2 the youngster made a famous appearance putting with actor Bob Hope on The Mike Douglas Show.
Between 1994-1996, Woods won three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles (1994-96). In 1996, he turned pro with a $40 million contract from Nike and considerable fame.
Thereafter, Woods won 46 PGA tournaments in his first 10 seasons on the tour. He became one of the few golfers to win all four major tournaments during their careers, winning the 1997 Masters in his first attempt as a pro, the PGA Championship (1999), the British Open (2000) and the U.S. Open (2000).
Woods won the Masters again in April of 2001, becoming the first golfer in the modern era to hold all four major tournament titles at once (the 2000 U.S Open, British Open and PGA Championship, and the 2001 Masters).
Later, in 1999-2000, Woods won six consecutive tournaments. He was the first man to do so since Ben Hogan in 1948. Despite the death of Woods’ father on 3rd May 2006, he won the British Open in 2005 and 2006, and the PGA Championship in both 2006 and 2007.
Personal life and scandal
Woods married Elin Nordegren on 5th October 2004 in Barbados. Nordegren was the former nanny to golfer Jesper Parnevik.
In 2009, The National Enquirer reported that Woods was having an affair with an event planner named Rachel Uchitel. Uchitel told The New York Post that she and Woods had "never had an affair."
On 27th November 2009, Woods had an early-morning car crash outside his home on with gossip sites reporting that it followed an argument with his wife.
Soon after, other women came forward to claim they had slept with Woods before and during his marriage. Woods released a statement admitting "infidelity" on 11th December. After taking a break from golf, Woods returned to the game in the spring of 2010. Woods and Nordegren officially announced their divorce in August of 2010.
Effect of scandal on Woods’ memorabilia values
Said Mike Heffner is president of Lelands, the New York-based auction house, as quoted by the Wall Street Journal:
"I don't think it's going to affect [Woods' memorabilia] that greatly. Other athletes have been through these trials and tribulations, and they're remembered for what they did in their field … "I'd say he'll be more elusive when it comes to signing, which, in turn, will make the value even greater.”
A 2004 Tiger Woods tournament-worn and signed cap went for $9,560 at Heritage Auction Galleries’ Sports Collectibles Signature Auction held in Dallas, Texas, in 2008.
A 2007 painting of Tiger Woods by Scottish artist Craig Campbell sold for £12,500 ($19,000). It was sold by Bonhams on 27th January, 2007.
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