According to theSpun, Tiger Woods has spent the entire 21st century as golf’s most recognizable star.
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Kyle Porter of CBS Sports shared a passage from Tom Callahan’s 2017 book, “Arnie: The Life of Arnold Palmer”.
The anecdote shows the sport’s former greats getting a glimpse of a young Woods’ prodigious talent. In 1996, Palmer and Nicklaus watched a 20-year-old Woods pull out his iron after popping up his first shot. Palmer whispered to Nicklaus that the amateur was “laying up” to set up better positioning for his next shot.
Nicklaus, however, told Palmer that wasn’t the case. Woods instead sent his second shot into the green. Callahan described that story to Nicklaus “as the moment Arnold realized his class had graduated”. Nicklaus, 10 years Palmer’s junior, said the same applied for his class, too.
By that point, Nicklaus was a decade removed from winning his record-setting 18th major at Augusta National. Woods, meanwhile, became the PGA Tour’s 1996 Rookie of the Year and won his first of 15 majors at the following year’s Masters.
Having once looked poised to shatter Nicklaus’ milestone, Woods went a decade without a major victory before triumphantly returning to capture his fifth Green Jacket in 2019. While his latest comeback didn’t garner the same ending, the 46-year-old made the cut in his first competition in more than 500 days.
Although once the young good shot, Woods can now look at the likes of 25-year-old Scottie Scheffler as the new guard ready to shine under the spotlight. He is among the most successful sportsmen ever, as well as one of the richest in the world.
When it comes to firsts Tiger Woods is always present: 15 majors won, 110 professional tournaments, the most successful golfer in the history of this sport. Statistics that explain why he managed to stay at the top of the world ranking for 683 weeks (of which 281 consecutive) and above all because in 2014 he became the first sportsman in the world to have broken the billion dollar barrier.
Astronomical figure that also justifies the fact that Tiger Woods can afford a yacht like the Privacy, a real fairytale boat. And obviously we are talking about something that has cost a lot. If you imagine a luxury yacht and some comfort on board, then Privacy has it.
48 meters long, with a total area of 600 square meters, this yacht was purchased by the golfer in 2004. Equipped with five cabins capable of accommodating a total of ten people, she also boasts four quarters for nine crew members.
Tiger Woods usually calls it “my dinghy” even if everything looks like a dinghy: with a cruising speed of 18 knots, he also has a gym on board where the golfer keeps training. Woods, in fact, prefers to stay on this yacht during the tournaments held in New York.
With cherry wood interiors, Privacy also features an elevator for three people, a huge Jacuzzi, large enough to accommodate eight people, and the inevitable cinema room and corner bar. The extra something for this mega yacht is provided by the area that Tiger Woods wanted to be dedicated to scuba diving: this also explains the presence of a decompression chamber (inflatable) and an area dedicated to filling oxygen cylinders.
The luxuries are also completed by three jet skis and two scooters for short shore excursions. Obviously, all of this has a price: Privacy cost 17 million euros and its annual maintenance amounts to 1.7 million euros.