In 2009, Tiger Woods was the most famous athlete on the planet, a transcendent star of almost unfathomable fame and fortune living what appeared to be the perfect life - married to a Swedish beauty and the father of two young children. Winner of 14 major golf championships and 79 PGA Tour events, Woods was the first billion-dollar athlete, earning more than $100 million a year in endorsements from the likes of Nike, Gillette, AT&T, and Gatorade.
But it was all a carefully crafted illusion. As it turned out, Woods had been living a double life for years - one that exploded in the aftermath of a Thanksgiving night crash that exposed his serial infidelity and sent his personal and professional life off a cliff. In Tiger Woods, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, the team behind the recent New York Times best seller The System, dig deep behind the headlines to produce a richly reported answer to the question that has mystified millions of sports fans for nearly a decade: Who is Tiger Woods?
Drawing on more than 400 interviews with people from every corner of Woods' life - friends, family members, teachers, romantic partners, swing coaches, business associates, Tour pros, and members of Woods' inner circle - Benedict and Keteyian construct a captivating psychological profile of an African American child programmed by an attention-grabbing father and the original Tiger Mom to be the "chosen one", to change not just the game of golf but the world as well. But at what cost? Benedict and Keteyian provide the starling answers in a biography destined to make headlines and linger in the minds of listeners for years to come.
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By Marc Studholme on 04-08-18
For Tiger fans much of the insight isn’t that new, but pulled together well. The books sails past some of his greatest victories and on course duals, focusing on his character and what made him.
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By North on 31-08-18
A well researched book
A full 360 degree look at the life and career of Tiger Woods. Based on multiple hours of research this book is candid, revealing and in some ways eye opening. The book also takes a good look at the actions of Woods but also the impact to those within his inner circle.
Clearly a sporting genius but with deep troubles it poses the question nature or nurture.
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By Bill Pence on 09-05-18
A Balanced Look at One of Golf's Greatest
For this major biography of Tiger Woods, the authors completed more than 400 interviews over a three-year period. Woods declined to participate with the project after the authors refused the conditions Woods and his team imposed on them. Still, fans of Woods will find this to be an interesting, and I believe fair, look at his life thus far.
Everyone knows Woods’ golf accomplishments, so I will focus on what readers may hope to gain from reading this book that they can’t get in previously published books about Woods. We have to start with Wood’s family, and primarily his father Earl. His parents were the only people Tiger could trust, for him, family was everything. Unfortunately, it was a dysfunctional family that he grew up in. Earl cheated on his first wife with Tiger’s mother, actually marrying her a few years before he was divorced from his first wife. In addition, Earl is portrayed as a father who took advantage of his son’s talent to benefit financially, and at least bent the rules on how to finance his travels to amateur tournaments. In addition to infidelity, Earl had vices of alcohol and porn. Unfortunately, some of those vices were passed on to Tiger. Earl would often interject race into interviews, while Tiger tended to avoid the subject. We are told that Earl is buried in an unmarked grave.
We read about a four-year relationship (in high school and college) that Tiger had with Deana, which was abruptly broken off, and another relationship he had prior to marriage. He had his first knee surgery while in college at Stanford.
We hear about Tiger’s conflict with members of the media, primarily John Feinstein and Jimmy Roberts, and his friendship with golfer and neighbor Mark O’Meara and his family.
Especially after he turned professional, Tiger was always under a microscope. Everyone wanted a piece of him and he made millions in endorsements. We hear about his increasing rudeness, failure to tip in restaurants and gambling in Las Vegas with Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan. The book addresses his obsession with working out and becoming a member of the Navy Seals.
Woods was married to Elin Nordegren for six years. The book spends a lot of time on his well-documented fall from grace, detailing his cheating on her, often times with multiple women at the same time while she was caring for their two young children at home. Woods was living a lie as a sex addict. The authors point out that he interestingly played some of his best golf when his personal life was out of control.
The authors state that Woods was in a dark place after Earl’s death. He became surlier with the media and would eventually become addicted to sleeping pills and pain medication. They address rumors whether he took PEDs (performance enhancing drugs), offering testimony from those close to him.
The book details his work with swing coaches such as Butch Harmon and Hank Haney, and in more recent years his injuries, surgeries and missed cuts. It ends with his return to competitive golf in early 2018 and his desire to be a good father to his two children.
The book contains a significant amount of adult language, much of it quotes from Woods. Golf fans, particularly fans of Woods will be interested in this well-researched and written book.
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By Fresh Luke on 03-08-18
Fascinating subject, solid writing, meh audiobook
I grew up one of the biggest Tiger fans you'll ever meet. I've cheered for him since he first came up on tour, and I still think he's one of the most impressive athletes we'll ever get to witness. That's why I was so excited to listen to this book and get to know more about the man I've idolized for most of my life.
The picture painted by the authors differs from the picture I had painted in my mind. Obviously they did a lot more research into him than I ever have, and there's some pretty inexcusable things that he's done in his life that they documented well. That being said, I felt like they oftentimes merely alluded to the great aspects of Tiger, but never dug in deep to that side of the man. Instead, they spent the majority of the book poking holes in his legendary status and making him look like an immature weirdo. Now maybe that is truly who he is, but there's plenty of accounts to the contrary that I've seen other places which never received any attention in the book.
When it comes to the audiobook performance, this was the most uneven reading I've ever experienced. There were times when three consecutive sentences were clearly all recorded at different times. The voice intonations, volume levels, and and tone of the reader would change much too sporadically for my liking.
All in all, I was captured by this book and tore through it, but wasn't that impressed by the quality of it when I finished.
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