Based on three years of extensive research and reporting, two of today’s most acclaimed investigative journalists, Jeff Benedict of Sports Illustrated and eleven-time Emmy Award winner Armen Keteyian, deliver the first major biography of Tiger Woods – sweeping in scope and packed with groundbreaking, behind-the-scenes details of the Shakespearean rise and epic fall of a global icon.
I found it exhilarating, depressing, tawdry and moving in almost equal measure…There is beauty and awe in this perfectly pitched biography, as we watch Woods’s skills blossom…This intense book gives us Woods’s almost mythical rise and fall. It has torque and velocity, even when all of Woods’s shots, on the course and off it, begin heading for the weeds.’
– Dwight Garner, New York Times
‘An admirable piece of reporting…a rattling read, taking us through the most dramatic rise and fall of perhaps any sportsman in history. Superbly written.’
– Derek Lawrenson, Daily Mail
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 fourteen major golf championships and seventy-nine 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 late-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 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 four hundred interviews with people from every corner of Woods’s life – friends, family members, teachers, romantic partners, swing coaches, business associates, Tour pros and members of Woods’s 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 startling answers in a biography destined to make headlines and linger in the minds of readers for years to come.
Simon & Schuster India