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Based on three years of extensive research and reporting, two of today's most acclaimed investigative journalists, Jeff Benedict of Sports Illustrated and 11-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 an American icon.

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.

©2018 Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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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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Disappointed

This audiobook was filled with editorial opinions. While there were several interesting stories about Tiger, it was fraught with subject insight about individual’s feelings. The audiobook was filled with punches and changes of tone by the reader. Also someone should teach him how to say Vijay correctly.

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the narrator was great!

While I really enjoyed the in-depth biography, I can't help but rave about the narrator. sometimes the narration can make or break a book, and here, he definitely brings the book to life!

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Tiger lovers must read

if you love tiger than this book will enlighten you into the many confusing decisions he has made thus far in his life.

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Good story line but annoying narration

Interesting information on Tiger that I had not heard before but awful narration. He mispronounced names, had poor intonation and would raise his voice at inappropriate times. Very annoying to the point where I would not recommend the audio book but would recommend the actual book .

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Poorly executed performance

Interesting story, hard to get past ALL of the mispronounced names. Not sure if anybody listened to this before it was released.

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Couldn't stop listening...

An amazing story about a remarkable person. I'll bet he's got more history still to write. I'll root for him, for sure...

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Great Book WoW

This really was a great book. Very detailed and real. Loved it and I couldn't get enough.

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Good story, terrible speaker

It was a really interesting story, was really engaged. The narrator was pretty terrible. Mispronounced words and names a lot. It also sounded like there were two different sets of voices throughout the book.

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  • Mr J M Williamson
  • 06-12-18

Fantastic Listen for any golfer!

As a keen golfer who witnessed Tiger at is prime, this is a thoroughly enjoyable account of Tiger, both behind and outside the ropes. It gives you an idea of why he was always destined to be a star, but also helps you understand his troubles. Does it change my perception of Tiger? On golf absolutely not, he will always be a legend that changed the face of golf, but as a person I’m not so sure!

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  • Richard Alan Lockwood
  • 05-29-18

incredible story of an incredible player.

incredible overview and well researched book of a difficult man. never judgemental just going on facts and interviews by the end of it you know more about a living legend

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  • Michael Rushe
  • 05-20-18

Enjoyed the Detail on all elements

Maintained my interest. Found the narrator difficult at the beginning but became accustomed to him over time.

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  • Adrian Meredith
  • 05-15-18

warts and all

A great listen. A fascinating insight into his early life through to the many victories and later meltdowns. It didn't make me like him but he has lived a unique life that no-one could really appreciate. How lucky we are that he did come along and shake up this doddery old game.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-18

Enjoyed

You can see his true colors, and exactly where they came from, shows its what you're exposed to and what that can do

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-18

Review of Tiger Woods the book

I feel like this book just a Point to all of tigers faults does it actually say why he was the greatest golfer of all time Never mentions how far in front he was of the next best golfer never mentioned some of the greatest shot he played overall I think this book is pretty average and belongs in some of the In the British tabloids didn’t enjoy it at all