Many people consider Tiger Woods to be one of the best golfers in history. He became a professional player at the age of twenty and won three PGA Tour events the following year. He was the top-ranked golfer for more than ten years and received numerous endorsement deals that boosted his net worth.
Although personal problems and injuries caused Woods to lose his ranking as one of the top golfers in the world in 2011, he made a steady comeback a few years later. Numerous media outlets had reported that Woods had become the first billionaire sportsman, but the honors went to Michael Jordan. Woods deserved just as much praise as Jordan for his massive contribution to golf.
Everything seems to be going well for Woods despite the controversy he faced, Tiger won the 2019 Masters. The prize money from winning tournaments and earning from endorsement deals helped Woods to purchase any form of transportation that he desired. Some of the cars that Woods drove didn't suit his billionaire status, and some of the rides made us green with envy. We wanted to find out how Woods got around the U.S. and the world when competing in tournaments, so we peeked into his collection of the rides he owned.
15 Hole In One - Buick Bengal Roadster
One of the endorsement contracts that propelled Woods to become a billionaire was Buick. Apart from being paid millions of dollars to endorse Buick cars, Woods also owned several models. The Bengal was one of the cars that Woods owned. Woods' Bengal was a sports car that looked like a two-seater, but Woods could lift the rear tonneau cover to reveal the second row of seats, according to Forbes.
Buick wanted to capitalize on its partnership with Woods to attract young buyers for the Bengal. The car had a 3.4-liter V6 engine, capable of pumping out 250 horsepower.
14 Hole In One - Mercedes Benz S65
Most car connoisseurs cannot resist the allure of a Mercedes Benz. The manufacturer has garnered a reputation for producing luxury cars that are reliable and provide great performance. Woods couldn't resist owning the magnificent S65. Apart from the spacious cabin, the S65 offers a 6-liter V12 Biturbo engine, which can produce 630 horsepower.
The car needs 4.1 seconds to reach 0 to 60 mph and has a top speed of 186 mph. Drivers who want to own an S65 should be prepared to fork out $230,000. The S65 has a splendid cabin and a magnificent engine.
13 Hole In One - Gulfstream G550
Having a billion dollars allowed Woods to travel privately. To avoid being bombarded by the paparazzi and fans, Woods bought a private jet. His choice was the Gulfstream G550.
According to Gulfstream, the G550 has the efficiency to fly 6,750 nautical miles and capable of operating out of short-field, high-altitude airports. The jet can transport 19 passengers and has a range to fly 12 hours non-stop. The plane was worth around $50 million when Woods purchased it. That's pocket change when you've got a lot more in the bank.
12 Hole In One - Porsche Carrera GT
Porsche has produced affordable, sports cars for decades, but the manufacturer wanted to produce a top-tier supercar. The engineers answered by producing the Carrera GT. Getting your hands on one isn't the easiest task in the world since Porsche limited the production run to just over 1,200. The Carrera GT has been in the hands of celebrities such as Jerry Seinfeld and Ralph Lauren.
Woods couldn't resist the car that Sports Car International named number one on its list of Top Sports Cars of the 2000s. The car had a 5.7-liter engine that could produce 603 horsepower. The average price of the GT is $450,000.
11 Hole In One - Privacy Yacht
Considering Woods has been in the spotlight since he was twenty years old, he enjoys time away from the cameras. Woods loved his privacy so much that he purchased a yacht to get away during vacation and called it Privacy. The purchase price of Privacy was $20 million. Woods wanted to experience luxury throughout the cruise, so he hired nine staff to cater to him.
The annual running cost that Woods incurred for Privacy was $2 million. It seems that Woods doesn't mind incurring that cost, as he still owns Privacy. He has used the yacht tfor pleasure outside of golf.
10 Hole In One - Hero Karizma ZMR
Being a celebrity allows one to travel in private, drive free cars and ride free bikes. That was Woods' lifestyle after becoming the best golfer in the world and signing endorsement deals with Buick and Hero. One of the motorbikes that Hero gave to Woods was the Karizma ZMR.
The bike has a 223cc engine that can pump out only 20 horsepower, according to Hero Motocorp. The manufacturer didn't produce fast bikes, considering the Karizma ZMR can reach a top speed of only 80 mph. The bike's aesthetics make up for the lackluster performance.
9 Hole In One - Buick Velite
Most of us love sports cars. Having lots of money allowed Woods to purchase any car he desired, but he opted for a free Velite from Buick. The car was a roadster concept that Buick designed and Bertone built. The car's unveiling was at the 2004 New York International Auto Show.
The car featured styling cues that revealed Buick's heritage: the waterfall front grille, elegant lines, and triple fender port holes. The Velite boasted a 3.6-liter V6 engine that could produce 400 horsepower through the 6-speed automatic transmission. It seems that Woods' affiliation to the brand wasn't enough for the Velite to go into mass production.
8 Hole In One - Buick Enclave
Besides the Bengal, Woods also owned an Enclave. Buick gave him the car as part of the endorsement deal. Enclave is a mid-size crossover SUV that U.S. News & World Reports ranked as the most affordable in 2014. The Enclave debuted at a starting price of $32,000.
Under the bonnet was a 3.6-liter V6 engine, capable of producing 275 horsepower. EA Sports ran an online competition for Tiger Woods 08 players on the XBOX 360. The winning prize was Woods' Buick Enclave. The winner took delivery of the car and placed in on sale for $100,000. That's a bit much for an Enclave, despite Woods' affiliation to the car.
7 Hole In One - Mercedes Benz SLR
The SLR stands for Sport Light Racing, and Mercedes and McLaren limited the production of the SLR to just over 2,100 units. Mercedes and McLaren wanted to combine sophistication with performance, so the two powerhouses produced the SLR. The car was capable of reaching a top speed of 209 mph and needed only 3.6 seconds to reach 0 to 60 mph thanks to the 5.4-liter V8 engine, which could produce 651 horsepower.
The automakers produced the car from 2003 until 2010. The price ranged from $100,000 to $150,000. A rare SLR 722 sold for $1.45 million.
6 Hole In One - Lexus LS460
Numerous car manufacturers have used sports events to promote their brands. One of the automakers that used golf to promote the LS460 was Lexus. The manufacturer provided 230 Lexus' to professional golf players at the US Open. Woods was one of the players who emerged from a Lexus.
If something is for free, why not take it? Lexus has garnered a reputation for producing reliable cars, but the LS460 also has a spacious cabin and a 4.6-liter V8 engine that can spurt out 380 horsepower and a top speed of 155 mph.
5 Bogey - Hero Xpulse
The Karizma ZMR wasn't the only bike that Hero gave to Woods; he also got an Xpulse. The manufacturer's intention with the bike was to endow it with the capability of being an excellent daily commuter bike that has great off-road capability.
Xpulse has a 200cc engine paired to a five-speed manual transmission. The bike produces 18.5 horsepower and has a peak torque of 17.1 Nm at 6,000 rpm. Although the bike doesn't produce a lot of power, it has great off-road capabilities and a competitive purchase price.
4 Bogey - Buick Lacrosse
Not all the cars that automakers give to celebrities as part of the endorsement deals are the best models. Automakers want to increase the sales of some models that have a slow turnaround by affiliating a popular face to the car. One of the models that Buick wanted to affiliate with Woods was the Lacrosse.
The design of the car didn't allude to it being an executive vehicle, which Buick regards as the brand's flagship vehicle. The new models have an elegant design, but the one that Woods drove in the mid-2000s looked like a regular sedan. Many people believed that he didn't own one since the car didn't suit him.
3 Bogey - Cadillac Escalade
Escalade is one of the most prominent SUVs in North America. The model has received support from celebrities such as Eminem, Justin Bieber, and David Beckham. Most Escalade drivers don't complain about the vehicle since it provides a plush, spacious cabin and plenty of power from the 6.2-liter V8 engine, pumping out 420 horsepower.
The only problem with Woods' Escalade is that he didn't look after it. After having marital problems, Woods crashed his Escalade into a tree. The car was sold at an auction and ended up in northern Arkansas.
2 Bogey - Buick Lucerne
Another model that Woods had to drive during his endorsement deal with Buick was the Lucerne. The U.S. automaker produced the car from 2005 until 2011. Sales for 2006 peaked at over 95,000 units and plummeted every subsequent year. Buick sold only 20,000 units in 2011. The low sales prompted the automaker to cease production and replace the Lucerne with the Lacrosse.
Buick priced the Lucerne at $40,000 when it debuted. The car boasted a V8 engine, 18-inch chrome wheels, and heated/cooled seats, according to Top Speed.
1 Bogey - Buick Regal
I'm not surprised that many people believed that Woods didn't own a Buick, considering that I struggle to picture him using the Regal as a daily driver. Perhaps, the reason that Buick's sales didn't soar after teaming up with Woods was that consumers refused to believe Woods' ownership of the vehicles.
Buick commenced the production of the Regal in 1973 and kept it on the assembly line until 2004. The automaker revived the brand in 2011. The second generation model Grand National might have looked like a sleeper, but the car propelled to high speeds.
Sources - Top Speed, Forbes & Gulf Stream