Tiger Woods Almost a Navy SEAL? 6 Other Jobs He Would Excel at
Tiger Woods is one bad dude. On the golf course, the man has won 14 majors and over 100 professional tournaments throughout the world, but we can't help but wonder what else he could accomplish if he set his mind to it.
While many will argue that it's Tiger's destiny to be the most dominant golfer of the modern world, it is not fair to simply check off Woods's dominance as a result of fate.
No, there's more to the man's success than that.
See, it is because of Tiger's hard work and determination that he has risen to such great heights in the golfing world, a result of his unflinching desire to be the best at his chosen occupation.
Still, it was a surprise to the sporting world when former coach Hank Haney spilled the beans in his tell-all book, The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, that his ex-student had seriously considered leaving the game to become a Navy SEAL during the height of his prime.
Now, it's no secret that Woods deeply detested Haney's book, which was released in March earlier this year, but it's also quite clear that the golfer had an admiration for the military, choosing to partake in an array of training exercises.
We'll leave the speculation up to you, but even if you don't believe Haney, it's hard to deny that Tiger could have been a Navy SEAL.
This got us thinking: are there any other jobs that Tiger would excel at?
Let's take a look and find out.
Hedge Fund Manager
This job may come out of left field, but those who doubt Tiger's prospects of a career as a billionaire money manager may forget that the golfer has had an interesting track record in the field of finance.
An economics major at Stanford University, Tiger has always had an interest in investing, and judging by speculations that he was a pre-IPO investor in the tech giant Google, his personal portfolio has made quite a return.
In addition to the stock market, Woods has also made serious financial commitments to the real estate market, in the height of the most recent financial crisis no less. Tiger is a primary investor in Albany, a luxury resort community in the Bahamas.
With a net worth in excess of $600 million, it would only take Tiger about another decade to achieve the status of "billionaire," which is a title most of the world's hedge fund managers can't claim.
Professional Baseball Player
No, we're not putting this occupation on the list because Tiger Woods's website is powered by MLB.com; the real reason why it's easy to envision the golfer as a baseball player is because of all the major sports, baseball is arguably the most similar to golf.
From a hand-eye coordination standpoint, or in terms of Tiger's general athletic prowess, it would have been interesting if he would have pulled a Michael Jordan and tried out for his hometown team mid-career.
With the ability to run a sub 4.7 forty-yard dash time and a prototypical center fielder's frame, Tiger Woods reminds us a bit of Matt Kemp with an equal amount of on-diamond antics.
Professional Football Player
Tiger has been on the sidelines of his alma mater's pigskin games before, but it's his feelings about the Oakland Raiders that really shed some light on his admiration for football.
In an interview with USA Today earlier this year, Woods shared that he "love[s] the toughness of the NFL," also telling reporters that:
I love the cerebral aspect of it. Getting to know some of the guys, and getting to see their playbook, now that's something to take in. It's like learning a language. The amount of work they have to put it to make things more reactionary is unbelievable. Most people don't have any idea the amount of work the NFL players put in.
While it may be easiest to envision Woods as a major leaguer on the baseball diamond, his heart may in fact be on the football field. It's too bad that he's already on the wrong side of 30.
Judging by his size, it seems possible that Tiger could have suited up as a running back if he so desired, though wide receiver may fit his skill set and penchant for celebrations better.
If Johnny Miller could do it, TW can. This job is a possibility for Woods after golf, and even though his press conferences may be a little dry at times, the man has a knack for swing analyses.
Coming from someone who has read Tiger's How I Play Golf literally at least 50 times front to back, it's easy to see that he is able to provide easy-to-understand, insightful commentary about the game at a much clearer level than many of his peers.
Judging by the fact that he's currently in the middle of his third swing change as a pro, it won't be hard for Tiger to explain the peculiarities of different golfers' swings to TV viewers if he so desires.
Golf Swing Coach
As mentioned in the previous slide, Tiger is a superb teacher of the game. Whether it's his clever analysis of his own swing or his role in one of the best virtual golf assistant apps the iPhone has ever seen, Woods seems fit—and willing—to help beginner and advanced golfers improve their ability to "go low."
The Tiger Woods Learning Center offers juniors an array of classes at its summer academy, from courses in math and science, to hands-on lessons about club-making, digital swing analysis, and a comprehensive golf instructional series.
When he retires from being a full-time professional in the distant future, it's not hard to imagine Tiger as the Godfather of his TWLC facility, teaching kids the same game that he was lucky enough to learn as a small child.
This is a bit of a cheat, as Tiger is already quite the philanthropist, but it bears mentioning anyway. The golfer's trio of the Tiger Woods Foundation, Tiger Woods Charity Event Corporation and the Tiger Woods Learning Center has compiled more than $75 million in assets and gives essential scholarships to youth throughout the U.S. annually.
Tiger's current head of charitable operations, Greg McLaughlin, has done a commendable job, but it is in the realm of possibility that the golfer himself could have an expanded role as he gets older.
One extra occupation that we could see in Tiger Woods's future is golf course designer, but his half-built course in Dubai lays in waste.
According to his own website, five courses are currently under construction with the most notable being his oceanside Punta Brava course on the western side of Mexico's Baja Peninsula.
Due to the fact that these courses aren't completed yet, we'll hold off on adding "designer" to our list of occupations just yet, but you'll get the chance to vote for it below.
That being said, what is your top pick for Tiger out of the jobs mentioned here or outside of this list?
Let us know in the comments section below.