It all happened very quickly for Tiger Woods. He became a professional in 1996, and won his first major in April the next year. It was a record-breaking performance too. Two months later he achieved the #1 position in the world. Woods dominated almost all challenges throughout the 2000s, and became an iconic player that others tried to emulate. He remained the #1 ranked player in the world for 264 weeks between August 1999 and September 2004, and again for 281 weeks between June 2005 and October 2010.
In his playing career, Tiger has broken almost all the records. Nobody has been the world number one for more weeks than him. He is the PGA Player of the Year for ten times, which is a record. He has won the career Grand Slam thrice. Tiger is however second to Jack Nicklaus in the number of professional major golf championships won. But he will surely overtake Jack by the time he finishes. Tiger presently has 14 titles while Jack has 18.
But it all came crashing down for Tiger Woods when his infidelity scandals were exposed in November 2009. He apologized for his misdeeds, but this did not help. He and Elin Nordegren divorced in 2010. His personal life was shattered and this affected his game too. It took him a long time to get going again.
Annual earnings according to Forbes:
May 2011 to May 2012 Earnings: $58 million
May 2010 to May 2011 Earnings: $75 million
May 2009 to May 2010 Earnings: $105 million
May 2008 to May 2009 Earnings: $110 million
May 2007 to May 2008 Earnings: $115 million
May 2006 to May 2007 Earnings: $100 million
May 2005 to May 2006 Earnings: $90 million
May 2004 to May 2005 Earnings: $87 million
May 2003 to May 2004 Earnings: $80.3 million
May 2002 to May 2003 Earnings: $78 million
May 2001 to May 2002 Earnings: $69 million