We take a look at how golf's biggest stars have changed over the years including Tiger Woods, Colin Montgomerie, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy
As we all know, golf is a stressful sport. We take a look at how golf’s biggest stars have changed through a combination of time and the tension of competing at the highest level.
When you’ve been in the media spotlight for almost 20 years, the unrelenting passage of time will eventually be clear for all to see. But events in Tiger’s personal life and a worrying loss of form on the golf course, appear to have added pace to the process.
Bright-eyed and with the world at his feet, when Lee Westwood arrived on Tour he was carrying a little extra weight. To look at him now is to see a remarkable physical transformation. And during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic the 41 year-old was able to keep up with Rory McIlroy off the tee. Evidence that hard work does pay-off!
Another incredible physical transformation. By choosing to dedicate himself to an intense off-course training program, Rory has added power and accuracy to his game whilst also showing the world that top level golfers are athletes. Nike’s main man is a far cry from the slightly chubby teenager who first stepped out on Tour in 2007.
The Northern Irishman and 2016 Ryder Cup captaincy hopeful is a shadow is of his former self. His new gym regime combined with a change to his eating habits, was implemented after his 2011 Open Championship triumph. The change to his physique is impossible to miss, even if he’s still waiting for a return to the top table of world golf.
Surely the most remarkable transformation belongs to 8-time European Tour Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie. Those Mrs Doubtfire jibes, dished out by PGA Tour crowds throughout the 90s are but a distant memory. The former Ryder Cup captain has grown into his new berth as a Senior Tour player, capturing two Senior majors – the USPGA and US Open.
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Some people just get cooler with age. This is certainly the case with one of golf’s most charismatic performers. The unmistakable Miguel Angel Jimenez continues to perform at the highest level – usually wearing a pair of aviators, smoking a cigar and with his hair in a ponytail. Miguel, we salute you!
Lefty is another of golf’s most enduring personalities. The 44 year-old has won a staggering 42 times since arriving on the PGA Tour in 1992. To place that in perspective, Rory McIlroy was just three when Mickelson picked up his PGA Tour card… Could Lefty get to 50 wins?
Hard to believe but Sergio Garcia made his first cut on the European Tour 20 years ago. The Spaniard is now embarking on his 16th year on Tour and looks remarkably similar to the 19 year old who turned professional in 1999.
As you can see, Denmark’s most successful ever golfer has changed somewhat over the years. The long-haired fresh faced version arrived on Tour in 1996 and has just played in his third Ryder Cup, aged 43.