Tiger Woods Tops List Of Most Googled Athlete In The USA For 2021

Tiger Woods finished above a number of sporting stars to claim the accolade of most Googled athlete in America.

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After announcing his return (opens in new tab) to competition at the PNC Championship on the 16th - 19th December, it has been revealed that the 15-time Major champion is now the most googled athlete of 2021 in the USA.

Woods, who has endured a torrid year after his severe car crash (opens in new tab) in February, has made an unbelievable comeback, releasing a video of himself hitting golf balls (opens in new tab) for the first time in November, just nine months after breaking his tibia and fibula.

Now, the 45-year-old has topped the Google Trends Top 10 of the most searched Athletes of 2021 in America, finishing above the likes of gymnast Simone Biles, American football stars Odell Beckham Jr and Aaron Rodgers, footballer Christian Eriksen and YouTuber turned boxer, Jake Paul.

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In the global lists, the 15-time Major winner ranked second, behind Danish footballer Eriksen, who suffered a frightening cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

The Top 10 list did cause a slight stir, unsurprisingly with Jake Paul, who, after finding out he ranked 10th, tweeted “Google Trends Top 10 most searched Athletes of 2021. Looking like a Jake Paul vs. Tiger Woods fight in 2022."  

Now though, Woods' attention will be solely on the PNC Championship, with the American partnering his son Charlie for a second year. After announcing his return, Woods said  “Although it’s been a long and challenging year, I am very excited to close it out by competing in the PNC Championship with my son Charlie. I’m playing as a Dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud.”

It will be Woods' close friends, father and son, Mike and Justin Thomas who will aim to defend the title they won in 2020, with the two-day event featuring a 20-team field of Major or Players Championship winners.

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Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.


Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x