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Tiger Woods, who recently reached billionaire status, pulled off an impossible stunt to promote a hit video game

Tiger Woods recently became the third athlete to join the billion dollar club. He is one of the most successful golfers in the history of the sport. However, fans may not know that he pulled off something mystical in 2009 to promote a video game.

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American games company Electronic Arts partnered with golfing legend Tiger Woods in 1998. EA has released around 16 PGA Tour games under the Woods name. However, the 2008 edition drew attention due to a unique glitch where Woods could walk on water to take a shot.

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Soon, a video of the game’s glitch went viral, and fans started calling it the “Jesus fired.” However, EA used this joke as a way to promote their next game of 2009. So, the American game company took Woods on board and he replicated the game’s problem in real life to promote Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2009.

In the game’s 2009 ad, EA called out the player who uploaded the glitch video. They said, “You seem to think your Jesus Shot video was a glitch in the game.” Then Woods executes the shot in real time. Then Electronic Art said, “It’s not a bug. He’s just so good.

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The American game company was concerned that people would take the publicity the wrong way. Instead, it became a massive hit that impressed fans by involving Woods in the commercial.

Tiger Woods is now a billionaire athlete

It is not unknown in the world that the most successful athletes are millionaires. However, when we think of billionaire athletes, Michael Jordan and LeBron James are the two names that come to mind. But another great American athlete has recently joined the billionaire club.

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Tiger Woods plays in the PGA Championship | Courtesy of Reuters Images

Woods, 46, became the third athlete in the world to have a net worth of at least $1 billion after the NBA legend duo. Reports suggest that his success on the golf course has earned him less than 10% of his total net worth. However, its sponsorships and brand deals have a considerable role.

Woods has deals with brands like Nike, TaylorMade, Gatorade and Monster Energy. These brands pay large sums to the American golfer to appear on his golf kit. He also had other marquee jobs like those with EA and Buick.

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Undoubtedly, becoming a billionaire is another milestone in Woods’ glorious career? Are you excited for Tiger Woods’ latest achievement?