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American golfer Tiger Woods was born in Cypress, California, on December 30, 1975. He rose to prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s by winning four major championships in a row. One of the greatest players in golf history, Woods made history in 1997 when he became the first player of Asian or African American descent to win the Masters Tournament, one of the sport’s most prestigious competitions. He would go on to win it four more times, second only to Jack Nicklaus in terms of the most Masters victories.

Woods’ mother is Thai, and his father is African American. Being a naturally talented player, he started playing golf at a very young age and quickly rose to the status of a prodigy, making his first swings on television at the age of two and shooting a 48 over nine holes at three. At the age of 15, he won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 1991, becoming the youngest winner ever, and went on to have one of the best amateur golf careers in the sport’s history.

He won the first of his three consecutive U.S. Amateur Championships in 1994 after rallying from a six-hole deficit. In 1996, after enrolling at Stanford University in 1994, he took home the collegiate championship. On August 29, 1996, Woods announced his professional debut following the capture of his third U.S. Amateur title. He competed professionally in eight PGA events in 1996, winning two championships and earning Rookie of the Year honors from the PGA Tour.

With his powerful club, Woods could frequently hit drives that were longer than three hundred yards. He was a formidable opponent and a well-liked player among spectators thanks to his explosive long game, skillful putting and chipping, and reputation for mental toughness. In Augusta, Georgia, during the 1997 Masters Tournament, Woods had one of the most dominant rounds in professional golf history, shooting a tournament record 270 over 72 holes to finish 12 strokes ahead of the field. He was the first golfer to win eight PGA events in a single year in more than 20 years in 1999. Ben Hogan’s 1948 streak, which stood as the second-longest in PGA history until Byron Nelson’s 11 straight wins, was tied by his six consecutive victories from 1999 to 2000. When Woods won the U.S. Open in June 2000, he broke all previous records. Woods’s 15-stroke victory was the biggest margin of victory at a major championship. He became the first player to finish the tournament at 12 under par, tying Nicklaus for the lowest 72-hole score (272).

By winning the British Open on July 23, 2000, Woods made golf history as the fifth—and youngest—player to win the four major championships in a career. (The four main events were the U.S. Open, British Open, U.S. Amateur, and British Amateur championships in 1930, when Bobby Jones achieved the only Grand Slam in a calendar year.) With a record-breaking 19 strokes under par, Woods won by a comfortable 8 strokes. In 2001 and 2002, he captured the Masters twice in a row. With his triumph at the 2001 Masters, Woods made history as the first player to win the PGA Championship, the British Open (Open Championship), the U.S. Open, and the Masters all in a row. The achievement was dubbed the “Tiger Slam.”

Woods won both the Masters and the British Open in 2005, capping a 10-year winning streak in major tournaments. The following year, he was the tour’s dominant player, taking home nine victories, including the PGA Championship and the British Open. He won his 13th major championship in 2007 by successfully defending his title at the latter competition. About two months following 2008 knee surgery, In his first match back on the tour, Woods won his third U.S. Open championship, completing a career Grand Slam that is only surpassed by Jack Nicklaus. Following his thrilling victory at the U.S. Open, which featured an 18-hole play-off round and a sudden-death play-off, Woods withdrew from the remainder of the 2008 golf season to undergo more extensive knee surgery the following week. For the first time since 2004, his comeback to the sport in 2009 included several tournament victories but no major titles. Woods also lost the 2009 PGA Championship at hole 14, snapping his historic record of never losing a major tournament when leading or co-leading after 54 holes. Prior to the final round, Woods had led by two strokes. In April 2010, he made a comeback to the sport for the Masters Tournament. Woods had a disappointing 2010 golf season, with no tournament wins and the lowest four-round score of his professional career, despite finishing in the top five at both the Masters and the U.S. Open. August of that year saw the divorce of him and Nordegren.

In 2011, Woods was still having trouble on the golf course since he was unable to win a PGA event. His win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25, 2012, marked the end of his drought and his first PGA victory in about thirty months. After surpassing Nicklaus to claim the second-highest win total in tour history in July 2012, Woods won the AT&T National tournament, marking his 74th career PGA victory. For the first time in almost two and a half years, he regained the top spot in the world rankings in March 2013 after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational eight times, tying the record for the most career victories in a single tournament. Even though Woods did not win a major in 2013, he managed to hold the top ranking throughout the season thanks to his five event victories. But the next year was a complete bust; he played in just nine PGA Tour events in 2014 and missed a significant portion of the PGA season due to nagging back pain. His best result in those competitions was a tie for 25th. Woods’s difficulties on the golf course continued into 2015. In just 11 events that year, he cut across two majors (the US and British open) for the first time in his career. He ended his season in September to have additional back surgery. Following that surgery, Woods recovered slowly, and he was sidelined for the entire 2016 golf season.

He played in a PGA Tour event for the first time in seventeen months in January 2017. But he only competed in that one tournament before declaring he was going to have to have more back surgery, which would keep him out of action for the rest of 2017. In May 2017, Woods’s personal life gained attention once more after he was detained on suspicion of operating a vehicle while under the influence of a combination of pain and sleep medications. He later disclosed that he was managing his medication intake with the assistance of “professional help.” In January of 2018, Woods made his way back to the PGA Tour, where he finished the season. He won the Tour Championship event in September, his first triumph in five years, to cap off his incredible recovery from a string of potentially career-ending injuries. With his first Masters victory in 14 years in April 2019, Woods shocked the golfing world, breaking the record for the longest time between victories in that competition. At 43, he also became the second-oldest player to win a green jacket, behind only Jack Nicklaus. After winning the Zozo Championship later that year, Woods kept making history. His 82nd Tour triumph tied Sam Snead’s record.

Woods declared in January 2021 that he had undergone his fifth back surgery and that a return to competition was not anticipated until April at the latest. His right leg had to be surgically rebuilt after he was involved in a single-car accident in February. At a press conference nine months following the accident, Woods cast doubt on his ability to return to the professional circuit. But he made a comeback to the PGA Tour in April 2022, competing at the Masters. Woods struggled more and more, hindered by his past injuries, even though he made the cut, finishing 13 strokes over par. He entered the PGA Championship one month later, but he pulled out after the third round. He missed the cut at the British Open (Open Championship) later in 2022. In 2023, Woods made the cut for the record-tying 23rd time in the Masters. But his problems persisted, and he was forced to withdraw from the third round because of an injury.

In 2019, US President Donald Trump bestowed upon Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among other honors. Later, Tiger (2021), a TV documentary, focused on him.

 

 

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