The History Of Tiger Woods
December 30, 1975: Born
Eldrick T. Woods (Tiger) was born and raised in Cypress, California to his Thai mother Kultida and father Earl Woods who was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in The U.S Army.
His ancestry is that off a quarter Chinese, a quarter African, and a quarter Thai whilst also being an eighth American and an eighth Dutch.
1978: First TV Appearance
His golfing skills were spotted early in his lifetime; at the age of just three he was featured on the Mike Douglas Show. He played golf alongside Bob Hope, and immediately the world saw that this kid has pure and natural golfing talent.
In the following year at the age of just four he shot a round of 48 over nine holes, this was in Cypress, California at the Navy Golf Club.
1984: Won His First Junior Title
At the age of nine, he won the Optimist International Junior World Golf Championships. This was his first junior title, but the first of many. He goes on to win the same event 6 times out of the next 7 years.
1996: Turns Professional
At the age of 21 he made the decision to drop out of Stanford University to become a Golf Professional. In the same year he has his first PGA Tour win in the Las Vegas Invitational, Oldsmobile Classic. He was then voted as the Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year, and subsequently signed endorsements with Nike ($40 Million) and Titleist ($20 Million).
1997: Becomes The Youngest Ever Winner Of The Masters
Within two years of turning professional Tiger Woods was voted the PGA Player Of The Year. This was after PGA Tour wins at the Motorola Western, Mercedes Championships and the GTE Byron nelson Golf Classic. His biggest achievement was of course winning The Masters, becoming the youngest player to do so, whilst also becoming the first of African/Asian descent.
1998: Becomes World Number One
After a fantastic first few years as a professional, Tiger is already ranked as the number one player in the world. Just 23 years old, Tiger has taken the golfing world by storm.
2000: Wins His First Grand Slam
2000 is a big year for Tiger as he is again voted PGA Player Of The year for the third time, and wins seven PGA Tour titles. He wins the British open by a massive eight strokes to become the youngest player to have won the Grand Slam, his score of 269 is the best ever recorded at St. Andrews whilst also being the lowest par score at a major tournament.
2002: Becomes Youngest Ever Golfer To Win Seven PGA Majors
This year’s he again wins the Masters, defending his title from the previous year. He then breaks yet another record by becoming the youngest in history to knock up seven PGA majors.
2004: Tiger Loses The Number One Spot For The First Time
Although this year he broke another record by becoming the first pro golfer to amass $40 million careers earnings, he loses his number one rankings to Vijay Singh. He has the record for the longest period at number one with 264 weeks. He got married to Elin Nordegren in Barbados in a ceremony costing $1.5 million.
2005: One Of Only Two Golfers To Win Every Major Twice
He finally climbs out of a slump by winning his first PGA tournament in a year and a half at the Buick International. He then wins the Masters for the fourth time in his career and the British Open for the second time.
2006: Tigers Father Dies Of Cancer
He wins the Buick Invitational for the second year running; however 2006 was a difficult year for Tiger. Tigers father Earl Woods, who was responsible for guiding his career died of cancer in May. Just one month later he failed to make the cut in the U.S Open.
Things picked up though and he won the British Open for the third time and made it into the record books for becoming the youngest player to win 50 PGA tournaments.
2008: Wins His Sixth Buick Invitational
The year starts superbly but ends abruptly through injury. He starts off by winning his 6th Buick Invitational, then going on to win the U.S Open in June for his third win of this event. However his season was cut short as his left knee required reconstructive cruciate ligament surgery. He pulled out of the remainder of the season.
2009: Takes A Break From Golf To Try And Save His Marriage
The most controversial year in his glittering career started with him winning his 70th PGA Tournament, taking down the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Controversy struck after a one-car accident, he hit a tree after reversing out of his driveway. Media reports soon started to emerge that the reason for the accident was that he and his wife were arguing at the time.
Soon after, many women started to leak their kiss and tell stories about having affairs with Tiger. He finally admitted to being unfaithful in December and announced he was going to take a long break from Golf to concentrate on becoming a better man for his wife, his children and for himself.
2012: Wins His First PGA Tour Event In Two And A Half Years
After the worst period in his career, Tiger finally managed to get his name at the top of a leader board, winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. With one of his favourite events coming up, The Masters, he will be hoping to put his past few years behind him to carry on doing what he does best.
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