Most recently in the news for a major comeback after battling physical injuries and one major sex scandal
golf superstar Tiger Woods was born Eldrick
Woods on December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California. T
The golf wonderkind was nicknamed "Tiger" after a Vietnamese soldier who was a friend
to his beloved father, Earl
Young Tiger soon was living up to his nickname when Woods' father introduced him
to the game of golf at age three, later boasting, "Tiger knew how
to swing a club before he could walk". The gifted young golfer went on to win his first Optimist International
Junior World Title at the ripe old age of eight.
He later took the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships by storm, winning
three consecutive titles beginning in 1991, together with the U.S. Amateur title in 1994, 1995, and 1996.
The following year, he was ready for the pro tour - for at age 21 Tiger Woods became the youngest player ever to win the Masters,
followed by the youngest to rank No. 1 in professional golf, and
the first golfer of African or Asian descent to win a major professional
championship - all in his debut year.
followed success when in 1999 Woods scored 8 victories on the
PGA Tour, along with the PGA Championship, and the following year
won the British Open becoming at age 24 the youngest player ever
to win the Masters, the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open, and the
named the No. 1 player in the world in 2005, following his win
at the Ford Championship at Doral, and in April took the 2005
Tournament in a spectacular playoff against Chris DiMarco
for his fourth career Masters win.
the British Open in July 2005 for his second win of the year at
a major tournament.
over the seriously ill Earl Woods some say was the reason the
golfing superstar has been off his game during the 2006 season.
Now dead of cancer at age 74, Earl Woods was forever sited by
his son as the bedrock of his success.
The 2006 U.S.
Open in June marked the first time that Woods would have competed
in a major tournament without the coaching and guidance of his
equally famous mentor. However, he failed to make the cut in a
major for the first time in his professional career.
was heralded by an emotional & triumphant win at this at the
Open, and by his 50th
PGA victory at the Buick Open in August, followed closely
by a five-shot victory in the PGA
Championship, a triumph he repeated again in 2007.
Woods with baby
son, Charlie, born in 2009.
By 2008, Woods
was playing better than ever, with 62 career wins tying Arnold
Palmer for fourth on the all-time list.
knee injury and subsequent surgery, the golf great battled back
to take the 2008 U.S.
Golf Open in a dramatic double overtime victory over Rocco
after his victory it was revealed Woods has played the grueling
championship having suffered two fractures and a torn ligament,
which effectively put him out of action for the remainder of the
In early 2009,
however, Woods coupled the announcement of his second son, Charlie,
with the news of his triumphant return to the links, beginning
with the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson in February.
Three years later, Woods became the
proud father of a baby girl named Sam Alexis, born on June 18,
second child, Charlie Axel Woods, was born on February 9, 2009.
2009, their Woods' high-profile marriage became the subject of
tabloid sensationalism when reports of a domestic dispute
buzzed the news. Stories involving Woods in a fender bender outside his
Orlando home after being chased
from his home by wife Elin with a golf club soon went viral.
The incident followed closely on the heals of a National
Enquirer report of Woods involvement in an affair
with model Rachel Uchitel. More reports detailing more indiscretions with other alleged mistresses dominated the sports headlines for months afterward.
came clean when he posted an apology to his family and fans on
his Web site, following up with another post - in which he openly
admitted cheating on wife Elin - and announced that he would be
putting his career on hiatus for the time being.
On the comeback
trail in 2010, his first major championship in saw Woods battling back at the Masters Tournament -- only to come in 4th behind the victorious Phil Mickelson.
Since then, Woods appeared to have lost his legendary mojo on the links as he lagged behind in almost every championship he entered. In 2012, his triumph at the Memorial Tournament signaled that - just maybe - the Woods magic was back. However, since then Woods has been plagued with injuries including his wrist and an ongoing back ailment that has marred his comback to his former championship glory.
More about Tiger Woods around the Web:
Website for Tiger Woods - With all the latest news and
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Woods - Extensive bio from Wikipedia with an overview
of his life and career, legendary golf shots, style of playing,
championships won & records acheived along with media controversies,
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