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Tiger WoodsMost 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 Woods.

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.

Success 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 British Open.

Woods was 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 Masters Tournament in a spectacular playoff against Chris DiMarco for his fourth career Masters win.

Woods dominated the British Open in July 2005 for his second win of the year at a major tournament.

Concerns 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.

His comeback was heralded by an emotional & triumphant win at this at the 2006 British 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.

Tiger Woods & baby son, Charlie
Tiger 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.

Despite a 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 Mediate.

However, soon 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 2008 season.

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.

Marriage & career rocked by sex scandal

Woods married long-time girlfriend, Swedish model, Elin Nordegren in a lavish wedding ceremony in Barbados on October 5, 2004.

Three years later, Woods became the proud father of a baby girl named Sam Alexis, born on June 18, 2007. Their second child, Charlie Axel Woods, was born on February 9, 2009.

In November 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.

Wood later 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.

Tiger's comeback

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:

Official Website for Tiger Woods - With all the latest news and updates, tour schedule, biography and fun facts, video and audio clips, picture galleries, golf tips from the pro himself, online games and trivia questions, discussion board, chat.

Tiger 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, press coverage, related links.

Tiger Woods - pictures and more by: The Golf Expert - Pages of hi-res photos in clickable thumbnails plus a career timeline, related links.


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