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Birthdate: December 30, 1975
Nationality: USA
Turned Professional: 1996
Current Tour: PGA


Background:


Fittingly given the nickname “Tiger” by his dad (in honor of a Vietnam War buddy), Woods began his meteoric rise in the world of professional golf at the age of three.
His ethnicity (25% Black, 25% Thai, 25% Black, one eight Native American and one eight Dutch) and talent brought him much attention as he matured. Woods attended high school in Santa Monica and later, Stanford University, where he won the NCAA Individual Championship before leaving to turn pro in 1996. His father was also influential in helping Tiger establish “The Tiger Woods Foundation” – a charitable organization that focuses on providing access to golf for disadvantaged children and a granting program for additional projects. Other charitable organizations that Woods has organized include: “In the City Golf Clinics and Festivals”, “The Tiger Woods Learning Center”, “Tiger Jam”, the “Target World Challenge” and the “Tiger Woods Foundation National Junior Golf Team (an eighteen member team that competes in the Junior World Golf Championships). Earlier in 2006, Tiger had announced that he was going to leave golf to spend more time with his father, who had been waging a battle with prostate cancer since 1998. Upon his death in May, Tiger was quoted as saying, “My dad was my best friend and greatest role model, and I will miss him deeply. I wouldn't be where I am today without him. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend. I'm honored to continue his legacy of sharing and caring”.
Tiger and his wife, Elin Nordgren, spend their time between their homes in Orlando, Florida, California, Jackson, Wyoming and Sweden. In 2006,Woods earned the distinction from Forbes magazine as the highest paid athlete.

Professional Career Bio:
A child prodigy, Tiger Woods began his early career – very early. In 1984 at the age of eight, he won the 9-10 boys’ event at the Junior World Championships and continued to win six times (4 consecutive). As the U.S. Junior Amateur , he became and remains the event’s youngest winner (1991, 1992, 1993). His early career should have sounded the warning bell in the world of golf. His list of early accomplishments includes: the youngest ever winner of the US Junior Amateur (1991, 1992, 1993), US Amateur Champion (3 consecutive wins --only person ever to achieve this record), Member of the World Amateur golf Team (1994), NCAA Individual Champion (while at Stanford).

Upon turning pro, Woods won two events in three months and in 1996 was named Sports Illustrated’s ‘Sportsmen of the Year”. In April of the following year, Woods won the Masters by a record 12 strokes, and has never looked back. In the two years that followed, he went on to win 17 events, and 32 events in the five years following. Beginning with the 1999 PGA Championship and ending with the 2002 U.S.Open Championship at Bethpage, he won seven out of the eleven events. He continued his record breaking streak at St. Andrews in 2000, winning with a record breaking (-19). In 2001, he made history, with only modern era “Grand Slam” (winning of all 4 majors).

Faltering a little in 2003 and 2004, Tiger sought to change his swing to adjust to an injury in his knee, though many assumed he was having differences with his caddy. His forthcoming marriage to Elin Nordgren also was thought to cause some friction. Woods regained prominence in 2005, going on to win six official money events. With the death of his father in May of 2006, many thought Woods would be taking a long leave from the game. His recent win at the British Open, however, proved to his critics that his father’s influence lives on.

Professional Wins
(49) 1996 Las Vegas Invitational, Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic. 1997 Mercedes Championships, Masters Tournament, GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic, Motorola Western Open. 1998 BellSouth Classic. 1999 Buick Invitational, Memorial Tournament, Motorola Western Open, PGA Championship, WGC-NEC Invitational, National Car Rental Golf Classic/Disney, THE TOUR Championship, WGC-American Express Championship. 2000 Mercedes Championships, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Bay Hill Invitational, Memorial Tournament, U.S. Open Championship, British Open Championship, PGA Championship, WGC-NEC Invitational, Bell Canadian Open. 2001 Bay Hill Invitational, THE PLAYERS Championship, Masters Tournament, Memorial Tournament, WGC-NEC Invitational. 2002 Bay Hill Invitational presented by Cooper Tires, Masters Tournament, U.S. Open Championship, Buick Open, WGC-American Express Championship. 2003 Buick Invitational, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Bay Hill Invitational presented by Cooper Tires, 100th Western Open presented by Golf Digest, WGC-American Express Championship. 2004 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. 2005 Buick Invitational, Ford Championship at Doral, Masters Tournament, British Open Championship, WGC-NEC Invitational, WGC-American Express Championship. 2006 Buick Invitational, Ford Championship at Doral, British Open Championship.

Wins 71 PGA Tour wins, 38 European Tour wins, 19 Other professional wins.

Majors:
· Masters 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005
· U.S. Open 2000, 2002, 2008
· The Open 2000, 2005, 2006
· U.S. PGA 1999, 2000
. PGA Championship 2006, 2007


Awards:

PGA Player of the Year 10 times
PGA Tour Player of the Year 10 times
PGA Tour Money Leader 9 times
Vardon Trophy 8 times
Byron Nelson Award 9 times
FedEx Cup Champion 2007, 2009


PGA Earnings $92,862,539
 

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