Woods received his first brush with fame when he was 2 years old. Young golf prodigy appeared on “The Mike Douglas Show” in 1978, winning the competition with comedian Bob Hope.
Woods, 6, raised a foot in Los Alamidos, California in 1982. His real name was Eldrick, but his father nicknamed him “Tiger” in memory of a South Vietnamese soldier he fought alongside during the Vietnam War.
Woods and his father Earl celebrate after the 15-year-old Tiger won the US Junior Amateur Championship in 1991. He won the event in 1992 and 1993.
Woods became the Tees of the Los Angeles Open on May 16, 1992. Although an amateur it was his first taste of the PGA Tour competition. He missed the 36-hole cut.
Woods played for the United States during the 1994 World Amateur Team Cup in France.
Woods scored a tea shot during the 1995 Walker Cup international team event.
Woods speaks to the media after winning his third straight American amateur title in 1996. Throughout his life, Woods wore red on the final day of a major competition.
Woods played college golf for two years at Stanford University. He won the NCAA Individual Golf Championship in 1996.
Woods switched to professionalism in August 1996, and it did not take long for him to win his first match. With the popular “Hello, World” advertising campaign for Nike – six weeks after he announced he was going pro – Woods won the Las Vegas Invitation. That earned him this big check, a two-year exemption from the PGA Tour and a place in next year’s Masters.
Woods made history at the 1997 Masters with his first big hit of 12 strokes. At the time, it was a record-low masters score below 18.
Woods embraces his father Earl after winning the 1997 Masters title. Earl, a former Green Beret, nurtured his son’s immense talent and pushed him into the finals.
Woods arrived at the airport in Hamburg, Germany in May 2000.
Woods plays a shot from the ninth fairway during the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach, California. Woods won the match by 15 shots, which is a great achievement. This is Woods’ third major title at this point; He also won the 1999 PGA Championship.
One month after the US Open, Woods won the 2000 British Open at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. It gave him a career Grand Slam title at the age of 24 – a win in each of the four different majors.
Woods chips out at the 2000 PGA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. Throughout his life, Woods has always had huge galleries, with thousands of people flocking from hole to hole to watch him play. He is also proud to have brought millions of new fans to the game.
Woods reacts when he drowns in the playoffs at the 2000 PGA Championships. Woods defeated Bob May in the playoffs to win his third consecutive major.
Fans watch Woods tea off in the 18th hole at the 2001 Masters. Woods won the event and completed what is now known as Tiger Slam – winning four major titles in a row.
Woods chats with golf legend Jack Nicklaus at a memorial match in June 2001. Both are widely regarded as the two greatest golfers in history, and only Nicholas has won more major titles than Woods.
Woods arrives in a military vehicle before the 2004 golf show in Fort Brock, North Carolina. Woods trained for a week with Army veterans before running a junior golf clinic for his Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods’ father, Earl, was in the foothills in the 1960s.
Woods and Bill Mickelson lined up their boots in the final round of the Ford Championship in March 2005. For most of Woods’ life, Mickelson was considered his greatest rival.
After his famous chip-in at the 2005 Masters, Woods celebrated with his Gaddy Steve Williams. Woods won his fourth green jacket.
Woods hugged Williams after winning the British Open in Hoyleck, England in 2006. It was Woods’ first major victory since his father died a few months ago.
Woods stands as a statue of his mother Guilda and his daughter Sam and his father at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, California in January 2008.
Woods suffered a fracture and a torn ligament in his knee, but he knocked out a playoff victory against Rocco Mediot at the 2008 US Open. This is his third US Open victory and his 14th major title.
In April 2009, President Barack Obama hosted Woods at the White House Oval Office.
Woods scored a shot during the PGA Championship training round in August 2009.
Woods holds his daughter Sama when he and his wife, Elin, attend a Stanford football game in November 2009. Woods married Elin, a model, in 2004. The couple also has a son, Charlie.
Woods plays virtual golf with talk show host Jimmy Fallon in 2011.
After beating Bay Hill Invitational in March 2013 and regaining his place as the world’s number one golfer, Woods teased with golf legend Arnold Palmer.
In August 2013, Woods fell to the ground in pain after a shot at The Barclays. A few months later, he underwent surgery on the back of a pinched nerve.
From left, Woods, Jason Tufner and Mickelson wander around the Moorefield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, hosting the President’s Cup in October 2013.
Woods kissed his then-girlfriend skiing superstar Lindsay Vaughn at an event in 2015 at Beaver Creek in Colorado. The two have been dating for a few years.
Woods led the U.S. team that won the Presidential Cup in December 2019.
Woods Butts in the second round of the Masters in November 2020.
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