Tiger Woods fact file following his US Masters win

The moment of victory for Tiger Woods at the US Masters. It had been 11 years since Woods last won one of golf’s four majors.

The moment of victory for Tiger Woods at the US Masters. It had been 11 years since Woods last won one of golf’s four majors.

Age: 43

Born: 30 December 1975

Birthplace: Cypress, California, USA

Height: 1.85m

Turned Professional: 1996

Career US PGA Tour wins (as at April 15): 81

Major titles: 15 (Masters: 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019; US Open 2000, 2002, 2008; British Open 2000, 2005, 2006; PGA Championship 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007). Second leading all-time major winner.

PGA Tour Player of the Year: 11 (1997, 1999-2003, 2005-2007, 2009, 2013)

PGA Tour Money Leader: 10 (1997, 1999-2002, 2005-2007, 2009, 2013)

Highest World Ranking: One (record 683 weeks)

Career timeline

August 1996
Turns pro after an outstanding amateur career and is named as the PGA Rookie of the Year.

April 1997
Wins the first of 15 majors at the US Masters, becoming at 21 the youngest winner at Augusta National. Two months later he takes the world number one spot for the first time.

June 2000
Wins US Open at Pebble Beach by a record 15 strokes and then becomes the fifth player in history to complete the career grand slam by winning the British Open by eight strokes at St Andrews.

April 2001
Wins his second Masters title and completes the “Tiger Slam” as the first golfer to be reigning champion of all four majors simultaneously.

April 2002
Successfully defends his US Masters’ crown and in June he goes on to win his second US Open at Bethpage Black. That makes him the youngest golfer in history to win seven majors.

September 2004
After failing to win another major in 2003 and 2004 Vijay Singh replaces him as world number one after a record run of 264 weeks on top.

April 2005
Woods emerges from “slump” to win a fourth US Masters, defeating Chris DiMarco in a playoff. He then wins a second British Open by five strokes at St Andrews. With his 10th major title he joins Jack Nicklaus in being the only players to win all four major tournaments at least twice.

May 2006
His father and guiding force Earl dies at 74, but the following month Woods wins his third British Open and 11th major at Hoylake

June 2008
Two months after knee surgery wins the US Open for his 14th major at Torrey Pines, defeating Rocco Mediate in a playoff. He promptly announces that he needs more knee surgery and takes the rest of the season off.

February 2009
Nine months later he returns to action, but in November of that year a car accident outside his Florida home unearths a series of infidelities that wrecks his marriage. Takes an “indefinite break from professional golf” to get his life back together.

April 2010
Returns to action at the US Masters where he finishes fourth but the injuries mount over the course of the year and his ranking starts to tumble.

March 2013
Woods regains his form in 2012 and the following year his eighth win in the Arnold Palmer Invitational sees him regain the world number one spot.

March 2014
After a slow start to 2014, Woods injures himself during the Honda Classic and he subsequently skips the Masters for the first time to undergo back surgery. Loses world number one spot to Adam Scott in May.

February 2015
Struggles to get his season going and after pulling out injured from a tournament at Torrey Pines says he will take another break from competition.

September/October 2015
Woods has microdiscectomy to remove spinal disc fragment pinching a nerve, with follow-up procedure to relieve lingering discomfort.

February 2017
Back spasms prompt Woods to withdraw from second round of Dubai Desert Classic, cutting short his return from a 16-month injury layoff.

April 2017
After missing the US Masters, Woods announces he had yet another surgery to alleviate pain in his back and leg.

May 2017
Woods arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Florida.

January 2018
Woods makes his return to the PGA Tour with a shared 23rd place finish at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, California.

April 2018
Woods finishes tied for 32nd at the US Masters, the first major appearance of his comeback.

June 2018
Woods suffers a setback after missing the cut at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills after posting a 78 followed by a 72.

July 2018
Woods bounces back from his US Open Championship disappointment with a top-10 placing at the British Open, finishing tied for sixth.

August 2018
Woods announces his return to major contention with a second place finish, just two back from winner Brooks Koepka.

September 2018
Woods is named in the US Ryder Cup team. He follows with victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

April 2019
Woods wins the 83rd US Masters, his fifth triumph at Augusta National coming 14 years after his fourth to end an 11-year major championship drought.

Some lessor known facts

  • His real name is Eldrick Tont Woods – Eldrick because it has his father’s initial at the start and his mother’s first initial at the end, and Tont is a traditional Thai name.

  • His father was in the army and named his son Tiger because his fellow solider and friend Col. Vuong Dang Phong was also known as Tiger.

  • His mother Kultida is Thai and his father Earl was African-American.

  • His father Earl installed golf in him from a very young age, and Tiger would watch his father hit balls in the garage from his high chair from the age of six months.

  • He first began playing at the Navy Golf Course which his dad had access to. He shot 48 for nine holes aged 3.

  • He first broke 80 aged 8 and first broke 70 aged 12.

  • He had a glittering amateur career, winning the US Amateur Championship three years in a row from 1994-1996. He is the only man to do that.

  • His 1996 US Amateur win coincided with his NCAA Championship Division 1 victory. He is one of five men to have won both in the same year – Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Ryan Moore are the others.

  • He enjoys all sports, including basketball, soccer and diving.

  • He opened his first golf course in 2016, Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas.

  • Aged 24, he became the youngest golfer to win the career grand slam.

  • The Tiger Woods Foundation helps children worldwide with education and has reached 10 million.

  • He and ex-wife Elin Nordegren have an 11-year-old daughter named Sam and a nine-year-old son named Charlie.

  • He is third in the European Tour all-time wins list with 41 victories despite never playing a full European Tour season.

  • He attended Stanford University for two years but did not graduate and instead left early to turn professional.

  • He became the first billion dollar sportsman. His net worth in 2018 is currently estimated to be $740 million.

  • He is a buddhist.

  • His 683 weeks as number one in the world golf rankings is more than double Greg Norman who has spent the second-longest amount of time as world number one.

  • He had a stutter as a child and overcame it by taking classes at school and talking to his dog at night.

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