Tiger Woods Biography


								
EXEMPT STATUS: Winner, 1997 Masters Tournament (through 2007)
                     FULL NAME: Eldrick T. Woods
                     HEIGHT: 6-2
                     WEIGHT: 180
                     BIRTHDATE: December 30, 1975
                     BIRTHPLACE: Cypress, CA
                     RESIDENCE: Orlando, FL
                     FAMILY: Single
                     EDUCATION: Stanford University
                     SPECIAL INTERESTS: Basketball, fishing, all sports
                     TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 1996
                     JOINED TOUR: 1996
                     

About Tiger

Eldrick (Tiger) Woods, now 26 years of age, has had an unprecedented career since becoming a professional golfer in the late summer of 1996. He has won 46 tournaments, 34 of those on the PGA TOUR, including the 1997, 2001, and 2002 Masters Tournaments, 1999 and 2000 PGA Championships, 2000 and 2002 U.S. Open Championship, and 2000 British Open Championship. With his second Masters victory in 2001, Tiger became the first ever to hold all four professional major championships at the same time. He is the career victories leader among active players on the PGA TOUR, and is the career money list leader.



PGA Victories

34) 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.  


Personal

 Nicknamed "Tiger" after a Vietnamese soldier who was a friend of his father's in Vietnam...Putted against Bob Hope on the "Mike Douglas Show" at age 2, shot 48 for nine holes at age 3 and was featured in Golf Digest at age 5...In Feb. 1998, named to Blackwell's Best-Dressed List...Eighth athlete to be named Wheaties permanent rep, following Bob Richards (1958), Bruce Jenner (1977), Mary Lou Retton (1984), Pete Rose (1985), Walter Payton (1986), Chris Evert (1987) and Michael Jordan (1988)...Tiger Woods Foundation, chaired by father Earl, created to provide minority participation in golf and related activities...Foundation \has pledged its full support to World Golf Foundation's The First Tee program...In 1997 won Sports Star of the Year Award, given to athletes who combine excellence in their sports with significant charitable endeavors...In 2000, on the cover of "Time" magazine, 40 years after Arnold Palmer became first golfer so honored...Web site is www.tigerwoods.com.


Many Other Highlights

Fashioned one of the greatest seasons in the history of the sport and in the process assured a place among the best to ever play the game...Highlights included three consecutive major championship titles and career Grand Slam, nine PGA TOUR victories and TOUR single-season earnings record of $8,286,821...An eight-stroke British Open victory lifted him into company of Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus as holders of career Grand Slams and at the age of 24 was the youngest to do so...Became only the second player to win three majors in one season, joining Ben Hogan (1953)...Was 53-under par in four majors, next-best mark was 18-under by Ernie Els...His nine TOUR victories in a season were the most since Sam Snead won 11 in 1950...His 20th career win at U.S. Open made him youngest player in TOUR history to win 20 times...Started the season in historic fashion, with wins at Mercedes Championships and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, giving him victories in six consecutive appearances, becoming first player since Hogan in 1948 to do so. Finished T2, four strokes back of Phil Mickelson in attempt to win seventh consecutive start at Buick Invitational...At the Mercedes Championships, shared 54-hole lead with Ernie Els and after both players eagled the 72nd hole to remain tied, won playoff with birdie on second extra hole...Beginning final round of AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was five strokes back of Mark Brooks and Matt Gogel. On the back nine, trailed Gogel by seven with seven holes to play but eagle-birdie-par- birdie finish and final-round 64 good for two-stroke win over Gogel and Vijay Singh...T2 at Buick Invitational earned him $264,000 and he took over top spot on TOUR's career money list from Davis Love III, who had been No.1 for three weeks...After T18 at Nissan Open, reached the finals of the WGC -- Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship, losing to Darren Clarke 4 and 3...Rounds of 69-64 earned 36-hole lead at Bay Hill Invitational, which me maintained with closing 67-70 for 10th victory in 16 starts...A week later, was runnerup to Hal Sutton at THE PLAYERS Championship by one stroke...Finished fifth at the Masters Tournament after opening 75-72 and coming back with 68-69 on weekend. In first-round 75, made double bogey on 10 and triple bogey on 12...At GTE Byron Nelson Classic, closing 63 matched low round of tournament and lifted him to T4...In next start, held three-stroke lead through 54 holes at Deutsche Bank SAP Open before finishing third behind Lee Westwood. Marked first time since 1996, he had not won after holding 54-hole lead...A week later, successfully defended a title for the first time with win at Memorial Tournament...At U.S. Open, won by a major championship record 15 strokes (old record: Tom Morris, Sr., 13 at 1864 British Open) with rounds of 65-69-71-67--272 (-12) at Pebble Beach.

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