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Summary Article: Woods, Tiger
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US golfer. In 1994 he became the youngest player, at the age of 18, to win the US Amateur Championship, the first of an unprecedented three successive titles. He turned professional in 1996, immediately becoming one of the wealthiest people in US sport as a result of endorsement deals worth US$64 million. In his first six months as a professional he won four tournaments on the US PGA circuit, and in 1997 he won the Masters. In February 2000 he became the first player to win six successive tournaments on the US PGA Tour since Ben Hogan in 1948. With his victory at the Masters in 2001, he became the first professional golfer to hold all four major titles at the same time. His US Open win in 2008 was his fourteenth major title, second only to Jack Nicklaus. He has been ranked the world's number one golfer longer than any other player since the ranking system began in 1986.

Career highlights

British Open 2000, 2005, 2006

US Open 2000, 2002, 2008

US PGA Championship 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007

Masters 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005

Ryder Cup 1999

World Cup 1999, 2000

President's Cup 2000, tie 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011

US Amateur 1994–96

Tournament wins 106

AwardsLaureus Sportsman of the Year 2000, 2001

Woods won the US Junior Championship 1991–93. In 1999 he won eight tournaments worldwide, including four in a row between October and November. In June 2000 his 15-stroke winning margin at the US Open was the largest in the 140-year history of major championship golf. The following month he completed his career Grand Slam, winning the British Open Championship at St Andrews, Scotland, by 8 shots. He achieved this feat at age 24, two years younger than the previous record-holder Jack Nicklaus. He has won the PGA Player of the Year award a record ten times.

At the end of 2009, it was revealed that Woods had had multiple affairs with more than a dozen women. He admitted infidelity and took several months off from golf to focus on his marriage, but he divorced nine months later.

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