Probably one of the most esteemed professional golfers to ever walk the planet, Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods is certainly a sporting force to be reckoned with; having spent more than six hundred weeks as the world number one, along with fourteen major championship wins, there certainly hasn’t been a player as prolific as Tiger in the long history of golf. As the achievements of Mr. Woods are so incredible, we have decided to create a written timeline in homage to the great man.
December 1975: Tiger is born in Cypress, California with a mix of ancestry, making him one-quarter Chinese, one-quarter Thai, one-quarter African American, one-eighth Native American and one-eighth Dutch. Woods later stated on the Oprah Winfrey that this made him ‘Cablinasian’.
October 1978: At the tender age of two, Tiger appears on The Mike Douglas Show and putts against famous comedian, Bob Hope after being trained in the sport by his father from a very early age.
1989: Woods partakes in his first major junior tournament, known as Big I, at the age of thirteen years old. Having been paired with John Daly in the final round, Woods was beaten by a single stroke.
1994: Woods graduates from Western High School at the age of eighteen and is voted as the ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ amongst his class. He then enrolled at Stanford University under a golf scholarship and majored in economics.
1996: Tiger becomes a professional golfer and signs endorsement deals worth $60 million with Nike and Titleist. In the same year he is also voted Sports Illustrated’s 1996 Sportsman of the Year along with the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. During this time he contests in his first professional event, the Greater Milwaukee Open, and ties for 60th place along with winning two other events which means that he can qualify for the Tour Championship.
1997: This is a great year for Tiger, winning his first major event as a professional golfer. He finishes first in The Masters event and does so with a record score of eighteen under par (a 12 stroke margin from the previous record). On his 42nd week as a professional golfer he becomes the world number one in the Official World Golf Rankings which is the fastest time ever ascent to the number one spot
2000: By the dawn of the millennium Woods wins his sixth consecutive competition and becomes the youngest ever golfer to achieve the Career Grand Slam after winning all of golf’s major championships in the same calendar year. He goes on to do this another two times.
2001: Woods wins the 2001 Masters Tournament which makes him the first player to hold all four major golf titles at the same time.