Tiger Woods Career Highlights
Tiger Woods is the All-Time Hall of Famer in Golf. He is known the world over, regardless of your country or whether you actually like golf, and remains a sporting icon to many.
This article looks at his career in detail from the early days of his career, the glory of his successes, and to his recent struggles through injury and disappearance from tournament golf.
What goes up must come down and no one has soared higher or fallen further in their sport than Tiger Woods.
The Rise of Tiger Woods
Tiger’s success began as an amateur which led him to move up to the professional ranks in August of 1996, after he had clinched a third straight U.S Amateur title
No one could have foreseen the the extent golfing legacy that was about to dominate the sport.
It didn’t take him long at all to make an impact in the professional ranks where he gained his first of many PGA Tour titles in the Las Vegas Invitational. This was only his fifth professional start which was a significant achievement in itself.
Source: Golf Digest
The following year he’d triumph in the first of his many major titles. In 1997 Woods became the youngest Masters champion at just 21, posting a record score of 270 and a staggering 12 shot margin of victory.
People who didn’t know Tiger – or wrote him off after an opening nine of 40 – certainly knew him now. By the end of the season he had also won the PGA Player of the Year. He would go on to win another ten.
Less than a year after turning professional Woods has ascended to the number one spot in the world rankings.
The Years of Domination
Tiger would follow up his Masters win with his second major title at the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah. But it was in 2000 that he cemented his legacy and completely dominated professional golf.
He started it by winning the US Open at Pebble Beach by 15 shots – a record margin in major golf that still stands and perhaps always will.
He completed his first Open Championship win the following month and successfully defended the PGA Championship – holding three of the four majors simultaneously.
Woods began 2001 knowing that victory in the Masters would mean he would hold all four majors at the same time. For any other golfer, this has proven an impossible task (even Jack Nicklaus couldn’t do it), but none of them were Tiger and he fended off David Duval and Phil Mickelson to win his fourth major within the space of twelve months.
It was the closest any golf player has ever come to capturing the modern (stroke-play) Grand Slam.
In 2002 he looked like he might be on for the real Grand Slam, wining both the Masters and the US Open, but injuries and surgeries meant this wasn’t to be.
In 2007 saw the zenith of his golfing dominance, starting with a disappointing runner-up at the Masters he had a late season charge that resulted in him winning five of six consecutive tournaments including another major, the PGA Championship.
By the end of 2007 he had amassed 13 major victories and a total of 61 PGA Tour titles.
His injury issues then continued following a second place finish in the 2008 Masters in which he required surgery due to cartilage damage.
Even with injuries, between 1999 and 2009 he experienced just two seasons when he did not win at least 5 PGA tournaments.
The Inevitable Fall
It did not take Woods long to make amends however. He won the US Open in 2008, despite playing with an obvious need for knee surgery, meaning he had notched up an amazing 14th major of his career. This also meant he was within four major titles of the golfing legend that is Jack Nicklaus.
Subsequent surgery and several, highlighted personal issues began to unravel which led to him not only being unable to play golf but also losing his major sponsorship endorsements. Tiger began several years of troubles including withdrawing from the 2011 Players Championship.
March of 2012 was the next time Tiger was to taste victory on the PGA Tour. He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and followed it with the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational meaning a 79th career victory.
It was to be his last victory on the tour (so far) as his continued back problems caused him to need several further surgeries.
Woods had four separate back operations in the period between 2014 and 2017 and continued to struggle in the tournaments he played.
Whether we will see his golf prowess again, or indeed from any other golfer, remains uncertain. However, Woods will go down as the game’s all-time best with an unchallenged natural talent.
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