Tiger Woods won the 83rd Masters on Sunday, capturing his 15th major title to cement an epic return from scandal and injuries that once threatened his career.
Below is a factfile and career timeline of golf’s prodigal sons.
Tiger Woods: Fact file
Born: 30 December 1975
Cypress, California, USA
Turned Professional: 1996
Career US PGA Tour
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: Ten (1997, 1999-2002, 2005-2007, 2009, 2013)
Highest World Ranking:
One (record 683 weeks)
Career timeline of 2019 Masters winner Tiger Woods
Turns pro after an outstanding amateur career and is named
as the PGA Rookie of the Year.
Wins the first of 14 majors at the Masters, becoming at 21
the youngest-ever winner at Augusta National. Two months later he takes the
world number one spot for the first time.
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.
Wins his second Masters title and completes the “Tiger
Slam” as the first golfer to be reigning champion of all four majors
Successfully defends his 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.
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.
Woods emerges from “slump” to win a fourth
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
His father and guiding force Earl dies at 74, but the following
month Woods wins his third British Open and 11th major at Hoylake
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.
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.
Returns to action at the Masters where he finishes fourth
but the injuries mount over the course of the year and his ranking starts to
Woods regains his form in 2012 and the following year his
eighth win in the Arnold Palmer Invitational sees him regain the world number
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.
Struggles to get his season going and after pulling out
injured from a tournament at Torrey Pines says he will take another break from
Woods has microdiscectomy to remove spinal disc fragment
pinching a nerve, with follow-up procedure to relieve lingering discomfort.
Back spasms prompt Woods to withdraw from second round of
Dubai Desert Classic, cutting short his return from a 16-month injury layoff.
After missing the Masters, Woods announces he had yet
another surgery to alleviate pain in his back and leg.
Woods arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence
in Jupiter, Florida.
Woods makes his return to the PGA Tour with a shared 23rd
place finish at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torry Pines, California.
Woods finishes tied for 32nd at the Masters, the first Major
appearance of his comeback.
Woods suffers a setback after missing the cut at the US Open
at Shinnecock Hills after posting a 78 followed by a 72.
Woods bounces back from his US Open Championship
disappointment with a top-10 placing at the British Open, finishing tied for
Woods announces his return to Major contention with a second
place finish, just two back from winner Brooks Koepka.
September 2018Woods is named in the US Ryder Cup team. He
follows with victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Woods wins the 83rd Masters, his fifth triumph at Augusta
National coming 14 years after his fourth to end an 11-year major championship