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Tiger Woods: Career timeline of the 2019 Masters winner

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Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters title at the 2019 edition of the tournament. It completed a stunning comeback in a career that has seen its shares of ups and downs.

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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

Age: 43

Born: 30 December 1975

Cypress, California, USA

Height: 1.85m

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
Ten (1997, 1999-2002, 2005-2007, 2009, 2013)

Highest World Ranking:
One (record 683 weeks)

Career timeline of 2019 Masters winner Tiger Woods

August 1996

Turns pro after an outstanding amateur career and is named
as the PGA Rookie of the Year.

April 1997

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.

June 2000

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.

April 2001

Wins his second Masters title and completes the “Tiger
Slam” as the first golfer to be reigning champion of all four majors

April 2002

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.

September 2004

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.

April 2005

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

May 2006

His father and guiding force Earl dies at 74, but the following
month Woods wins his third British Open and 11th major at Hoylake

June 2008

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.

February 2009

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.

April 2010

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

March 2013

Woods regains his form in 2012 and the following year his
eighth win in the Arnold Palmer Invitational sees him regain the world number
one spot.

March 2014

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.

February 2015

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.

February 2017

Back spasms prompt Woods to withdraw from second round of
Dubai Desert Classic, cutting short his return from a 16-month injury layoff.

April 2017

After missing the Masters, Woods announces he had yet
another surgery to alleviate pain in his back and leg.

May 2017

Woods arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence
in Jupiter, Florida.

January 2018

Woods makes his return to the PGA Tour with a shared 23rd
place finish at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torry Pines, California.

April 2018

Woods finishes tied for 32nd at the Masters, the first Major
appearance of his comeback.

June 2018

Woods suffers a setback after missing the cut at the US Open
at Shinnecock Hills after posting a 78 followed by a 72.

July 2018

Woods bounces back from his US Open Championship
disappointment with a top-10 placing at the British Open, finishing tied for

August 2018

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.

April 2019

Woods wins the 83rd Masters, his fifth triumph at Augusta
National coming 14 years after his fourth to end an 11-year major championship

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