Tiger Woods grew up in Orange County, Calif., and was a golf prodigy. His father, Earl, introduced him to the game by age 2.
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Tiger Woods at the 1995 Masters. He was 19 and on the Stanford golf team, having earned his trip to Augusta National by winning the 1994 U.S. Amateur.
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Woods won his third consecutive U.S. Amateur title in 1996, which gave him one more victory in the event than his childhood hero, Jack Nicklaus.
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At the 1997 Phoenix Open, Woods electrified the rowdy Phoenix Open crowd with a hole-in-one on No. 16.
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Woods won the 1997 Masters, his first major, by a remarkable 12 shots.
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This photo of Woods was taken for a cover of Sports Illustrated in 1998.
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Woods won his second major at the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club by holding off Sergio Garcia on Sunday.
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During The Battle at Brookline, Woods drew from his match play experience as an amateur and played a big role in the 1999 Ryder Cup. And when the United States came back to win on Sunday, he celebrated with teammates on the roof at The Country Club.
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At the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Woods won by the largest margin in major history -- 15 strokes.
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Woods then brought the Old Course at St. Andrews to its knees during the 2000 British Open, winning by eight shots over Ernie Els and Thomas Bjorn.
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Woods successfully defended his PGA Championship title in 2000 at Valhalla Country Club in Louisville, Ky. Woods was pushed to the limit by Bob May but won a three-hole playoff.
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Tiger Woods won the 2001 Masters with two of his main rivals in hot pursuit. He beat David Duval by two shots and Phil Mickelson by three. With the win, Woods held all four major titles at the same time -- a feat that has come to be known as the "Tiger Slam."
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Tiger Woods won his third Masters in 2002, winning by three shots over Retief Goosen.
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The 2002 U.S. Open was held at Bethpage Black, making it the first municipal course to hold a U.S. Open. On one of the toughest courses Tour players had ever faced, Woods held off Phil Mickelson to win by three shots.
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Woods won his fourth Masters title by sinking a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole against Chris DiMarco in 2005.
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The British Open returned to the home of golf in 2005, and once again Woods was in top form. He won the claret jug at St. Andrews for a second time with a five-shot margin of victory over Colin Montgomerie.
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After winning the 2006 British Open at Royal Liverpool, Woods broke down in tears. It was his first victory after the death of his father, Earl, in May.
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Returning to Medinah in 2006, the site of his first PGA Championship win, Woods was victorious again. Paired with Luke Donald in the last group on Sunday, he pulled away from the field with early birdies and cruised to his 12th major title.
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Woods won his 13th major at the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa.
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When Torrey Pines hosted the 2008 U.S. Open, Woods won his 14th major with the most dramatic performance of his career. Playing on an injured knee and broken leg, he defeated Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole Monday playoff.
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After the 2008 U.S. Open, Woods announced he was taking a break from the game to have surgery on his knee. He returned from surgery at the 2009 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, where he lost in the second round to Tim Clark.
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After finishing tied for sixth at the Masters and the U.S. Open, Woods seemed poised to make another run at the claret jug at Turnberry in 2009, but he missed the cut. It was his first missed cut at a British Open and only his second at a major as a professional.
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Heading into Sunday with the lead at the 2009 PGA Championship, Woods had never lost a major with the 54-hole lead. But Y.E. Yang delivered one of the biggest upsets in golf history by firing a two-under 70 to beat Woods by three strokes. Woods shot a three-over 75, including bogeys on 17 and 18.
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Despite not winning a major in 2009, Woods won six PGA Tour titles, including the season-long FedEx Cup points race after finishing second to Phil Mickelson at the Tour Championship. It was the second time in three years Woods won the $10 million bonus.
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Woods finished his season with a win at the Australian Masters in November. But the day after Thanksgiving, Woods's life changed forever. He was involved in a one-car accident just outside his home near Orlando. It set off a tabloid frenzy and led to Woods admitting he had affairs with several women. Woods announced an indefinite leave from golf to try to repair his marriage.
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Woods made his first public appearance after the accident at a news conference in February. He apologized for his actions, and said he wasn't sure if he would play golf in 2010.
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Woods made his much-anticipated return to golf at the 2010 Masters. He stayed in contention until Sunday, eventually finishing tied for fourth, five strokes behind longtime rival Phil Mickelson, who secured his third green jacket.
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Seeking his first post-scandal win after a turbulent year filled with injuries, poor play, a new coach and a swing change, Woods took a four-shot lead into the final round at the 2010 Chevron World Challenge, but Graeme McDowell won with a 22-footer for birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.
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Woods suffered a mild sprain of his medial collateral ligament in his left knee at the 2011 Masters, along with a mild strain to his left Achilles. He finished tied for fourth. The injury would cause him to withdraw from the Players Championship and miss both the U.S. Open and the British Open.
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Two years after his car accident and the ensuing scandal, Woods won the Chevron World Challenge in December 2011 with a birdie-birdie finish. It was his first professional win since November 2009.
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Woods won the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational by an impressive five shots. It was his first full-field PGA Tour victory since September 2009 and the 72nd of his career. He also won the Memorial in May to tie Jack Nicklaus at 73 career wins.
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Woods won the 2012 AT&T National for his 74th career PGA Tour victory, which passed Jack Nicklaus for second place on the all-time wins list.
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