Woods had his first brush with fame when he was just 2 years old. The young golf prodigy appeared on “The Mike Douglas Show” in 1978, winning a golf contest with comedian Bob Hope.
Woods, 6, measures a putt in Los Alamitos, California, in 1982. His real name is Eldrick, but his father nicknamed him “Tiger” after a South Vietnamese soldier he fought with during the Vietnam War .
Woods and his father, Earl, celebrate after the 15-year-old Tiger won the US Junior Amateur Championship in 1991. He also won the event in 1992 and 1993.
Woods, 16, tees off at the Los Angeles Open in 1992. That was his first experience of PGA Tour competition, albeit as an amateur. He missed the 36-hole cut.
Woods played for the United States during the World Cup for Amateur Teams, which took place in France in 1994.
Woods hits a tee shot during the 1995 Walker Cup, an international team event.
Woods speaks to the media after winning his third straight US Amateur in 1996. Throughout his life, Woods has worn red on the last day of a major tournament.
Woods played two years of college golf at Stanford University. He won the NCAA singles golf title in 1996.
Woods turned pro in August 1996 and it didn’t take long for him to win his first tournament. Six weeks after announcing that he would turn pro, with a famous “Hello, World” ad campaign for Nike, Woods won the Las Vegas Invitational. That earned him this big check, a two-year exemption from the PGA Tour, and a spot in the following year’s Masters tournament.
Woods made history at the 1997 Masters, sweeping 12 strokes to win his first major. At the time, he too was a record-low Masters score of 18-under.
Woods hugs his father, Earl, after winning the 1997 Masters. Earl, a former Green Beret, was widely credited for developing his son’s prodigious talent and pushing him to become a top competitor.
Woods arrives at an airport in Hamburg, Germany, in May 2000.
Woods hits a ninth fairway shot during the 2000 US Open in Pebble Beach, California. Woods won the tournament by 15 shots, a record for any major. It was Woods’ third major title at this point; he had also won the 1999 PGA Championship.
A month after the US Open, Woods won the 2000 British Open at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. That gave him the Grand Slam of his career, a victory in each of four different majors, at the age of 24.
Woods comes out of nowhere at the 2000 PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. Throughout his career, Woods has always had the biggest galleries, with thousands of people flocking from hole to hole to watch him play. He is also credited with bringing millions of new fans to the sport.
Woods reacts as he putts during a playoff at the 2000 PGA Championship. Woods defeated Bob May in the playoffs to win his third straight major.
Fans watch Woods tee off on the 18th hole at the 2001 Masters. Woods won the event and completed what is now called the Tiger Slam: four consecutive major titles.
Woods chats with golf legend Jack Nicklaus at the Memorial tournament in June 2001. The two are widely considered the two greatest golfers in history, and only Nicklaus has won more major titles than Woods.
Woods arrives in a military vehicle before a golf exhibition at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in 2004. Woods spent the week training with Army troops before organizing a youth golf clinic for his Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods’ father, Earl, was stationed at the base in the 1960s.
Woods and Phil Mickelson line up their putts during the final round of the Ford Championship in March 2005. For much of Woods’ career, Mickelson was considered his greatest rival.
Woods celebrates with his caddy, Steve Williams, after his famous chip-in at the 2005 Masters. Woods won his fourth green jacket.
Woods hugs Williams after winning the British Open in Hoylake, England, in 2006. It was Woods’ first major win since his father’s death just a couple of months earlier.
Woods stands with his mother, Kultida, and daughter, Sam, as a statue of him and his father is unveiled at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, California, in January 2008.
Woods had a fractured tibia and a torn ligament in his knee, but he did notch a playoff win over Rocco Mediate at the 2008 US Open. It was his third US Open victory and 14th major title.
President Barack Obama received Woods in the Oval Office of the White House in April 2009.
Woods takes a shot during a practice round of the PGA Championship in August 2009.
Woods holds his daughter, Sam, as he and his wife, Elin, attend a Stanford football game in November 2009. Woods married Elin, a model, in 2004. The couple also have a son, Charlie.
Woods plays virtual golf with talk show host Jimmy Fallon in 2011.
Woods jokes with golf great Arnold Palmer after winning the Bay Hill Invitational in March 2013 and regaining his place as the best golfer in the world.
Woods falls to the ground in pain after shooting himself at The Barclays in August 2013. A few months later, he would undergo back surgery for a pinched nerve.
From left to right, Woods, Jason Dufner and Mickelson hang out at Muirfield Village Golf Club, where the Presidents Cup was held in Dublin, Ohio, in October 2013.
Woods kisses his then-girlfriend, superstar skier Lindsey Vonn, at an event in Beaver Creek, Colo., in 2015. The two dated for a couple of years.
Woods captained Team USA to a Presidents Cup victory in December 2019.
Woods putts during the second round of the Masters in November 2020.