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Tiger Woods (1975 - ...)

Woods, Eldrick (Tiger) (1975-...)

Tiger Woods (1975-...), an American golfer, created a sensation in the sports world with his brilliant play. In 2001, Woods won the 65th Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, becoming the only golfer in history to hold the four major professional championship titles at the same time. In 2000, Woods won golf's three other major tournaments -- the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the PGA Championship.

Woods won the British Open in 2000 with a record 19 under par, completing a career Grand Slam. The Grand Slam of golf consists of, in order of play, the Masters Tournament, the United States Open, the British Open, and the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Championship. Woods is the youngest golfer to complete a Grand Slam. The only other golfers to accomplish such a feat are Jack Nicklaus at age 26, Gary Player at 29, Gene Sarazen at 33, and Ben Hogan at 40. Woods won the 1997 Masters Tournament at the age of 21. He became the youngest golfer and the first with African American heritage to win the Masters. Woods set a record by playing the 72 holes of the tournament in 18 strokes under par. He also won the PGA Championship in 1999 and 2000. Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 strokes, the largest margin of victory in the Open and any other major championship. Woods is especially known for his long, accurate drives, but he has also gained praise for his complete game as well as his composure and his competitive intensity.

Woods first gained attention as an amateur golfer. He won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 1991, 1992, and 1993. He also won the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1994, 1995, and 1996. He won the Division I men's title in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships in 1996 while attending Stanford University. Woods turned professional in 1996 and won two tournaments as a pro in that year.

Woods was born in Cypress, California. His given name is Eldrick Woods. His father named him "Tiger" after an Army buddy. Woods had a great impact on golf internationally because of his diverse ethnic background, which is African American, American Indian, Chinese, European, and Thai.

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Golf Greats Feature

From its conception as a major sport, golf has produced man great players who have become legendary. Jack Nicklaus, Nick Price, Tiger Woods... Their names have become synonymous with golf. Their golf playing tactics are considered innovative and ingenious.

While women golfers like Nancy Lopez and Patty Berg have made indelible marks in golf history, paving the way for gender equality in the playing field, so to speak.

These men and women are our role models, inspiration and pride. Take a moment to get to know them by reading their short bios at WestchesterCountyGolf.com.

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