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Why Tiger Woods is the Best Golfer of All Time

Updated on November 3, 2014

Tiger Woods has been playing golf since he was a baby. His accomplishments will be mirrored by no other person and he will live, and eventually die, the best golfer of all time. Let's look at Tiger's Timeline of Achievements...

1976

  • At only 6 months old, Tiger began imitating his father's swing after watching him golf

1978

  • At age 2, Tiger appeared on The Mike Douglas Show and showed off his putting and driving skills against Bob Hope

1979

  • 3 year old Tiger shot a 48 in a round of 9 holes

1981

  • 5 year old Tiger appeared in Golf Digest and on ABC's That's Incredible!

1984

  • At age 8, Tiger won the Optimist International Junior Championship
  • He would win this again at 9 then, at ages 12, 13, 14, and 15

Tiger at 14

1991

  • At age 15, Tiger became the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur Champion in golf history
  • He was voted Southern California's Amateur Player of the Year for the second consecutive time
  • Golf Digest named him Amateur Player of the Year

1992

  • Tiger became the first person to defend their title at the U.S. Junior National Championships (He would return the next year and defend it again)
  • At age 16, he competed in his first PGA Tour event at the Nissan Los Angeles Open

1994

  • At age 18, Tiger won the U.S. Amateur Championship at TPC Sawgrass (Youngest Winner Ever)
  • Enrolled in Stanford University and won his first collegiate event

1995

  • Defended his U.S. Amateur title
  • Voted PAC 10 Player of the Year
  • NCAA first team All-American
  • Won Stanford's Male Freshman of the Year Award (every sport, not just golf)
  • Participated in The Masters (his first PGA Tour Major) and tied for 41st (only amateur to make the cut)

1996

  • At age 20, Tiger became the first golfer, ever, to win the U.S. Amateur Title 3 consecutive times
  • Won NCAA Individual Men's Championship
  • Tied the British Open's record of 281 for an Amateur
  • Turned Pro in August and signed a $40 Million endorsement deal with Nike and a $20 Million deal with Titleist
  • Won the Las Vegas International and the Disney/Oldsmobile Classic, earning him almost $800,000 in only 8 events
  • Voted Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
  • Won PGA Tour Rookie of the Year

1997

  • 21 year old Tiger won his first Major Championship, winning The Masters (Youngest Ever) by 12 shots (His score of -18 is still the record today as well as his margin of victory)
  • Won 3 PGA events
  • Achieved World Ranking #1 in only 42 weeks as a pro
  • Voted PGA Player of the Year
  • The Associated Press voted him Male Athlete of the Year

1999

  • Tiger earned $6,616,585, a record for winnings in a year
  • Achieved 16 top-10 Finishes in 21 starts
  • 8 PGA Victories
  • Won his second Major at the PGA Championship
  • Tiger was a member of the USA Golf Team in the Ryder Cup that staged an impossible comeback during the final day to win
  • Voted PGA Player of the Year and AP Male Athlete of the Year (2nd time in 3 years)

2000

  • At age 24, Tiger won the first two events of the year (Mercedes Championship and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), which got him his 6th PGA Tour victory in a row (Longest streak since Ben Hogan in 1948)
  • Won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by, a record, 15 strokes (Record for the largest margin of victory in any Major)
  • Broke or Tied 9 records at the U.S. Open
  • Became the Tour's All Time Money Leader
  • Became the 5th player ever (and Youngest) to win the Grand Slam after winning the British Open by 8 strokes (His score of -19 is still the lowest at St. Andrews)
  • Won his second consecutive PGA Championship and third consecutive Major title
  • Joined Ben Hogan as one of the only two players to ever win 3 Majors in one season

2001

  • Won his second Masters and became the first person to be the reigning champion of all 4 Majors simultaneously
  • Won 5 PGA events
  • PGA Player of the Year for the 3rd straight year

2002

  • At age 26, Tiger won his second consecutive Masters (3rd Overall)
  • Became the youngest player in history to win 7 PGA Majors
  • Won his second U.S. Open

2003

  • Tiger came in first in 5 of the 18 Tournaments he entered
  • Won over $6.6 Million

2004

  • First player to ever pass the $40 Million mark in career earnings
  • Lost his #1 ranking to an unstoppable Vijay Singh, ending his Top Ranking record of 264 weeks


2005

  • Won the Buick Invitational (ended his slump since 2003)
  • Won the Masters for the 4th time (Joined Jack Nicklaus [6] and Arnold Palmer [4] as the only people to win The Masters 4 or more times)
  • Won the British Open for the second time (10th Major)
  • 29 year old Tiger became the only person to join Jack Nicklaus in winning each Major at least twice

2006

  • Started off the season with a win (4th time) when he won the Buick Invitational
  • Tiger's Father, Earl, died of cancer in May and when Tiger returned to golf, he missed the cut for the U.S. Open, tying Jack Nicklaus' record at 39 Majors without missing the cut
  • Tiger won his 11th Major when he won the British Open for a third time
  • Won the Buick Open and became the youngest player to win 50 PGA events (Jack Nicklaus was 33 when he reached this mark)
  • Tiger won his 12th Major after winning the PGA Championship

2007

  • 31 year old Tiger won the PGA Championship again and clinched his 13th Major
  • Woods was 13-0 when going into a Major in first place on the final day
  • Was the Inaugural FedEx Champion

2008

  • Tiger won the Buick Invitational for the 6th time, marking his 62nd PGA Tour Victory
  • Tiger won the U.S. Open for the 3rd time
  • Announced he would have knee surgery to repair his ACL

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2009

  • Tiger returned 8 months after knee surgery
  • Got his 70th PGA Tour win after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
  • FedEx Champion
  • Tiger became the first athlete to reach $1 Billion in earnings
  • In December he announced that he would be taking a leave from golf
  • Was declared the Associated Press Athlete of the Decade

Nike Commercial Featuring Earl Woods

2010

  • Tiger and Nike team up and shoot a controversial commercial before his return to golf
  • Tiger returns to The Masters and loses to Phil Mickelson


2011

  • Tiger won the unofficial Chevron World Challenge in December, bringing him out of a slump

2012

  • Tiger got his first official PGA Tour win since 2009 after defeating an elite field at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (72nd win)
  • Tiger wins the Memorial Tournament in June and AT&T National in July
  • He would end up getting 3rd in the FedEx Cup rankings
  • Brings his World Ranking back up to 4th


2013

  • Tiger won 5 times, bringing his total winson the PGA tour to 79
  • After his wins in March, Tiger reclaimed the number 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings
  • He helped the US National Team win the President's Cup
  • Tiger won the PGA Tour Player of the Year for the 11th time
  • He was the PGA Tour Money Leader for the 10th time
  • He won his 9th Vardon Trophy (Highest Scoring Average)
  • Tiger won his 14th Mark H. McCormack Award (Player with the most weeks spent at #1 in a year)

2014 (As of November 3)

  • Started and made the cut 3 times out of 3 events but required surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back
  • Missed The Masters for the first time since 1997
  • Despite shooting only a +1 after 3 rounds, Tiger withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone because his swing was causing him pain. Tiger left the tournament after his drive on the 9th hole caused him to injure himself further
  • October 20th reports indicate that Tiger was back on the range, practicing. Hitting balls comfortably made everyone watching believe he will be back soon.
  • Tiger is due to compete in the Hero World Challenge December 4-7th, in Orlando


Overall Achievements/Awards

  • PGA Tour Wins.....................79
  • Major Championships..........14
  • Rookie of the Year................1
  • PGA Player of the Year........11
  • PGA Tour PoY.......................11


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    • boothe56 profile image
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      boothe56 3 years ago from Missouri

      So far, you've been correct...His Major slump still lingers

    • treebark profile image

      treebark 5 years ago from Factoryville

      Sorry, but my guy is Jack Nicholas! Will Tiger pass Jack in majors won? I do not think so.

    • sandonia profile image

      sandonia 5 years ago

      Tiger is awesome. End of discussion.