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Career Highlights
  • Turned professional in 1996 at Greater Milwaukee Open (T-60)
  • First top-10 finish was at Quad City Classic (T-5) after holding a one-stroke lead through 54 holes.
  • Began final round of Las Vegas Invitational four strokes back, closed with 64 to force playoff with Davis Love III, then parred first extra hole for first TOUR win.
  • Earned $297,000 and was first sponsor's exemption to win TOUR event since Phil Mickelson at 1991 Northern Telecom Open.
  • At Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic shot a closing 66 for one-stroke win.
  • Named PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year.
  • Named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year
  • Set 72 hole record at Masters Tournament (70-66-65-69-270). The resulting 12-stroke margin of victory was another Masters record
    Member of 1997 Ryder Cup Team.
  • Named PGA of America and Golf Writers Association of America Player of the Year for 1997.
  • Associated Press chose his Masters win top sports story of 1997.
  • Associated Press' Male Athlete of the Year (first golfer in 26 years).
  • 1999 record earnings of $6,616,585 was nearly $3 million more than his nearest competitor, David Duval.
  • Was named PGA TOUR Player of the Year, PGA of America and GWAA Player of the Year for second time.
  • Made the cut in all 21 tournaments
  • Regained No. 1 position from Duval in Official World Golf Ranking following third victory of season and 10th of career at Motorola Western Open.
  • Became youngest player since Seve Ballesteros to win two majors with his victory at PGA Championship.
  • Won the World Golf Championships -- American Express Championship and became first player since Johnny Miller in 1974 to win eight times in year and first since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win four consecutive starts.
  • His 16 top-10s were the most in a single season since Payne Stewart had 16 in 1986.
  • Won the 1998, 1999 and 2000 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
  • Won 1991, 1992 and 1993 U.S. Junior Amateur Championships when no one before or since has won more than one.
  • In 1994, at TPC at Sawgrass, became youngest winner of U.S. Amateur at age 18.
  • His six consecutive years of winning a USGA championship are second only to Bobby Jones' eight.
  • Named year's top amateur player by Golf Digest and Golfweek in 1992 and Golf World in 1992 and 1993.
  • Golf World's "Man of the Year" in 1994.
  • Won 1996 NCAA Championship and was named Collegiate Player of the Year.
  • Only Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson are the only players to win NCAA and U.S. Amateur in same year.
 
 

 


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