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Tiger Woods

Wins third straight U.S. Amateur, turns pro

25 Aug, 1996

Woods makes history with his third straight U.S. Amateur championship at age 20. He comes back from 5-down against Steve Scott to win on the second playoff hole at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon. Woods becomes the event’s only three-time winner. The night of his victory, he says that he will be announcing his decision to turn professional in the coming days:

I had intended to stay in school, play four years at Stanford and get my degree, but things change. I didn’t know my game was going to progress to this point. It got harder to get motivated for college matches, and since I accomplished my goal of winning the NCAA, it was going to get harder still. Finally, winning the third Amateur in a row is a great way to go out. I always said I would know when it was time, and now is the time.