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3 May, 2015

Vonn, Woods split

Breakup

Vonn and Woods, announce breakup after dating for three years.

Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship. I will always cherish the memories that we’ve created together, Vonn wrote on Facebook. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart. I will always admire and respect Tiger. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart.

8 Apr, 2015

Will play in 2015 Masters

Woods will play in the 2015 Masters. After only playing 47 holes in competition this year, and withdrawing from the Farmers’ Insurance Open, Woods says steady progress on his home range in Jupiter along with two practice rounds at Augusta National last week convinced him he is ready:

It would come in flashes. I would get in these modes where it would come for ten minutes and I would just have it, just dialed in; and then I’d lose it for an hour; and then I’d get it back. And next thing you know, I’d flip to having it for an hour to ten minutes of losing it, and then it got to a point where it was just there.

On the pundits:

I’ve come to the understanding that I live it. I know exactly what I’m doing out here and I’ve hit the shots, and I don’t really need someone else’s secondhand opinion of what I was thinking of. I know exactly what I was doing out there.

29 Nov, 2014

Woods an ‘inspiration’

Vonn tells CNN that boyfriend Tiger Woods has been an ‘inspiration’ in helping her recover from knee surgery.

Tiger and I both went through rehab with our injuries at a similar time, so we were both in the gym together and pushing each other and motivating each other, both frustrated. I think we both helped each other a lot through that time, and I drew a lot of inspiration from him and I think he does the same with me. We continue to push each other and it’s a really positive relationship in that way.

18 Nov, 2014

Responds to Golf Digest article

Woods responds to a satirical article featuring an interview with a ‘fake’ Tiger Woods written by Dan Jenkins for the December issue of Golf Digest.

Did you read Dan Jenkins’ interview with me in the latest Golf Digest? I hope not. Because it wasn’t me. It was some jerk he created to pretend he was talking to me. That’s right, Jenkins faked an interview, which fails as parody, and is really more like a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination. Journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?

25 Aug, 2014

Parts ways with swing coach

Woods parts ways with swing coach Sean Foley after four years.

Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him. With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando, this is the right time to end our professional relationship.

7 Aug, 2014

Will play PGA

After pulling out of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational because of back spasms, Woods announces  he will play in the PGA tournament, which starts today. Woods did a nine-hole practice round yesterday and tells reporters:

I’m pain-free, except for the headache of talking to you guys.

3 Aug, 2014

2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational withdrawal

Woods withdraws from the competition in the middle of the fourth round due to back spasms. He says he aggravated his back on his second shot on Number 2, from the lip of a fairway bunker where he lost his balance and jumped into the sand trap. This is the third event he has participated in since back surgery in March of 2014. At this time, it is unclear whether Woods will play in the PGA Championship later this week or be chosen to play on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. As he prepares to leave, Woods says:

Just want to get out of here. I fell back into the bunker I just jarred it, and it’s been spasming every since. It’s just the whole lower back.

27 Jun, 2014

Out of tournament

Tiger Woods is out of 2014 Quicken Loans National Tournament Friday, June 27 after completes just two rounds.  He missed the cut at Congressional after shooting 4-over 75 in 2nd round (+7 overall).

I came back four weeks earlier than I thought we could. I had no setbacks, no pain. I got my feel for playing tournament golf. I’m encouraged by what happened this week. My short game was off. I made a ton of simple little mistakes. I probably should have spent more time chipping than I did. The thing I was worried about the most was hitting driver. I hit it really well the last two days.

25 Jun, 2014

‘Back feels good’

Woods’s takes his first shot in public in more than three-and-a-half months. The shot, a 4-iron that drifted into a bank at Congressional Country Club’s 10th hole, trickled into the pond below.

I hit some loose shots today. I also hit some really good ones. Back feels good, which is nice, which is a really good sign.

18 Mar, 2013

Woods, Vonn dating

Woods announces that he is dating Olympic gold medalist skier Lindsey Vonn via Facebook.

This season has been great so far and I’m happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral. Something nice that’s happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.

3 Jul, 2010

Divorce Settlement

Nordegren walks away with $100 million after her divorce to Woods, $20 million for each year of marriage. Woods originally offered Nordegren $55 million for two years or $80 million for seven years if she didn’t divorce him.

28 Nov, 2009

Fights with Nordegren, crashes car

Around 2:25 a.m., after Nordegren confronts Woods about rumors of his involvement with other women. When Woods leaves in his 2009 Cadillac Escalade, she hits Woods and his SUV with a golf club, and chases the car. Woods crashes his car into a fire hydrant and hits a tree. Initially it is reported that Nordegren heard the crash and went to Woods aid, smashing the rear window of the SUV to help him escape. Police arrived to find Woods, drifting in and out of consciousness, lying in the street with his wife watching over him.  He is taken to a nearby hospital about 10 minutes later. Woods also tells a non-law enforcement individual that he suffered facial lacerations from the crash. Police said the air bags on the 2009 Escalade did not deploy, meaning Woods was likely driving slower than 33 mph. The couple issue a statement:

Tiger Woods was in a minor car accident outside his home last night,” it read. “He was admitted, treated and released in good condition. We appreciate very much everyone’s thoughts and well wishes. 

13 Aug, 2009

Golf, rugby approved

A international committee approves golf and rugby sevens for possible inclusion in the 2016 games out of a list of seven sports, rejecting baseball, softball, and three others. The board submits the approved choices for ratification by the 106-member IOC in Copenhagen. Women’s boxing is also given final approval in the 2012 games. Woods supports golf’s ratification:

Golf is a truly global sport and it should have been in the Olympics a while ago. If it does get in, it would be great for golf and some of the other small countries that are now emerging in golf.

2 Sep, 2008

Woods, Nordegren second child

Woods and Nordegren expect their second child in late winter. About fatherhood, Woods says:

It was a dream come true for both Elin and myself. I’ve been changing diapers and doing feedings. I definitely don’t sleep now.

12 Aug, 2007

Wins PGA

89th PGA Championship - Final RoundAfter a 1-over 71 on day one of the tournament, Woods ties the major championship record by shooting 63 on day two at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He goes on to post 69-69 on the weekend and finish at 8-under, winning the PGA Championship by two shots over Woody Austin. It’s the second time Woods has successfully defended his title at the PGA, and the 13th major of his career.

 

18 Jun, 2007

Sam Alexis Woods is born

Birth

samWoods and Nordegren welcome daughter Sam Alexis into the world.

Both Elin and Sam are doing well and resting peacefully. We want to thank our doctors and the hospital staff for all their dedicated and hard work. This is truly a special time in our lives and we look forward to introducing Sam to our family and friends over the next few weeks. We thank everyone for their well wishes and continued respect of our privacy.

30 Dec, 2006

Woods, Nordegren first child

Woods announces that he and his wife are expecting their first child, due this summer. He plans to stay home for a few weeks before starting his PGA tour in late January.

As some of you know, today is my 31st birthday. I’ll spend it quietly with family and friends, but Elin and I have more exciting news to share: We are expecting our first child together this summer.

20 Aug, 2006

Wins 2nd PGA

Woods shoots four rounds in the 60s to take the PGA Championship with an -18 score of 270, five shots ahead of Shaun Micheel. It’s his 12th major and his second win at the PGA at Medinah Country Club.

If you compare it to how I was here in ’99 versus how I am now in 2006, (I have) just a better understanding of how to get more out of my round and how to handle the emotions better.

23 Jul, 2006

British Open: 11th major

Woods wins his 11 major at the British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, taking the championship by two shots over Chris DiMarco. It’s his first major since the death of his father, Earl.

He’s my best friend. He’s my father, he’s my best friend, he’s my mentor. I knew at Augusta National, that was the last championship he was probably ever going to see me play…Now he’s looking at it from a different perspective. He’s not looking at it on the TVs, he’s a bit above us.

2006 British Open – Tiger Woods Recap + Interview – Final Round

3 May, 2006

Earl Woods dies at 74

Death

Earl Woods dies age 74 at his California home after a long battle with cancer. Earl is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kutilda. Tiger:

My dad was my best friend and greatest role model, and I will miss him deeply. I’m overwhelmed when I think of all of the great things he accomplished in his life. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend.

17 Jul, 2005

Wins British Open

05british_299x377_0Woods leads wire-to-wire at the Old Course at St. Andrews, winning the British Open and his tenth major. He finishes at 14-under and five shots clear of Colin Montgomerie.

17 Apr, 2005

Fourth Masters Title

In a tournament that produces one of Woods’ most memorable career moments, Tiger takes The Masters with a birdie on the first playoff hole over Chris DiMarco. The two finish the weekend at 12-under, seven shots clear of third place. On the iconic par 3 16th hole, Woods chips the ball from the back of the green into the slope and watches it trickle down into the hole.

I was just trying to throw the ball up there on the hill and let it feed down there and hopefully have a makeable putt. All of a sudden, it looked really good, and it looked like how could it not go in, and how did it not go in, and all of a sudden it went in.

Tiger Woods – The Masters 16th hole 2005

5 Oct, 2004

Woods, Nordegren marry

Marriage

Woods and Norgedren marry after dating for four years. The couple wed in Barbados at the Barbados Resort Sandy Lane, in front of 200 family and friends. Source:

He didn’t act like he was going to get married. He was very relaxed, like this was any other day for him.

23 Jun, 2002

Wins second major

040612-sports-golf-tiger-woods-best-worst-moments-us-open-2002.jpg.custom1200x675x20Woods wins his second major in a row to start the year, starting talk of a potential grand slam. He wins the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in New York by three shots over Phil Mickelson with a 67-68-70-72-277, a score of 3-under par.

 

21 Apr, 2002

Wins second consecutive Masters

After a lengthening of Augusta National by 285 yards, Woods wins again with a 70-69-66-71-276, beating Retief Goosen by three shots. It’s his second straight win at The Masters and his third green jacket for his career.

15 Apr, 2001

Completes ‘Tiger Slam’

4wzXTgvWoods wins his fourth straight major, an accomplishment that will come to be known as the “Tiger Slam.” He shoots 70-66-68-68-272 for -16 and a two-shot victory over David Duval.

I have a better appreciation for winning a major championship. To win four of them in succession, it’s hard to believe. I don’t think I’ve ever accomplished anything this great.

27 Aug, 2000

Wins PGA

Woods out-duels Bob May, beating the relative unknown in a 3-hole playoff to win the PGA Championship. It’s Woods’ third major of the year and his second straight PGA Championship. Woods and May each shoot 31 on the back nine Sunday and out-distance third place by five shots.

It was a memorable battle today, and I enjoyed it. We never backed off from one another. Birdie for birdie, shot for shot, we were going right at each other. That’s as good as it gets.

Tiger Woods – 2000 PGA Championship recap

30 Jul, 2000

Completes career Grand Slam

tiger_2000Woods shoots 19-under at the British Open at the Old Course at St. Andrews, winning by eight shots and completing the career grand slam. He is two years younger than Jack Nicklaus was when he completed the career grand slam.

It’s the ultimate. This is the home of golf. This is where you always want to win. To have a chance to complete the slam at St. Andrews is pretty special. I was able to bring it home.

25 Jun, 2000

Largest margin U.S. Open victory

Woods sets the record for the largest margin of victory in a major championship by winning by 15 shots at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He sets or ties nine U.S. Open records while finishing the week at 12-under par. He becomes the first player ever to win a U.S. Junior Amateur, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open.

Records are great, but you don’t really pay attention to that. The only thing I know is I got the trophy sitting right next to me. To perform the way I did, and on one of the greatest venues in golf, it doesn’t get much better than that.

13 Apr, 1997

Wins first major at The Masters

Woods MastersWoods wins his first PGA Tour major, taking The Masters by 12-shots in the tournament’s largest margin of victory ever. He becomes the first African American to ever win the event, posting this lowest four-round total ever at August National with a 70-66-65-69-270. After the event, he pays homage to the black golfer to play in the tournament before him:

I think that’s why this victory is even more special. Lee Elder came here today and that meant a lot to me. He was the first. He was the one I looked up to, Charlie [Sifford], all of them. Because of them, I was able to play here. I was able to live my dream because of those guys. They came down and inspired me. I knew what I had to do. It really reinforced what I had to go out there and try to accomplish.

25 Aug, 1996

Wins third straight U.S. Amateur, turns pro

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.

16 Apr, 1995

Makes cut at The Masters

Woods competes in his first PGA Tour major, making the cut at The Masters by shooting 72-72 on the tournament’s first two days. Just the fourth black golfer to compete at The Masters, he finishes in 41st place, as the low amateur and with the longest driving distance of the week. Jack Nicklaus takes note:

My God, I had no idea how long he was.

28 Aug, 1994

Wins first U.S. Amateur

golf_g_twoods_94amateur_200Woods wins his first U.S. Amateur, coming from 6-down against Trip Kuehne in the championship match. At the age of 18, he becomes the youngest to ever win a U.S. Amateur, taking the final with a 2-up victory after a go-ahead birdie on the iconic 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in Ponta Vedra Beach, Florida.

1991

Wins first U.S. Junior Amateur

Woods becomes the youngest player ever to win the U.S. Junior Amateur, the USGA’s junior match play championship. He wins the tournament at 15 years and 220 days old by defeating Brad Zwetschke in 19 holes in the championship match at Bay Hill Club in Orlando.

1981

Early media attention

Woods starts to elicit more media attention at age five. CBS features the young golfer. He appears on the TV show, That’s Incredible. Golf Digest does an article on Woods titled 5-year-old Tiger – he’s incredible. The piece quotes golf pro Rudy Duran, who plays with Woods and his father on Sundays:

The kids’s not exceptional. He’s way beyond that. He hits everything right down the middle. What he’s accomplishing at his age is phenomenal.

30 Dec, 1975

Tiger Woods born in Cypress, California

Birth

Tiger Woods and father EarlEldrick Tont Woods is born in Cypress, California, to Earl Woods, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, and Kultida Woods, a native of Thailand with a mixed cultural background. He’s nicknamed in honor of a friend and Vietnamese soldier who Earl also called Tiger. Woods is the only child of Earl and Kultida but has three half-siblings. He attends Cerritos Elementary School in Anaheim:

 I would go and hit balls and it goes kind of quiet for a while, and then the next thing I know and he’s looking over my shoulder and he’s kind of watching and just kind of eyeing me. Then I’ll hit and he’ll hit and his swing starts mimicking what I am doing. That’s how I learned the game and my dad just kept it so light, fun and competitive, and I fell in love with it.

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