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Tiger Woods
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December 30, 1975 Eldrick Woods is born to Kultida and Earl Woods in Cypress, California. His father calls him "Tiger," the nickname of his Vietnam War buddy, Nguyen Phong, whom Earl Woods admired for his bravery.

1978 The golf prodigy appears on the "The Mike Douglas Show" and hits balls with comedian Bob Hope.

1981 The TV show "That's Incredible!" features Woods and his golfing talent.

1984 Woods wins his first Junior World Championship, in the 10-and-under division.

1991 The 15-year-old Woods becomes the youngest player to win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

1992 At 16, Woods becomes the youngest participant in a PGA Tour tournament when he enters the Nissan Open. He shoots five over par and misses the cut.
1994 More golf history is made when Woods becomes the youngest winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship. He also becomes the only United States Golf Association (USGA) player to win both Junior Amateur and Amateur titles. He enters Stanford University on a golf scholarship.
1995 Woods plays in his first professional major championship, the Masters, as an amateur. Stanford suspends him from the golf team for one day for writing Masters diaries for golf magazines.
1996 Woods leaves Stanford and turns professional at age 20. He signs a $40 million promotional deal with Nike, plus a $20 million deal with Titleist, and goes on to his first professional victory at the PGA Tour's Las Vegas Invitational. Sports Illustrated magazine names Woods its Sportsman of the Year. The young pro launches the Tiger Woods Foundation to provide scholarships and access to golf courses for inner-city children.
1997 Beating records set by golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd, Woods wins the Masters with a 72-hole, 270 score. The youngest player to win the Masters, Woods lands in the top spot of the Official World Golf Ranking.
1998 An 11-tournament losing streak causes Woods' ranking to slump. He wins only one Tour victory during the year, the BellSouth Classic.
1999 Following his brief losing streak, Woods rebounds to win six consecutive tournaments. He becomes the first golfer to earn more than $6 million in a single year.
2000 Woods wins the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship for the second year in a row.
2001 Woods wins the Masters, his fourth consecutive Majors win.
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