Tiger Woods reacts after winning the Masters golf tournament in April 2019. It was his 15th major title and his first since 2008.
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In pictures: Golf icon Tiger Woods

Updated 1:17 PM ET, Wed April 7, 2021

Tiger Woods reacts after winning the Masters golf tournament in April 2019. It was his 15th major title and his first since 2008.
David J. Phillip/AP

Tiger Woods changed the face of golf in the late 1990s, becoming one of the most famous athletes in the world.

In 1997, at the age of 21, he won the Masters tournament by 12 strokes — a record that still stands today. A couple of months later, he was No. 1 in the world.

Woods went on to dominate the sport for the next decade, winning 12 of his 15 major championships. Only Jack Nicklaus has won more (18). Woods is also tied with Sam Snead for the most career victories on the PGA Tour (82).

Injuries and off-course problems, however, have blighted the latter years of Woods' stellar career. In 2019, he won the Masters for his first major title in 11 years. It was two years after he had spinal fusion surgery. Woods recently announced another back surgery, causing him to miss a couple of events at the start of 2021.

Woods was hospitalized earlier this year after a single-vehicle rollover accident in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He suffered multiple fractures to his right leg and had to be pulled from his vehicle by emergency responders.