Profile of Tiger Woods
In 2012 Tiger Woods' game returned to form and he won
Hi, I'm Joe Chiodo for About.com. Today, we're taking a look at the career of one of the greatest golfers ever, Tiger Woods.Eldrick Tont Woods was born December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California. He learned golf at such a young age, he actually appeared on national television on the Mike Douglas Show, at the age of 2. At age 3, he shot a 48 over nine holes at Cypress Navy Golf Course. He hit his first hole in one at the age of 6. Woods became the youngest ever U.S. Amateur Champion at the age of 15. He successfully defended that title the next year, and was named Golf Digest's National Amateur Player of the year, among other honors.In 1994, Woods enrolled at Stanford University, accepting a scholarship to play as a member of its golf team. He was voted Pac-10 Player of the Year and was a 1st Team All-American his freshman year. In 1996, at the age of 20, he became the first golfer ever to win three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles. He left Stanford after two years to pursue professional golf.Woods launched his pro career in August, 1996, and immediately signed sponsorship deals with Nike Sports and Titleist, which amounted to some of the most lucrative deals in golf history at the time. In his first pro campaign, he was named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, and later that year proceeded on the fastest ascent to the world's number one golf ranking ever.Among his accomplishments, Tiger has:In addition to that, Woods was on track to earn more than a billion dollars in endorsements in the 15 years which followed his ascent to the professional ranks.In 2009, Woods was involved in a car accident with a fire hydrant outside of his Orlando home. Woods was the subject of supermarket tabloid fodder for alleged infidelities, and drug use. The news shocked the sports world, as it watched him fall from one of the highest pedestals. The revelations led to a very bitter and public divorce from his wife.Woods would go on to fire his longtime caddy Stevie Williams, hire a new swing coach, and enter treatment for sex addiction. For the next two years Woods' didn't win a golf tournament - and his golf game would reach new low after new low. But in 2012, Woods game would return to form, as he won three tournaments, bringing fans out in full force.To date, Woods has won 14 Major Championships and is determined to break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18. Whether he does or doesn't, Woods will still go down as one of the best players to ever live. And that's a look at the life of the living legend, Tiger Woods. I'm Joe Chiodo. For more information, check out About.com.