The late 90s saw an incredible first-time event when Tiger Woods became both the youngest man and the first ever African American golfer to win in the 1997 U.S. Masters. Tiger Woods is now considered one of the best golfers in the world and also one of the most influential. With millions of fans across the country, Tiger Woods has moved up in the ranks and holds the spot as one of the best pro golfers of his time.
Tiger Woods’ friends have often complimented him on how tenacious and skillful he is, even when they’re only playing a friendly, non-competitive game. Born in Cypress, California, Tiger Woods would eventually go on to be named PGA Player of the Year a total of ten times over a twelve year period. Despite his strong career after earning the amazing title of the youngest winner of the U.S. Masters in 1997 and the first African American winner, Tiger Woods began struggling when personal problems began during 2009.
While still considered a great player, Tiger Woods is said to have been on the top of his game during the 90s. Born in 1975, Tiger Woods was the only child, parented by an Army Officer and a Thai mother. He got the nickname “tiger” from his father who had a friend of the same moniker. Woods was only a child when he began to learn gold. Woods’ father, Earl, taught him how to play and acted as his mentor. When Woods was about eight-years-old, he quickly began improving, so much so that he was actually featured on various TV shows, including Good Morning America.
Woods attended Stanford University and during the 90s he won multiple amateur awards and titles. He turned professional in 1996, and it was only a year later when he earned the title of one of the most skilled pro golf players. He won the U.S. Masters at Augusta in 97. He held the record score at 21 with 270 points. He was the youngest man to win the title and also the first African-American to do so.
Woods later appeared at the British Open that same year where he earned the course record of 64. Over the next few years, Woods would continue to improve his skills while gaining fans and earning the title of one of the most skilled and influential golf players in history.
The 90s saw much success for Tiger Woods’ career, and over the next few years he won four U.S. PGA titles, three Open Championships, three U.S. Opens, and three U.S. Masters. The early 2000s also brought a lot of success for Woods as he continued to up his game.
During 2003, Woods earned five wins including the Western Open and Buick Invitational. In 2004, Woods saw a drop in performance and he only won a single PGA Tour championship. But, while he may have struggled on the course that year, his personal life was going smoothly at the time.
Unfortunately for Woods, he would soon experience some personal troubles that would throw off his game later in the 2000s. But, in 2004, Woods married his long-time girlfriend and Swedish model, Elin Nordegren in October.
In 2005, Woods experienced more success when he won a total of six championships. For the seventh time in nine years, Woods was voted the PGA Tour Player of the Year. The next year, though, Woods began experiencing great personal troubles.
His father died in 2006. Earl had been Woods golf mentor and support system since he was a young boy, and Woods took the loss hard. At the time, Woods put a message on his website stating that Earl had been his best friend and "greatest role model". It was clear to everyone that Woods missed him deeply, but he persevered on the course and won several events.
The following year, both Woods’ personal and professional life were marked with many successful feats. He became a father when his wife gave birth to their daughter in 2007, and he took some time off from golf during this time to get to know his new baby girl. When he returned to the win PGA Championship and the World Gold Championship.
In 2009, Woods experienced some more personal problems that threw off his game. While he’s still considered one of the greatest players of all time, his best performances are said to have been in the 90s. His fans supported him through the tough time and remain loyal to this day.