Posted: Jan 19, 2017 01:06 PM PST
Updated: Jan 19, 2017 01:06 PM PST
Tiger Woods has been the dominant golfer of his generation and the sport's most iconic figure. Take a look back at his career and life so far.
Woods was a child prodigy, introduced to the game of golf before the age of 2 by his father Earl, himself a single-figure handicap amateur golfer and former college baseball player. He's seen here with his father and mother in a photo from September 1990.
Woods putts the ball during a tournament on Sept. 22, 1990. He was 14 at the time and year away from his first of three straight U.S. Junior Amateur Championships.
Woods watches his shot during the 1992 Los Angeles Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.
Woods looks on during the 1993 Los Angeles Open.
In 1994, at the TPC at Sawgrass in Florida, he became the youngest-ever winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship, a record he held until 2008 when it was broken by Danny Lee. The 18-year-old was about to start the first of his two years at Stanford University, where he would win the NCAA individual golf championship in 1996 before turning pro.
At age 19, Woods participated in his first PGA Tour major, the 1995 Masters Tournament, and tied for 41st as the only amateur to make the cut.
He won his second straight U.S. Amateur Championship in August 1995, successfully defending his title at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.
He wrapped up his amateur career by winning a third straight U.S. Amateur Championship in August 1996, becoming the first golfer ever to win the title three consecutive times.
A 20-year-old Tiger Woods made his professional debut on the PGA Tour at the Greater Milwaukee Open in August 1996, tying for 60th place.
His first professional victory came on Oct. 6, 1996, when he won the Las Vegas Invitational.
In April 1997, Woods won his first major, the Masters, becoming, at age 21, the tournament's youngest-ever winner. It was also the first of 14 majors in his career so far, second only to Jack Nicklaus' 18.
Woods, seen here putting during the U.S. Open Championship on June 13, 1997, would capture the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking two days later. He set a record by making the top spot in only his 42nd week as a professional.
Woods faded a bit in the second half of the 1997 season and only won one PGA Tour event in 1998. However, 1999 would see him rebound in a big way. He won the Buick Invitational in February 1999, tying a course record with a 22-under-par performance, and then won the Memorial Tournament in June 1999 (pictured).
The Memorial victory set off one of the greatest sustained periods of dominance in the history of men's golf. Woods tied for third at the 1999 U.S. Open and then won the Motorola Western Open before capturing his second major by winning the PGA Championship in August (pictured).
He finished out the rest of the 1999 season by winning his last four events, finishing the season with eight wins, something not achieved since 1974. He was voted the PGA Tour Player of the Year and the Associated Press Male Athlete of the year for the second time in three years. He also capped off the season by helping the U.S. to victory in the Ryder Cup.
Woods captured his first U.S. Open title in June 2000 at Pebble Beach, giving him his third major and putting him just a British Open victory away from a career grand slam.
It didn't take him long to complete that career grand slam, winning the British Open just a month later. He became the youngest golfer to compete a career grand slam at age 24.
For good measure, he won his second straight PGA Championship a month later, giving him three straight victories in majors. The only major he didn't win during the 2000 season was the Masters, where he finished fifth.
Woods won the Male Athlete of the Year at the ESPY Awards on Feb. 12, 2001.
Woods made up for falling short of a calendar grand slam in 2000 by winning his second Masters title in April 2001. The win gave him what was branded the "Tiger Slam," with Woods holding all four major titles at the same time. He would also repeat as Masters champion in 2002 and win the tournament again in 2005.
Woods began dating Elin Nordegren, a Swedish former model, after the two were introduced during the 2001 British Open by Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik, who had employed Nordegren as an au pair.
Woods and Nordegren, seen here during the opening ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup in Ireland, became engaged in November 2003 and married on Oct. 5, 2004, in Barbados.
Woods meets Commander Carrier Group Eight (CCG-8) Rear Adm. Denby H. Starling II aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Arabian Gulf on March 3, 2004. Woods, accompanied by his fiancé Elin Nordegren, PGA player Mark O'Meara, and caddies Steve Williams and Greg Rita, visited the carrier before participating in the European PGA Tour's Dubai Desert Classic the following day.
Woods answers questions about his week-long Army experience at Fort Bragg, during a press conference there April 16, 2004, after a youth golf clinic. Woods took part in a variety of training events, including a jump from an airplane. Beside Woods is his father, retired Army Lt. Col. Earl Woods, a former Green Beret who served at Fort Bragg. Earl Woods died of a heart attack at age 74 on May 3, 2006.
Woods again slumped by his standards after winning the Masters and the U.S. Open in 2002, winning only five tournaments in 2003 and one in 2004, with no majors. After losing his No. 1 ranking to Vijay Singh in September 2004 after a record streak of 264 weeks, he again rebounded, winning six PGA Tour events during the 2005 season, including his fourth (and most recent) Masters victory and second British Open win (pictured).
Woods and former President Bill Clinton meet with Tiger Woods Learning Center participants during the center's Feb. 10, 2006, dedication in Anaheim, California. The center provides educational resources for underprivileged children.
Woods again won the British Open in 2006 (his third and most recent victory in that major) and the PGA Championship for a third and fourth time in 2006 and 2007. His most recent major came with a U.S. Open win on June 16, 2008, by beating Rocco Mediate on the first hole of sudden-death playoff following an 18-hole playoff. Woods actually missed most of the 2008 season recovering from knee surgery, only playing in six PGA Tour events, but winning four of them and finishing second at the Masters.
Woods speaks at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., during inaugural opening ceremonies for President Barack Obama on Jan. 18, 2009.
President Barack Obama greets Woods in the Oval Office on April 20, 2009.
Woods recovered from his knee problems and returned to the PGA Tour in 2009, but soon ran into off-the-course problems for the first time in his career. After being treated for minor injuries suffered when he crashed his SUV outside his Florida mansion in November 2009, reports of alleged marital infidelity began surfacing. He eventually released a statement on Dec. 2 admitting to "transgressions" and saying he was taking an indefinite break from competitive golf. That was followed by a televised apology in February 2010.
Amid reports detailing Woods' extramarital relations with more than a dozen women, he and Nordegren divorced on Aug. 23, 2010. Although some speculated that Nordegren would receive as much as $750 million in the divorce, reports from various sources close to Nordegren have placed the final number at between $100 million and $110 million.
While video game developer Electronic Arts and Nike stuck by Tiger Woods after news of his extramarital affairs hit the tabloids, he lost his endorsements with Gillette, management consulting firm Accenture, AT&T, General Motors and Gatorade. According to Business Insider, Woods lost roughly $22 million in endorsements in 2010. He also lost all the golf tournaments he played in 2010 and in 2011. He then won three tournaments in 2012 and five more in 2013, but hasn't won a tournament since the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational on Aug. 4, 2013.
Keith Urban, Tiger Woods and John Mayer appear at Tiger Jam 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 30, 2011, in Las Vegas. The event benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.
On March 18, 2013, Woods announced that he and skier Lindsey Vonn were dating. The couple were often seen at each other's events before breaking up in May 2015.
Woods waits with his son Charlie and daughter Sam during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia.
Woods walks with his swing coach Chris Como on the practice ground during the final round of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2015. Woods finished the tournament tied for 17th.
Rickie Fowler and Woods shake hands on the ninth green during the second round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 19, 2015, in University Place, Washington.
After his performance at the 2015 Masters, Woods missed the cut at the next three majors in 2015. He's seen here talking to the media after finishing up his weather-delayed second round at the PGA Championship on Aug. 15, 2015, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Woods and his daughter Sam attend the tennis match between Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini on Day Five of the US Open on Sept. 4, 2015, in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York City.