Tiger Woods at the Masters for the 26th time

For the 26th time in his career, Tiger Woods is gearing up to play The Masters. His debut in 1995 at the age of 19, where he finished the tournament in 41st place, distinguishing himself as the best amateur.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Tiger Woods at the Masters for the 26th time
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For the 26th time in his career, Tiger Woods is gearing up to play The Masters. His debut in 1995 at the age of 19, where he finished the tournament in 41st place, distinguishing himself as the best amateur. The first triumph came in 1997, followed by the second in 2001, with the hat-trick achieved in 2002.

Then, in 2005, the fourth victory, and in 2019, the fifth.

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Exactly five years ago, "The Big Cat" achieved one of his greatest feats, also capitalizing on Francesco Molinari's late collapse. In 2023, the Californian emulated Gary Player (1959-1982) and Fred Couples (1983-2007) by making the cut at The Masters for the 23rd consecutive time, only to retire due to injury after playing 7 holes in the third round.

And now he's aiming for the record. Never before in the history of this Major has anyone made the cut for 24 consecutive times. But there's more: because the 15-time Major champion dreams of winning The Masters for the sixth time, thus equaling Jack Nicklaus' record.

Alongside him at Augusta, Woods will have Lance Bennett as his caddie, with whom he already collaborated at the Genesis Invitational (PGA Tour) last February. Tiger Woods, born Eldrick Tont Woods (Cypress, California, December 30, 1975), is an American professional golfer.

He is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. His father, Earl, is a retired member of the United States armed forces. His father has African, Chinese, and Native American ancestry, while his mother, Kultida, has Thai, Chinese, and Dutch ancestry.

His given name is Eldrick. He was nicknamed "Tiger" after his father's friend from the Vietnam War. Over time, everyone called him Tiger, so he officially adopted the name. He was a prodigy from a young age, starting to play golf at the age of two.

He learned from his father, who was a decent amateur golfer. At the age of 3, he appeared on television and played golf against actor Bob Hope. At 8 years old, he won the World Junior Golf Championship. At 18, he became the youngest player in history to win the U.S.

Amateur Championship. He achieved remarkable results in junior competition and later in senior competition. In 2005, at the age of 29, he reached a milestone by winning ten major professional golf titles, placing him third of all time behind Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen.

He and Bobby Jones are the only golfers to have won thirteen major titles before turning 30. Tiger Woods has won the most PGA Tour events of any active golfer. He has won a significant number of different golf tournaments, accolades, and awards.

In December 2009, a sexual scandal erupted when several women came forward via the media, alleging affairs with him. He personally admitted to having cheated on his wife multiple times. He took a hiatus from professional golf until April 2010.

In June 2010, Forbes magazine declared Tiger Woods the world's wealthiest athlete with earnings exceeding $100 million. He earns a substantial income from endorsements and sponsorship deals. His successes have done much to popularize golf, especially among ethnic minorities and young people in the United States.

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