Tiger Woods’ return to golf at the Masters would be “phenomenal,” says Rory McIlroy

Woods had his first taste of fame when he was just 2 years old. The young golf prodigy appeared on The Mike Douglas Show in 1978 and won a putting contest with comedian Bob Hope.

Woods, 6, measures a putt in Los Alamitos, California in 1982. His real name is Eldrick, but his father nicknamed him “Tiger,” after a South Vietnamese soldier he fought with during the Vietnam War.

Woods and his father Earl celebrate after a 15-year-old tiger won the 1991 US Junior Amateur Championship. He also won the event in 1992 and 1993.

Woods, 16, tees off at the 1992 Los Angeles Open. This was his first taste of PGA Tour competition, albeit as an amateur. He missed the 36-hole cut.

Woods played for the United States during the World Amateur Team Cup held in France in 1994.

Woods hits a tee shot at the 1995 Walker Cup, an international team event.

Woods speaks to the media after winning his third straight US amateur win in 1996. All his life, Woods has worn red on the final day of a major tournament.

Woods played college golf at Stanford University for two years. In 1996 he won the NCAA singles title in golf.

Woods turned pro in August 1996 and it wasn’t long before he won his first tournament. Six weeks after announcing he was turning pro – with a famous “Hello, World” ad campaign for Nike – Woods won the Las Vegas Invitational. That got him that big check, a two-year waiver from the PGA Tour, and a spot in the following year’s Masters tournament.

Woods made history at the 1997 Masters by sweeping the field by 12 shots and winning his first major. It was also a record-low Masters score of 18 under par at the time.

Woods hugs his father Earl after winning the 1997 Masters. Earl, a former Green Beret, has been widely credited with developing his son’s amazing talent and making him the ultimate competitor.

Woods arrives at an airport in Hamburg in May 2000.

Woods plays a shot from the ninth fairway during the 2000 US Open in Pebble Beach, California. Woods won the tournament by 15 shots, a record for any major. At this point it was Wood’s third major title; He had also won the 1999 PGA Championship.

A month after the US Open, Woods won the 2000 British Open at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. That earned him a career grand slam at the age of 24 – a win in each of the four different majors.

Woods bangs out of the rough at the 2000 PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. Throughout his career, Woods has always had the largest galleries, with thousands of people flocking from hole to hole to watch him play. He is also credited with attracting millions of new fans to the sport.

Woods reacts as he sinks a putt during a playoff at the 2000 PGA Championship. Woods defeated Bob May in the playoffs to win his third straight Major.

Fans watch as Woods tees off on the 18th hole at the 2001 Masters. Woods won the event and completed what is now called the Tiger Slam – four major titles in a row.

Woods chats with golf legend Jack Nicklaus at the June 2001 Memorial tournament. The two are widely regarded as the two greatest golfers in history, and only Nicklaus has won more major titles than Woods.

Woods arrives in a military vehicle in front of a golf exhibition in Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 2004. Woods spent the week training with Army troops before hosting a junior golf clinic for his Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods’ father Earl was stationed at the base in the 1960s.

Woods and Phil Mickelson line up their putts during the final round of the March 2005 Ford Championship. For much of Woods’ career, Mickelson was considered his greatest rival.

Woods celebrates with caddy Steve Williams after his famous chip-in at the 2005 Masters. Woods won his fourth green jacket.

Woods hugs Williams after winning the 2006 British Open in Hoylake, England. It was Woods’ first major win since his father’s death just a few months earlier.

Woods stands with his mother Kultida and daughter Sam when a statue of him and his father was unveiled at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, California in January 2008.

Woods had a broken shin and torn ligaments in his knee, but he clinched a playoff win over Rocco Mediate at the 2008 US Open. It was his third US Open win and 14th major title.

President Barack Obama received Woods in the Oval Office of the White House in April 2009.

Woods hits a shot during a PGA Championship practice round in August 2009.

Woods holds his daughter Sam as he and his wife Elin attend a football game at Stanford in November 2009. Woods married Elin, a model, in 2004. The couple also have a son, Charlie.

Woods plays virtual golf with talk show host Jimmy Fallon in 2011.

Woods jokes with golf great Arnold Palmer after he won the Bay Hill Invitational in March 2013 and regained his place as the world’s top golfer.

Woods falls to the ground in pain after firing a shot at The Barclays in August 2013. A few months later, he underwent surgery for a pinched nerve in his back.

From left: Woods, Jason Dufner and Mickelson meet at Muirfield Village Golf Club, home of the October 2013 Presidents Cup in Dublin, Ohio.

Woods kisses his then-girlfriend, skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn, at an event in Beaver Creek, Colorado in 2015. The two dated for a few years.

Woods led the US team to a Presidents Cup victory in December 2019.

Woods putts during the second round of the November 2020 Masters.

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Jake Nichol

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