NBCSports.com's Top 5 moments in Tiger Woods' career
The Tiger era begins: 1997 Masters
Less than a year after turning pro, Tiger Woods obliterated the competition at the 1997 Masters. Woods shot an amazing 18-under par to win his first Green Jacket by an eye-popping 12 strokes. Woods became the youngest player to win the Masters, broke the record for largest margin of victory, he was the first winner of the Masters of African or Asian descent and played all 72 holes without a three-putt.
No pain, no gain: 2008 U.S. Open
On April 15, 2008, Tiger underwent left knee arthroscopic surgery and missed two months on the PGA Tour. Woods returned for the 2008 U.S. Open. He had an up and down performance but birdied the 18th hole of the final round to force an 18-hole playoff with Rocco Mediate. Woods birdied the 18th to force sudden death and made par on the first sudden death hole to win his 14th major. Two days later it was announced he needed ACL surgery.
Career Grand Slam
Tiger became the youngest player in the history of golf to complete the Career Grand Slam at the age of 24, winning the British Open by eight strokes, and recording the lowest score in a major with an astounding 19-under over four rounds.
The Tiger Slam
Tiger became the first golfer in history to hold all four major championship titles at the same time when he won the 2001 Masters. Since all the wins weren't in the same calendar year, he wasn't credited with the Grand Slam, so the feat became known as the "Tiger Slam."
Heavy heart, huge win: 2006 British Open
On May 3, 2006 Tiger lost his mentor and father, Earl, to cancer. Woods took a nine-week hiatus from the tour and returned for the U.S. Open. He was clearly not himself, though, and missed the cut, the first time he had missed the cut at a Major since turning pro. Tiger roared back at the British Open, however, notching three eagles, 19 birdies, 43 pars and seven bogeys en route to an awe-inspiring 18-under par. An emotional Woods dedicated his play to his father.