Tiger at 40: Woods' career-defining moments (1994-2001)


In a three-part feature to mark Tiger Woods' 40th birthday, we have identified 40 standout moments - good and bad - from the 14-time major champion's illustrious career.

Part one focuses on Woods' early success, culminating in an unprecedented 'Tiger Slam' in 2001.


August 28, 1994  - At the age of 18, Woods becomes the youngest winner of the U. S. Amateur Championship, coming back from six down after 13 holes of the final to beat Trip Kuehne at Sawgrass. Woods went on to retain the trophy in 1995 and 1996.


April 6, 1995 -  Tiger makes his major championship debut at the 1995 Masters. The only amateur to make the cut at Augusta that year, he finishes in a tie for 41st.


August 28, 1996 - Woods turns professional ahead of the Greater Milwaukee Open, where he makes a hole-in-one but finishes tied for 60th.


October 6, 1996 -  Wins his first PGA Tour event at the 90-hole Las Vegas Invitational, shooting a final-round 64 before beating Davis Love III in a play-off.


April 13, 1997 -  Claims his maiden major in sensational style at Augusta, winning by 12 strokes with a record total of 270 (18 under par) to become the youngest Masters champion at 21. The victory came in Woods' 15th professional start.


June 15, 1997 - Still only 21, Woods takes over at the top of the world rankings for the first time. To date, he has spent a record 683 weeks at number one, more than double his nearest rival, Greg Norman (331 weeks).


September 26, 1997 - Woods makes his Ryder Cup debut at Valderrama, as the United States suffer a narrow 14.5-13.5 defeat. Despite being golf's dominant figure for much of the intervening period, Woods has a relatively modest record in the biennial event, having picked up 14 points from 29 matches. His performances in fourball and foursomes matches have often been the subject of criticism.


August 15, 1999 -  More than two years on from winning his first major, Woods picks up his second in the US PGA Championship at Medinah - pipping a teenage Sergio Garcia by a shot.


June 18, 2000 - Now at the peak of his powers, Woods demolishes the field in the U.S. Open. A score of 12 under at Pebble Beach sees Tiger finish 15 strokes clear of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Ernie Els. This remains the record margin of victory in a major.


July 23, 2000 - Tiger completes a career Grand Slam with another record-breaking triumph, this time in The Open at St Andrews. Finishing eight clear of Els and Thomas Bjorn, he sets a new benchmark for the lowest score in relation to par in a major. Jason Day finally surpassed this mark at the 2015 US PGA Championship with a 20-under winning total.


August 20, 2000 -  Woods defends his US PGA title and joins Ben Hogan in becoming only the second man to win three of the four modern-day majors in the same year. Woods also sets a record score for the tournament, again beaten by Day this year, as he and Bob May finish on 18 under before the latter is beaten in a play-off.


April 8, 2001 -  The 'Tiger Slam' is completed as Woods wins at Augusta for a second time to hold all four major titles at once - an unprecedented feat since the Masters was first played in 1934. On this occasion, he holds off David Duval and Phil Mickelson to land another green jacket.