Factbox: The golf career of Tiger Woods

Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:27pm EST
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(Reuters) - Tiger Woods, who took an "indefinite break" from golf in December after admitting to infidelity in his marriage, will discuss his future on Friday and "apologize for his behavior," his manager said.

Here are the key facts in Woods' life and career:


* Born in Cypress, California on December 30, 1975. His full name is Eldrick Tont Woods.

* A child prodigy, he won three consecutive U.S. junior titles and three successive U.S. amateur championships before turning professional in late 1996.

* Ended that year with PGA Tour victories at the Las Vegas Invitational and Walt Disney Classic.


* Became the youngest Masters winner with a tournament record aggregate of 18-under-par 270 at Augusta National in 1997. His victory margin of 12 shots was the biggest in the tournament's history.

* After a lean spell in 1998, when he revamped his swing with coach Butch Harmon, Woods won eight titles in a golden run on the 1999 PGA tour, including his second major at the PGA Championship where he held off a charging Sergio Garcia.   Continued...