In pictures: Golf icon Tiger Woods

In pictures: Golf icon Tiger Woods

By Will Lanzoni and Kyle Almond, CNN

Tiger Woods changed the face of golf in the late 1990s, becoming one of the most famous athletes in the world.

In 1997, at the age of 21, he won the Masters tournament by 12 strokes— a record that still stands today. A couple of months later, he was No. 1 in the world.

Woods went on to dominate the sport for the next decade, winning 12 of his 15 major championships. Only Jack Nicklaus has won more(18). Woods is also tied with Sam Snead for the most career victories on the PGA Tour(82).

Injuries and off-course problems, however, have blighted the latter years of Woods' stellar career. In 2019, he won the Masters for his first major title in 11 years. It was two years after he had spinal fusion surgery. Another back surgery caused him to miss a couple of events at the start of 2021.

In February 2021, Woods was hospitalized after a single-vehicle rollover accident in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He suffered multiple fractures to his right leg and had to be pulled from his vehicle by emergency responders.

Woods would go on to play a handful of events in 2022, including three majors. On February 16, he will play the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club in California. Woods is the host of the tournament, and proceeds from it go to his foundation. It will be Woods' first PGA Tour event since October 2020. This is also the same tournament he played just before his car crash in 2021.

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