You might not have played golf in your whole life or perhaps you hate the game of golf. But you can't deny knowing the name of the greatest golfing sportsperson on the planet who has lifted the game to a new level. Yes, we are talking about Tiger Woods!

Eldrick Woods, commonly known as 'Tiger', was born on December 30, 1975 to Earl and Kultida in Colorado, USA. His inclination for the game became obvious when at the age of 6, he imitated his father swinging the club and hitting a golf ball into a net. He also appeared on TV shows and a golf magazine even before he was admitted to school.

Tiger Wood's achievements in the golf field to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time. He has had an unprecedented career since becoming a professional golfer in August 1996. He announced his arrival on the world stage after winning two tournaments in a span of three months as a pro. He was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated as well as the PGA Rookie of the Year and PGA Player of the Year that very season. Woods rose to No.1 spot in official golf rankings the following year and hasn't looked back since.

While expectations for Woods were high, his form began to fade in the second half of 1997, and in 1998 he only won one PGA Tour event. But he came back strongly in 1999, which saw him marking the beginning of perhaps one of the greatest sustained period of dominance in the history of men's golf.

He won seventeen PGA Tour events in the next two calendar years, and 32 in the next five, achievements that have not been rivalled in decades. He completed his 1999 campaign by winning his last four starts, finishing the season with eight wins, a feat that had not been achieved in the past 25 years.

In late 1999, Woods embarked on a record-setting streak of 264 consecutive weeks at the top of Official World Golf Rankings. He has been No.1 in the rankings for more weeks than anyone else.

In the year 2000 also he continued his dominance and went on to win three consecutive Majors, 9 PGA Tour events, and set or tie 27 Tour records.

With his second Masters victory in 2001, Tiger became the first ever to hold all four professional Major championships at the same time, the feat is known as the 'Tiger Slam'.

The next phase of Woods' career saw him remain among the top competitors on the Tour, but lose his dominating edge. He did not win a Major in 2003 or 2004, falling to second in the PGA Tour money list in 2003 and fourth in 2004. But Woods anticipated that once the adjustments were complete, he would return to his previous form. And so he did in the 2005 PGA Tour season.

Woods went on to win six official money events on the PGA Tour in 2005, topping the money list for the sixth time in his career and regaining his place back at the top of the world rankings.

Though 2006 started well for him, the loss of his father in May was devastating to Woods, and he took a nine-week-long hiatus from the PGA Tour to be with his family. Though he returned a bit rusty, it didn't took him long to return to his winning ways. He won the British Open and the PGA Championship in style and dedicated an emotional British Open win to his father.

Woods now holds at least a share of the scoring record in relation to par in all four Majors, and also holds the margin of victory record in two Majors, specifically The Masters and the US Open.

As of October 2006, Woods has won 54 Official money events on the PGA Tour and at 30 years and 7 months, he is the youngest to the 50-win mark. He also has 18 other individual professional titles.

Off the field, Woods has created 'The Tiger Woods Foundation' which focuses on projects for children. The Foundation has conducted many golf clinics as well.