Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods or just 'Tiger Woods, as he is infamously known, is an American professional golfer whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time. Formerly he was the world number one pro golfer. Woods turned professional in 1996 and immediately signed deals with Nike, Inc. and Titleist that ranked as the most lucrative endorsement contracts in golf history at that time. By April 1997 he had already won his first major, the 1997 Masters in a record-breaking performance. Woods was named Sports Illustrated's 1996 Sportsman of the Year andPGA Tour Rookie of the Year. In April 1997, he won his first major, the Masters, becoming the tournament's youngest-ever winner.Two months later, he set the record for the fastest-ever ascent to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings. In 2000, Woods achieved six consecutive wins, the longest winning streak since 1948. One of these was the 2000 U.S. Open, where he broke or tied nine tournament records in what Sports Illustrated called "the greatest performance in golf history." At the end of 2000, Woods had won nine of the twenty PGA Tour events he entered and had broken the record for lowest scoring average in tour history. Woods' victory in the 2001 Masters Tournament made him the first player to hold all four major professional golf titles at the same time. In 2006, Woods began dominantly, winning his first two PGA tournaments but failing to capture his fifth Masters championship in April. Woods continued to excel in 2007 and the first part of 2008. iN 2009 he performed well, including a spectacular performance at the 2009 Presidents Cup. From December 2009 to early April 2010, Woods took leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage after he admitted infidelity. This was followed by a loss of form, and his ranking gradually fell to a low of No. 58 in November 2011. He snapped a career-long winless streak of 107 weeks when he captured theChevron World Challenge in December 2011. As of February 3, 2013, he is ranked No. 2, after winning the Farmers Insurance Open for the 7th time. Woods profile has a number of golf records and impressive statistics. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record ten times. He has more career major wins andcareer PGA Tour wins than any other active golfer. He was also the highest-paid athlete in the world according to Forbes for several years.