Ever since going pro in 1996, Tiger Woods has become one of the most successful golfers of all time. His 79 total PGA Tour wins are the second most in history, just shy of leader Sam Snead's 82 wins. However, Tiger's already eclipsed Snead's rate of success, attaining his 79 wins in just 18 years, whereas Snead's 82 wins took 30 years. But Tiger's winning ways didn't come out of nowhere; in fact, Woods was a child prodigy.
Before the pros, Tiger dominated the amateur ranks, picking up the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the young age of 15. Woods went on to win the U.S. Junior three consecutive years, before winning the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1994 at the TPC at Sawgrass. This made Tiger the youngest player to ever win the tournament, a feat which stood for 14 years. After his 1994 win, Tiger looked to repeat in the 1995 championships at Newport Country Club.
On August 27, 1995, and Woods completed his back-to-back win, taking home the championship with a two up lead over Buddy Marucci. And Woods didn't stop there; in 1996, he won the U.S. Amateur Championship for the third time in a row, foreshadowing his record-shattering professional career.
In 1995, Woods was one year away from his professional debut and the lucrative Nike sponsorship that followed. Now 17 years strong, the Nike Tiger Woods line has outfitted Tiger in the latest performance technologies and styles. Take a look back at Woods' memorable line with The Complete History of Tiger Woods' Signature Nike Golf Spikes.