Tiger Woods College Career

Tiger Woods pictured during his freshman college season at Stanford University in 1994.
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Tiger Woods attended college at Stanford University from 1994-1996. He was at Stanford for two NCAA golf seasons (1994-95 and 1995-96) before leaving college after his sophomore year to turn professional. In the classroom, Woods' major was economics.

The Stanford men's golf program quotes Woods saying of his college experience, "I really enjoyed being stimulated by the students and professors. Some were geniuses and others were Olympic athletes. It's amazing how well-rounded they are. That's what's so cool about it. You must soak up that experience. It was one of the best times in my life."

Teammates on the Stanford golf team during Woods' time there included Notah Begay III, Casey Martin and Joel Kribel. (And his teammates nicknamed him "Urkel.")

Woods won 11 college golf tournaments during his two seasons at Stanford University. Three of those victories happened during his freshman season (including his very first collegiate tournament) and eight of the victories were in his sophomore season.

Woods' Wins at Stanford

Those 11 college wins at Stanford are listed here:

  • 1994 William Tucker Invitational
  • 1994 Jerry Pate Invitational
  • 1995 Stanford Invitational
  • 1996 John Burns Invitational
  • 1996 Southwestern Intercollegiate
  • 1996 Tri-Match
  • 1996 The Brawl
  • 1996 Cougar Classic
  • 1996 PAC-10 Championship
  • 1996 NCAA West Regional
  • 1996 NCAA Championship

Woods played in 13 tournaments in each of his two seasons at Stanford. His freshman scoring average was 71.37 and his sophomore scoring average 70.61. He was the No. 2-ranked NCAA golfer at the end of his freshman season, and No. 1 at the end of his sophomore season.

Stanford Golf Records Held or Shared By Tiger Woods

  • Tiger's 11 career wins (in just two seasons) is the school record for the men's golf program, a record Woods shares with Patrick Rodgers and Maverick McNealy.
  • Woods' eight wins in the 1995-96 season is also a school record.
  • Woods also shares the Stanford record for low 18-hole score with a 61 at the 1996 Pac-12 Championships (it was later matched by McNealy)..

At the time Woods departed Stanford, he held the school records for best single-season scoring average (70.61 in 1995-96) and best career scoring average (71.0), but both those marks have since been bettered.

Major Awards Won By Woods While at Stanford

  • Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year, 1996
  • Ben Hogan Award, 1996
  • First-team All-America selection, 1995, 1996

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