WATCH: Tiger Woods announces himself to the World at the 1997 Masters

The former World Number One turns 40 today

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Tiger Woods has turned 40 today, as he looks to resurrect a career that has been damaged by injury in recent years.

The former World Number One has dropped to 416th in the World Rankings. He has not won since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational in August of that year.

Woods is best know for his major triumphs, having won 14 of golf's big four tournaments between 1997 and 2008. He has won each major on at least three occasions.

His first major title was possibly the most important of his career. The 1997 Masters was Woods' first as a professional and he won the tournament by 12 shots.

After shooting 40 on his opening nine holes, Woods shot a 30 on the back nine to lie three shots off the lead. He led after Round Two by three shots and that lead grew to nine by the end of Saturday.

Woods' final round of 69 gave him a 12-shot victory over Tom Kite. His win happened when he was aged 21 and remains the youngest winner in the tournament's history.

The -18 final score is the lowest in Masters history. Jordan Spieth matched that earlier this year, but Tiger's 12-shot winning margin is unlikely to be beaten anytime soon.

Local newspaper The Augusta Chronicle have expertly shown how important that victory was for Woods and the sport of golf as a whole.