American golfer who won 16 PGA Tours events and had a remarkable campaign in 1998, winning the Masters, the Open Championship and the PGA Player of the Year award.
He started golfing at age 13 by sneaking into a nearby country club, then working for it.
He was 41 in 1998, and became the oldest player to achieve two majors victories in one year.
He grew up in Mission Viejo, in Southern California.
He received plenty of encouragement from Tiger Woods, who believed he could win a major tournament even when he was ready to give up.