The Rise and Fall: Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is widely considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. He turned professional in 1996 and quickly rose to prominence, winning his first major championship, the Masters, in 1997 at the age of 21. Woods went on to dominate the sport over the next decade, winning 14 major championships and 79 PGA Tour events in total.

However, Woods’ career took a sharp turn in 2009 when news broke of his infidelity and subsequent divorce from his wife. Woods took a hiatus from golf and checked into a rehabilitation center for sex addiction. He returned to golf in 2010 but struggled to regain his form and win tournaments.

In 2013, Woods suffered a back injury that required surgery and kept him out of competition for several months. He attempted multiple comebacks over the next few years but was slowed down by recurring injuries and poor play.

In 2017, Woods was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, which further tarnished his reputation. He underwent a fourth back surgery later that year and did not play competitive golf for the remainder of the season.

Despite these setbacks, Woods mounted an incredible comeback in 2018, winning the Tour Championship for his first PGA Tour victory in over five years. He followed that up with a win at the Masters in 2019, his first major championship win in over a decade.

However, Woods’ resurgence was short-lived. In February 2021, he was involved in a serious car accident that left him with multiple leg injuries. Woods underwent multiple surgeries and is currently in the process of recovering.

Woods is currently making his third return to pro-golf where he is slowly working his way back into the leaderboards. Tiger just recently withdrew from The Masters following a foot injury.

Although he did withdraw, he impressively made his 23 consecutive cut at The Masters. He narrowly made the cut, shooting a one-over 73.

Overall, Woods’ career has been marked by incredible highs and devastating lows. He remains one of the most influential and polarizing figures in the sport of golf.