Tiger Woods took his fifth Master and 15th main title with a win in Augusta in April.
The former number 1 in the world had not won the Master since 2005 and it was his first major victory since 2008.
A month after winning the Masters, Woods received the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Donald Trump.
Woods won the end-of-season Tour Championship in September 2018. It was his first title in five years after a series of back injuries.
Signs that Woods had returned to his best were evident at the August PGA Championship, where he finished second in Brooks Koepka. An impressive performance followed at the British Open in July, where he briefly passed the rankings.
Woods made an impressive return to competitive golf in 2018 after several back surgeries in recent years. He played his first Masters in three years in April 2018.
The four-time champion had fusion surgery – his fourth procedure – in April 2017 and returned to the game painlessly in December. He finished tied 32nd in Augusta.
Woods was advertised as a favorite after impressing in his early season events. He also set the flailing tongue by playing a test round with old rival Phil Mickelson, right.
Woods finished second in the Valspar Championship in March 2018 and followed him with a draw for fifth place at Bay Hill’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. The hype needle has moved into overdrive.
Woods began his legendary journey by becoming the youngest Masters winner – at 21 – with a record 12-shot win in 1997.
One of his most notable feats was winning his first US Open with 15 unprecedented hits in Pebble Beach, California in 2000, triggering a streak never seen before or since.
Woods’ 2001 Masters victory meant that he holds all four major golf titles at the same time, nicknamed “Tiger Slam”.
Woods’ success rate, his dedication to fitness training, and his desire for success were changing golf. The jackpot has skyrocketed because of Woods. Off course, he married his fiancée Elin Nordegren in 2004.
Woods showed rare excitement when he broke into tears on the shoulder of Steve Williams after his victory at the 2006 British Open in Hoylake, months after the death of his father and mentor Earl.
Despite being visibly hampered and suffering from a knee injury, Woods won the US Open in a breathtaking way in Torrey Pines, California in 2008. It was his 14th main title that left him only four behind Jack Nicklaus’ record. He was later diagnosed with knee ligament damage and two fractures of his left tibia. He lost the rest of the season after the surgery. It is still his last main title.
In December 2009, Woods crashed his car into a fire hydrant outside the home. When the big picture surfaced, it was discovered that Woods was conducting a series of extra martial deals. He took three months away from gambling to settle his private life.
In February 2010 Woods approached the media around the world to explain and apologize for his actions. His infidelity led to divorce and was the beginning of a descent into Woods’ career. In October he lost the ranking n. 1 in the world, a position he had held for 281 consecutive weeks
Woods returned to the winners’ circle in 2013, raising five titles, including the Arnold Palmer Invitational, to return to the top of the leaderboard.
Later in 2013, there were signs that everything was not going well, as Woods was seen suffering as he took the ball out of the hole at the Barclays tournament in August. He missed the Master in the following April for the first time since 1994 to undergo back surgery.
Woods exited the Farmers Insurance Open in February 2015 and struggled with injuries and form for the rest of the season.
Woods cut a downed figure at that year’s US Open while battling his game and carded rounds of 80 and 76 to skip the cut.
In August 2015 Woods made his last appearance for 15 months to undergo follow-up surgery. At one point during his rehabilitation, Woods spoke of “no light at the end of the tunnel” – and with an eye on his endangered career, he suggested “anything other than this will be gravy”.
Woods made a highly anticipated return to golf in December 2016, showing signs of promise with the highest number of birds on the course – 24 – but he also made a number of expensive mistakes to finish third from the last of the 18 event men.
He lost the cut in his first 2017 event in the United States and retired after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic in February, citing the spasms. He underwent a fourth prodecure in April.
In August Woods entered a program for the first offender and pleaded guilty to reckless driving on October 28th. He will avoid jail unless he commits serious violations of his probation.
Woods returned to golf after 301 days at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on November 30, 2017. He cashed a 69 in the first three-under round and appeared painless and hungry to resume his career.