Tiger Woods’ remarkable fall from grace is well documented. For almost ten years, his enemies rejoiced as he tumbled down from the height of his career, due to a catalogue of issues and challenges. Today, Tiger Woods is currently performing at the top of his career again, and some commentators say he is now better than his best season in the year 2000.
Woods is currently hitting greens in regulation at a better clip than he has in any previous year. And yes, that includes his mythical 2000 season.
In 2019, after many people wrote his “obituary,” Tiger Woods won the Masters, which was his first Masters since 2005. No one expected him to rise up from the ashes, as he was essentially off the PGA Tour in 2016 and 2017, due to his fourth back surgery, involving a spinal fusion procedure.
Woods’ back pain that led to surgery four times was only some of his problems. It all started in 2009 when he was driving from his Florida mansion in his Cadillac Escalade SUV and collided with a fire hydrant, a tree, and several hedges near his home. He was arrested and received a ticket for careless driving. Also, he was treated for minor facial lacerations. That same year, more than a dozen women claimed in various media outlets to have had affairs with him. Of course, that messed up his marriage to the former Swedish model, Elin Nordegren. He admitted transgressions and apologised to everyone who had supported him over the years.
Elin divorced him in 2010. In the days and months following Woods’ admission of multiple infidelities, several companies re-evaluated their business connections with him. Accenture, AT&T, Gatorade and General Motors completely ended their sponsorship deals of his brand, while Gillette suspended all advertising featuring Woods. TAG Heuer officially ended their advertising deal with him, and Golf Digest suspended Woods’ monthly column.
Also, in 2010, Woods gave a televised statement in which he said he had undertaken a 45-day therapy program. He again apologised for his actions. He said, “I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them. I was wrong. I was foolish.” He said he did not know when he would return to golf.
As if the troubles with his businesses, wife Elin and female associates were not enough, Woods has had some problems with law enforcement agents as well. On May 29, 2017, he was arrested near his home in Florida by the Police at about 3:00 am for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was asleep in his car, which was stationary in a traffic lane with its engine running. He later stated that he had taken prescription drugs and did not realise how they might interact together. On July 3, 2017, Woods tweeted that he had completed an out-of-state intensive program to tackle an unspecified issue.
At a hearing on October 27, 2017, Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving. He received a year of probation, and he was fined, and ordered to undergo 50 hours of community service along with regular drug tests. He was not allowed to drink alcohol during the probation, and if he violated the probation, he would be sentenced to 90 days in jail with an additional fine.
Woods has had his share of problems. But today, Woods has resurrected from his “grave.” Some say God has given him another chance, while others say he has had many chances. Let’s just say that Woods has risen from the dead. God has given him another opportunity to make things right. Why? Because God doesn’t just give up on you after one chance, as He is a God of another chance!
In spite of all his problems, Tiger Woods is the most dominating player of this generation on the PGA Tour. No argument can be made against that statement. When he is on his game, he is utterly unbeatable. The man won a U.S. Open, arguably the hardest golf tournament on earth, with a broken leg! How many other players would have even made the cut?
From 1999-2002, Woods was a force the likes of which have rarely been seen in professional golf. He won four consecutive major championships, which is an unprecedented feat in the modern game. That accomplishment is surpassed only by Bobby Jones’s legendary “Grand Slam” in 1929.
Don’t laugh at me, my enemies.
Although I’ve fallen, I will get up.