Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters and 15th main title with victory at Augusta in April.
The former world No. 1 had not gained the Masters since 2005, and it was his first main win since 2008.
A month after profitable the Masters, Woods acquired the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Donald Trump.
Woods gained the season-ending Tour Championship in September 2018. It was his first title in 5 years following a succession of again accidents.
Signs that Woods was again to his finest have been apparent at August’s PGA Championship, the place he completed runner-up to Brooks Koepka. It adopted a powerful displaying at July’s British Open, the place he briefly topped the leaderboard.
Woods made a powerful return to aggressive golf in 2018 after a number of again surgical procedures lately. He performed his first Masters in three years in April 2018.
The four-time champion had again fusion surgical procedure — his fourth process — in April 2017 and returned to the sport pain-free in December. He completed tied 32nd at Augusta.
Woods was touted as one of many favorites after impressing in his early-season occasions. He additionally set tongues wagging by enjoying a apply spherical with previous rival Phil Mickelson, proper.
Woods completed tied second on the Valspar Championship in March 2018 and adopted it up with a tie for fifth on the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. The hype needle moved into overdrive.
Woods set out on his legendary path by turning into the youngest winner of the Masters — at 21 — with a report 12-shot win in 1997.
One of his most exceptional feats was profitable his first US Open by an unprecedented 15 photographs at Pebble Beach, California, in 2000, sparking a streak by no means seen earlier than or since.
Woods’ victory within the 2001 Masters meant he held all 4 of golf’s main titles on the identical time, dubbed the “Tiger Slam.”
Woods’ win price, his dedication to health coaching and his want to succeed have been altering golf. Prize cash rocketed due to Woods. Off the course, he married girlfriend Elin Nordegren in 2004.
Woods confirmed uncommon emotion when he broke down in tears on the shoulder of caddie Steve Williams following his win within the 2006 British Open at Hoylake, months after his father and mentor Earl handed away.
Despite being visibly hampered and in ache from a knee harm, Woods gained the US Open in breathtaking vogue at Torrey Pines, California, in 2008. It was his 14th main title to depart him solely 4 behind the report of Jack Nicklaus. He was later identified with knee ligament harm and two fractures of his left tibia. He missed the remainder of the season after surgical procedure. It remains to be his final main title.
In December 2009, Woods crashed his automobile into a hearth hydrant exterior his house. As the massive image emerged it was found Woods had been conducting a collection of additional martial affairs. He took three months away from the sport to kind out his personal life.
In February 2010 Woods addressed the world’s media to elucidate and apologise for his actions. His infidelity led to divorce and was the start of a downhill slide in Woods’ enjoying profession. By October he misplaced the world No. 1 rating, a place he had held for 281 consecutive weeks
Woods was again within the winner’s circle in 2013, lifting 5 titles, together with the Arnold Palmer Invitational, to get again to the highest of the rankings.
Later in 2013 there have been indicators all was not nicely as Woods was seen to be in ache as he picked the ball out of the opening on the Barclays event in August. He missed the Masters the next April for the primary time since 1994 to bear again surgical procedure.
Woods pulled out of the Farmers Insurance Open in February 2015, and struggled with harm and kind for the remainder of the season.
Woods minimize a dejected determine at that 12 months’s US Open as he struggled along with his recreation and carded rounds of 80 and 76 to overlook the minimize.
In August 2015 Woods made his final look for 15 months to bear follow-up again surgical procedures. At one stage throughout his rehabilitation, Woods spoke of there being “no light at the end of the tunnel” — and with one eye on his fading profession, he advised “everything beyond this will be gravy.”
Woods made a much-anticipated return to golf in December 2016, displaying indicators of promise with the best variety of birdies within the subject — 24 — however he additionally made quite a few pricey errors to complete third from final within the 18-man occasion.
He missed the minimize in his first occasion of 2017 within the US and pulled out after the primary spherical of the Dubai Desert Classic in February, citing again spasms. He underwent a fourth again prodecure in April.
In August Woods entered a first-offender program and pleaded responsible to reckless driving on October 28. He will keep away from jail except he commits main violations of his probation.
Woods returned to golf after 301 days on the Hero World Challenge within the Bahamas on November 30 2017. He carded a three-under first-round 69 and appeared pain-free and hungry to renew his profession.