The Tiger Woods Story
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As a sports bar in West Phoenix, Long Wongs AZ Famous wings appreciates a great comeback story. Recently, the sports world in America experienced a comeback that some are hailing as the greatest comeback story in sports history: that of Tiger Woods and his mark on the game of golf.
On Sunday, April 14th, 2019, Tiger Woods won his first Major championship in over 10 years—his last major title before that was in 2008. His tremendous comeback win occurred at the Augusta Georgia Masters Tournament, where he shocked fans and onlookers by proving he is still a force to be reckoned with, even after all these years. At age 43, this victory takes his total of Major wins to 15, three wins short of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 Major wins.
Tiger Woods at the Majors
For those unfamiliar with golf, there are 4 annual Major tournaments: the Masters Tournament, The U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. Tiger Woods is one of only five players in the history of the sport to win all four. He holds 5 Masters titles, 3 U.S. Open titles, 3 Open titles and 4 PGA titles. No player has ever won all four major titles in one calendar year, though Tiger has won three in a calendar year (2000).
His Golf Backstory
Tiger Woods rose as a phenomenon in 1997, when at age 21 he became the youngest player on the PGA tour ever to win a Major title. And not only was he the youngest player to win, but he won that tournament by an astonishing 12-stroke margin. He went on to hold the World’s Number 1 ranking for 281 consecutive weeks (5.5 years) and spent a total of 683 weeks (13 years) in the number one position throughout his career.
His Personal Life
Most people familiar with Tiger Woods know that he experienced a bit of a rocky season in his personal life, as well as various physical injuries that precipitated a temporary decline in the sport and eventually, his absence from the PGA tour for a period of time.
In 2009 reports began to leak that Woods was having extra-marital affairs. This lead to a very public divorce from his wife, Elin Nordegren, to whom he had been married for 5 years. He later publicly apologized for his behavior saying, “Elin and I were so much in love when we married in 2004, but I betrayed her. My dishonesty and selfishness caused her intense pain. Elin and I tried to repair the damage I had done, but we couldn’t. My regret will last a lifetime.”
Regarding his physical health, among the numerous previous injuries suffered by Tiger Woods, in 2014 he experienced his first signs of back troubles that would plague him for four years. By 2016 he had fallen out of the top 500 golfers and by 2018 he was ranked 1,193rd.
Perhaps when things could not get worse for Tiger, he was arrested for driving under the influence in May 2017. A toxicology report showed he had 5 different drugs in his system. The golfer defended himself, saying he was taking several prescription medications for his injuries and that he didn’t realize mixing them would result in the wild disorientation he experienced.
His Comeback Story
In early 2018, Woods began to play a full schedule of PGA tournaments and secured his first tournament victory in over 5 years. With his game coming back into full swing, by the end of 2018 he was on the edge of breaking into the top 10 once more. Even so, at the recent 2019 Masters Tournament he was, at best, an outside hope to win. But he ended up surprising us all and putting himself back in the running to reach or surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record for Major titles won. And at 43 years old, Woods is three years younger than Nicklaus was when he won his final Masters title in 1986.
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