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 successful 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 back accidents.
Signs that Woods was back to his greatest have been apparent at August’s PGA Championship, the place he completed runner-up to Brooks Koepka. It adopted a formidable exhibiting at July’s British Open, the place he briefly topped the leaderboard.
Woods made a formidable return to aggressive golf in 2018 after a number of back surgical procedures in recent times. He performed his first Masters in three years in April 2018.
The four-time champion had back 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 in every of the 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 at the Valspar Championship in March 2018 and adopted it up with a tie for fifth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. The hype needle moved into overdrive.
Woods set out on his legendary path by changing into the youngest winner of the Masters — at 21 — with a document 12-shot win in 1997.
One of his most outstanding feats was successful his first US Open by an unprecedented 15 pictures at Pebble Beach, California, in 2000, sparking a streak by no means seen earlier than or since.
Woods’ victory in the 2001 Masters meant he held all 4 of golf’s main titles at the similar time, dubbed the “Tiger Slam.”
Woods’ win fee, his dedication to health coaching and his need 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 in 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 damage, Woods gained the US Open in breathtaking style at Torrey Pines, California, in 2008. It was his 14th main title to depart him solely 4 behind the document of Jack Nicklaus. He was later identified with knee ligament injury and two fractures of his left tibia. He missed the remainder of the season after surgical procedure. It continues to be his final main title.
In December 2009, Woods crashed his automotive into a hearth hydrant exterior his house. As the huge image emerged it was found Woods had been conducting a sequence of additional martial affairs. He took three months away from the sport to type out his personal life.
In February 2010 Woods addressed the world’s media to clarify and apologise for his actions. His infidelity led to divorce and was the starting of a downhill slide in Woods’ enjoying career. By October he misplaced the world No. 1 rating, a place he had held for 281 consecutive weeks
Woods was back in the winner’s circle in 2013, lifting 5 titles, together with the Arnold Palmer Invitational, to get back to the high of the rankings.
Later in 2013 there have been indicators all was not effectively as Woods was seen to be in ache as he picked the ball out of the gap at the Barclays match in August. He missed the Masters the following April for the first time since 1994 to bear back surgical procedure.
Woods pulled out of the Farmers Insurance Open in February 2015, and struggled with damage and type for the remainder of the season.
Woods reduce a dejected determine at that yr’s US Open as he struggled together with his sport and carded rounds of 80 and 76 to overlook the reduce.
In August 2015 Woods made his final look for 15 months to bear follow-up back 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 career, he urged “everything beyond this will be gravy.”
Woods made a much-anticipated return to golf in December 2016, exhibiting indicators of promise with the highest variety of birdies in the area — 24 — however he additionally made a lot of pricey errors to complete third from final in the 18-man occasion.
He missed the reduce in his first occasion of 2017 in the US and pulled out after the first spherical of the Dubai Desert Classic in February, citing back spasms. He underwent a fourth back 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 until he commits main violations of his probation.
Woods returned to golf after 301 days at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on November 30 2017. He carded a three-under first-round 69 and appeared pain-free and hungry to renew his career.