On Sunday, September 23, 2018, the sporting world caught a sight of something it thought it would never see again: Tiger Woods back in the winner’s circle. Although his win at the 2018 PGA Tour Championship truly made the Tiger Woods comeback complete, it still felt like there was unfinished business for a man with 80 career Tour wins. That all changed on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Masters as Tiger Woods put golf back at the forefront of pop culture. Through the back fusions and public falls from grace, the close calls and the almosts, let’s take a look back at the remarkable timeline of Tiger Woods’ comeback.
November 27, 2009
Woods (33 years old at the time) is admitted to the hospital after crashing his car in front of his home in Jupiter, Fla. His personal life unravels over the course of the coming months, revealing marital infidelity and allegedly 100+ separate affairs. Once untouchable in the public eye, Woods’ image was forever tarnished because of the incident on this day.
August 23, 2010
Tiger and his wife Elin Nordegren are officially divorced not even nine months after his car accident.
October 31, 2010
For the first time since June 11, 2005 (a record 281 weeks), Tiger is not the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer. Lee Westwood takes over the honors as top dog, a position he’d hold for 22 of the next 30 weeks. As 2010 wound down, Woods lost more than $20 million in endorsement money with AT&T and Gatorade distancing themselves from him.