When he started out, Tiger Woods was on his way to boasting one of the most accomplished careers golf had ever seen.
When he turned professional in August 1996, Woods was named PGA Rookie of the Year. He also became the youngest to achieve a career grand slam.
He’s won a total of three career grand slams and was the youngest and fastest to accomplish 50 tournament wins on tour. Woods achieved his first No. 1 world ranking in June of 1997 and went on to hold the top spot for 264 consecutive weeks from 1999-2004. In his second streak, Woods held the No. 1 position again for 281 weeks during a stretch from 2005-2010.
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Woods is a 14-time major champion, just four major wins short of Jack Nicklaus’ all-time career record.
In 2000, Woods found himself at the hands of the largest endorsement an athlete had ever signed at the time with a five-year, $105 million contract extension with Nike. According to Forbes, in 2015 Woods also held the No. 1 spot on a list of athletes who have made the most money over the past 10 years with $845 million, with a high of $115 million in 2008 alone.
For the most part Woods has done everything he set out to do, on the course.
But among all of the high points in his career, Woods’ storybook career has been on the decline since 2009, and Monday’s arrest on a DUI charge is another chapter in his downfall.
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For Woods, who hasn’t played professionally since February because of a lingering back injury or won a major since 2008, there is little hope left for a comeback.
What happened to Tiger Woods? Where did his career start to go wrong? Those questions and the answers that follow have been one of the most intriguing storylines in sports over the last decade. Here’s a timeline of Tiger Woods’ downfall:
The controversy begins with claims of an extramarital affair between Woods and Rachel Uchitel, an NYC nightclub manager. Woods is then involved in an accident in Orlando, Fla. after running his Escalade into a fire hydrant outside his house. His wife at the time, Elin Nordegren, pulls Woods out of the vehicle.
Woods is ticketed for careless driving and takes responsibility for the accident. Additional claims surface claiming Woods’ involvement in multiple affairs with cocktail waitresses, porn stars and club promoters, among others. Woods releases a statement admitting to the sex scandal and infidelity and apologizes. Woods also says he is taking an “indefinite break” from professional golf. Nordegren moves out of their home.
December 2009-January 2010
Woods checks into a sex addiction clinic in Hattiesburg, Miss. Woods loses endorsement deals from Accenture, AT&T, Gatorade and General Motors. Gillette also suspends advertisements featuring Woods.
Golf Digest suspends Woods’ monthly column “Tiger Tips.” Woods issues a televised apology for his actions and behaviors stating he’s been in a 45-day rehab therapy program.
Woods withdraws from the Players Championship due to injury. Hank Haney, Woods’ coach since 2003, resigns.
Woods and Nordegren announce divorce. Sean Foley becomes Woods’ new coach.
During the Masters, Woods suffers sprains of his MCL and left Achilles tendon.
Woods withdraws from the Player’s Championship.
Woods fires longtime caddy, Steve Williams.
Woods’ ranking falls to a new low, No. 58.
After 107 weeks without a win, Woods places first at the Chevron World Challenge, his own tournament.
Back and knee injuries force Woods to pull out of the WGC Cadillac Championship and Arnold Palmer Invite.
After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods regains No. 1 ranking and hold position until May 2014. Woods and US alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn begin dating.
Woods wins the Player’s Championship for the seventh time.
For the first time since turning pro, Woods misses the Masters after undergoing his first microdiscectomy. The back surgery also caused him to miss the US Open.
Woods and Foley agree to part ways and Woods misses the cut at the PGA Championship. He also takes his name out of the Ryder Cup.
For the first time since 1996, Woods drops outside of the world’s top 100 ranked golfers at No. 104.
Woods and Vonn split.
Woods undergoes his second microdiscectomy and announces his plans to return to competitive golf early next season.
In his third surgery, Woods has a follow-up procedure on his back.
*2015 is the first time Woods missed all four majors in one year.
April 2016-June 2016
After withdrawing from the Masters, Woods announces he won’t play in the US Open or Quicken Loans National because he isn’t ready for tournament competition. He also misses the British Open and PGA Championship.
For the first time in his career, Woods drops out of the world rankings top 500.
After being sidelined for 15 months with injuries, Woods returns to competitive golf.
On the 20-year anniversary of his first major win by a record 12-strokes at Augusta, Woods misses the Masters and his fifth straight major.
Woods has his fourth surgery since spring 2014 to relieve lingering pain in his back and leg.
“The surgery went well, and I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain,” Woods said in a statement. “When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long. “I would like to thank all the fans for staying in touch and their kind wishes. The support I have received has never waned, and it really helps.”
Woods is arrested on a DUI charge in Jupiter, Fla. in the early morning of May 29. According to the report, Woods was found asleep at the wheel and failed multiple sobriety tests, but alcohol was not involved. Woods claimed it was a reaction from prescription medications from his most recent back surgery.
.@TigerWoods addresses DUI arrest pic.twitter.com/EGDqoXNCKr
— Steve DiMeglio (@Steve_DiMeglio) May 29, 2017
Whether or not Woods’ golf career is over, how much more can he take? For a golfer who hasn’t performed at the top of his game in years, by looking at his mug shot, the destruction of the last decade caught up with him. Whatever is left of Woods is beginning to overshadow his achievements.
For one of the most decorated and accomplished golfers the game has ever seen, the story of Tiger Woods might not have a happy ending.