Tiger Woods was known as one of the world’s greatest golfers, but he fell into a slump.
It was a 10-year slump where Woods had not won a major tournament. So, when he recently won the Masters Tournament this year, it was considered one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history. What he did was overcome personal pain and injury and made a historical comeback.
Back in the spring of 2014, Tiger shot a 78 at the Cadillac Championship and scored the worst fourth-round score of his life. He had a back spasm, and felt constant pain, so bad that he could hardly breathe.
A month after that terrible game, he was practicing on the range in the back of his house, and made a swing that landed him flat on his back. He couldn’t move, or get back on his feet, and didn’t have his cell phone on him. So, he just stayed there until someone came to get him.
So, instead of becoming a notable historical rise and fall in the world of golf, Tiger proved that he could overcome adversity and make a major comeback.
His last win at a major championship was at Torrey Pines in 2008. He has won 14 majors and is still four wins short of the all-time great record of 18 set by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus.
Tiger’s career highlights included his memorable 12-shot win at the Masters when he was just 21 and at that time was considered potentially one of the greatest golfers the world has ever seen. In 1997, his win at Augusta was another extraordinary accomplishment, and then he had a 15-shot winning margin at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
He then won at St. Andrews, and won all four major titles at once, a Grand Slam, which became known as the Tiger Slam. He fractured his left tibia in two places and won the U.S. Open using one leg. Then, the ligaments in his left knee gave but, but he kept on playing.
It seemed likely that he would eventually capture Nicklaus’s all-time record, but his knee injury took it’s toll. After knee surgery, and a divorce from his wife, Tiger’s legendary status came crashing down around him. The unbeatable golfer suddenly seemed very vulnerable.
Tiger’s career remains remarkable. Five wins in The Masters, four wins in the PGA Championship, three in the British Open, three in the U.S. Open.
What was most wonderful about Tiger’s recent Master’s win is that he got to share it with his 10-year-old son Charlie. He gave his son a big hug before the win, and it was quite significant because it was a bit more than 10 years before in 1997, Tiger shared a similar moment with his father. He remembered it well.
Tiger’s father is the one who handed him a golf club when he was only 5 years old and coached him to greatness. Earl Woods was by his son’s side all along the way through his successes. Earl died in 2006.
But, history ended up repeating itself, and Tiger is on track to regaining his title as a heroic golfer.