Biggest 180s: Tiger Woods completes turnaround with Masters win

Mike Cratty
April 22, 2019 - 3:14 pm

For years, it looked like Tiger Woods would never win another major. But last week he completed a remarkable 180 and won the Masters, his first major championship since 2008.

In the years leading up to Tiger’s latest Masters victory, his life saw great turbulence with an infidelity scandal, divorce, a multitude of surgeries, and a DUI. It looked like his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 majors would be permanently stalled at 14.

Things began to go downhill right after Tiger won his last major, the 2008 U.S. Open. He was clearly playing hurt throughout the tournament, and underwent knee surgery just days after winning, ending his 2008 season in the process.

Then in 2009, he crashed his car into a tree with his enraged wife, Elin Nordegren in hot pursuit with a golf club in her hand as a weapon. Numerous affairs came to light and sponsors began leaving Woods. Woods and Elin Nordegren would eventually get divorced.

Tiger went winless in 2010, but eventually found his game and worked his way back to the world No. 1 ranking in 2013, although he still didn’t have another major win to show for it.

Then came the back problems. From 2014-2017, Tiger underwent four back surgeries and played just one PGA tournament over a two-year span in 2016 and 2017. Many wondered if that would be it for Tiger.

It wasn’t. Tiger’s comeback built throughout the 2018 season and found him once again competing for majors. He briefly had a lead during the final round of the British Open before sliding to a sixth-place finish. He was back near the top of the leaderboard at the PGA Championship, where he ultimately finished second, and then won his final tournament of the season, the Tour Championship.

But the 180 really wasn’t going to be complete until he won another major, which he finally did at this year’s Masters.

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