To date, Tiger Woods ranks as the most successful golfer of all time. He is the highest-paid professional athlete in the world, having earned an estimated $90.5 million from winnings and endorsements in 2010. Forbes disclosed that the golfer is the richest sportsman in the world, earning a reported $105 million.
Tiger roars by winning 14 professional major golf championships, the second highest of any male player after Jack Nicklaus with 18. He has 71 PGA Tour events, third all time. He has more career major wins and career PGA Tour wins than any other active golfer. He is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam and the youngest slash fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour. He is the second golfer, after Jack Nicklaus, to have acquired a career Grand Slam three times. He has won 16 World Golf Championships.
Moreover, Tiger clinched the number one position in the world rankings for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year ten times, the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times, and has the record of leading the money list in nine different seasons.
Tiger was married to Elin Nordegren. They had a daughter, then a son. A picture of a perfect family.
Then “the” scandal.
On the 25th of November 2009, a tabloid published a story saying that Tiger had an extramarital affair with Rachel Uchitel, a New York City nightclub manager. The story started to magnet media attention, until San Diego cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs publicly claimed that she had an affair with Tiger. Then, over a dozen women claimed in various media outlets that they had affairs with the golfer.
On December 11, Tiger released a statement admitting to extramarital relations, offering apology, and announcing an imprecise pause from professional golf.
Tiger reentered the competition for the 2010 Masters on April 8. Since his infidelity scandals began breaking in the media, Tiger lost the world number 1 ranking and is now ranked #5 in the world. He has been winless worldwide for 17 months.
As they say, suffer the consequences. This is probably the greatest comeback failure in sports history.
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