Woods a winner again

Tiger Woods has won his first tournament in five years and 80th PGA Tour title of his career after victory in the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

It has been a long road back to the winners’ circle  for the American, who has suffered numerous injuries and off-course problems.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the 42-year-old’s life and career in recent years.

Meltdown

On November 27, 2009 reports emerged that Woods had been injured in a car accident near his Florida home after colliding with a fire hydrant and a tree. A statement confirmed that was true and over the next days and weeks the reasons behind the crash became clearer, with Woods pulling out of charity tournaments, then admitting he had “let his family down” with “transgressions” and ultimately announcing an indefinite break from golf. He lost major sponsors including Gatorade and Gillette over his revelations of multiple infidelities and in August 2010 he and his wife Elin Nordegren divorced.

Phoenix not rising

Woods, now determined to return to the pinnacle of golf following his self-imposed years in the wilderness, recorded the worst round of his career in January 2015 as he shot an 11-over-par 82 in Arizona. His second-round performance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open left him 13 over and last in a 132-man field. He had six bogeys, two double bogeys, a triple bogey and two birdies, and missed the cut. Woods told reporters afterwards: “It’s golf, we all have days like this.”

Don’t call it a comeback

In June 2016 he announced he was unable to compete at the US Open, the second major of the year, having been sidelined since the preceding August following two back operations in the space of six weeks. He ended a 15-month absence from the game in November but in January 2017 he missed the cut in his first PGA Tour event in almost 18 months, exiting the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines after finishing his first two rounds on four over par.

The master misses the Masters

The latest in a string of back problems meant the former world number one was unable to contest the 2017 Masters. The chance to compete at Augusta 20 years since he first won the green jacket was denied to Woods who, despite “trying everything” to be fit, continued to suffer from nerve pain which had required three operations in the space of 19 months. It was the third time in four years he missed out.

Under the influence?

Still taken from dashboard footage released by Jupiter Police Department of Tiger Woods after they found the golf star asleep at the wheel of his running Mercedes a short drive from his home. This picture shows officers preparing to put Woods in a police vehicle after he was handcuffed and searched.

In a throwback to his indiscretions of autumn 2009, in May 2017 Woods was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in the early hours of Memorial Day. He released a statement claiming alcohol was not involved, instead blaming “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications” following his arrest close to Jupiter Island, Florida. He received a year of probation after pleading guilty to reckless driving and was ordered to undergo 50 hours of community service.

- Press Association

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