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Tiger Woods’ Triumphs, Trials and Tragedies Shown in Pictures

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Golfing legend Tiger Woods had a horrific vehicle crash Tuesday morning in California that could threaten his livelihood of ever playing golf again. Even if he never swings another golf club, he’ll go down as one of the greatest who ever played the game.

There’s a lifetime of memories for fans to reflect upon with Woods, from his budding superstardom until his most recent setback. He has won 82 PGA tournament wins, which is most among any player in history. His 15 major championships only trails the 18 by Jack Nicklaus.

It wasn’t just numbers for Tiger, but it’s how he did it. He became the face of golf in the late 1990s. He helped transcend the game with new faces, a multicultural audience, new sponsors and a more youthful following. He played alongside presidents.

In short, he changed the game of golf into what it is today.

When Tiger was in contention for championships on Sunday, it was must-watch TV. When Tiger had a brutal break-up with his wife, it captivated a nation. When he gave his father, Earl Woods, memorable hugs after the victories in majors, it was hard to keep a dry eye. When he won a major after the death of his father, it was even harder.

Even the non-golfing fans liked to watch Tiger wear his red polo shirt on Sundays as he made a charge up the back nine. This was whether or not they rooted for him.

Woods will go down as one of the top athletes in history along the likes of Jordan, Ruth, Ali, Gretzky, Jesse Owens, Jim Thorpe and Tom Brady.

This is the internet, where a word count isn’t an issue like it is for print publications. Then again, there could be hundreds of thousands of words to write about Woods’ accomplishments.

Photographs can also tell stories, and here are some them in this pictorial history of Eldrick “Tiger” Woods, from his early days through his latest tragedy.

Tiger Woods 1991
Tiger Woods, age 15 years, six months, and 28 days, and father Earl Woods, pose for a photo while celebrating Tiger’s victory at the 1991 USGA Junior Amateur Championships on July 28, 1991 at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida.
Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images

1991 — At age 15 years, Tiger and his father celebrate Tiger’s victory at the 1991 USGA Junior Amateur Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Tiger Woods Wins 1997 Masters
Tiger Woods (R) receives the Masters green jacket from 1996 Masters champion Nick Faldo after Woods won the 1997 Masters tournament 13 April 1997 at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Woods set a new course record by shooting 18-under-par for the tournament.
Photo by Timothy A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images

1997 — Woods, who was 21, became the tournament’s youngest champion. He had a record score (270) and record margin of victory (12 shots).

Tiger Woods Wins U.S. Open
Tiger Woods putts on the ninth green during the final round of the US Open at Pebble Beach, California 18 June. Woods won the tournament with a US Open course record of 12-under-par.
Photo by JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP via Getty Images

2000 — Tiger wins the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by a record 15 shots, which was the largest margin of victory in the history of majors.

Tiger Woods Completes Tiger Slam
Tiger Woods of the US (L) is hugged by his father Earl (R) after winning the 2001 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club08 April 2001 in Augusta, Georgia. Woods held his nerve in one of the most thrilling final days in Masters history to become the first player ever to hold all four Major titles at the same time.
Photo by ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP via Getty Images

2001 — He completes the “Tiger Slam” after winning the Masters, becoming the first golfer to hold all four majors titles at the same time.

Tiger Woods and Wife Elin Nordegren
Tiger Woods and his future wife, Elin Nordegren, leave the stage after opening ceremonies at the 2004 Ryder Cup in Detroit, Michigan, September 16, 2004.
Photo by A. Messerschmidt/WireImage via Getty Images

2004 — Tiger Woods marries Elin Nordegren.

Tiger Woods U.S. Open 2008
Tiger Woods of the US holds his trophy after defeating compatriot Rocco Mediate in the sudden death playoff at the 108th U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California on June 16, 2008.
Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

2008 — Wins 14th major at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, then has reconstructive knee surgery a week later, which would sideline him from the game.

Tiger Woods Children and Elin
Tiger Woods is greeted by his son Charlie Woods, wife Elin Woods and daughter Sam Woods after the final round of the 2009 AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods, held at Congressional Country Club on July 5, 2009 in Bethesda, Maryland.
Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images

2009 — Tiger and Elin have their second child, Charlie.

Tiger Woods' Marriage Unravels
A broken window from the vehicle driven by Tiger Woods during his accident is seen on December 2, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. Woods crashed the SUV into the fire hydrant and tree next to his Florida home in the early hours of November 27. FHP charged Woods with careless driving which carries a $164 fine and four points on his driving record. Woods released a statement on his website saying, ‘I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.’
Photo by Florida Highway Patrol via Getty Images

2009 — Marriage between Tiger and Elin unravels after a series of extramarital affairs is uncovered. Tiger crashed his SUV into a tree and fire hydrant, and he eventually lost major endorsements. He wound up spending 45 days in a clinic.

Tiger Woods 2015
Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after hitting a shot from the sand on the 4th hole during the second round of the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits on August 14, 2015 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

2015 — Misses the cut at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, making it three-consecutive majors for him to miss a cut.

Tiger Woods Arrested
In this handout photo provided by The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, golfer Tiger Woods is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) May 29, 2017 in Jupiter, Florida. Woods has been released on his own recognizance.
Photo by The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images

2017 — Arrested in Palm Beach County, Florida on suspicion of drunk driving.

Tiger Woods British Open 2018
Francesco Molinari of Italy watches his tee shot on the 18th hole as Tiger Woods of the United States looks on during the final round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 22, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland.
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

2018 — Woods returned to championship form, but came up short at the British Open, finishing runner-up to Francesco Molinari.

Tiger Woods Wins 15th Major
Tiger Woods (L) of the United States celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia.
Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

2019 — Wins his fifth Masters and 15th overall major after recovering from a fourth back surgery.

Tiger Woods Presidential Medal of Freedom
U.S. President Donald Trump gives professional golfer and business partner Tiger Woods the Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House May 06, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump announced he would give the nation’s highest civilian honor to Woods, 43, in honor of his Masters victory last month.
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

2019 — President Donald Trump awards Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Tiger Woods 2021 Car Crash
The vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident. Woods was hospitalized after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “major damage,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said. Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics, and suffered “multiple leg injuries,” his agent said in a statement to US media.
Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

2021 — Woods has a horrendous single-car, rollover crash that crushes bones in his legs and leaves his future of professional golf in doubt.

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Originally published at https://www.newsweek.com/tiger-woods-triumphs-trials-tragedies-shown-pictures-1571527 on .

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