He was a history-maker, a barrier-smasher, a symbol of potential, hope and all the rewards a person can reap if, talent obliging, they work hard and make the most of opportunity.At its best, his golf game was considered super-human." he asked with disbelief."All the things I've been through," Woods insisted, "have been tough, yes, they've been tough.But they've been great for me."This past February, he was back in action but pulled out of the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic with back spasms.Trump's long track record of making misogynistic comments and engaging in lewd conversations about sex took on a new and much darker tone on Friday night, when the Washington Post published audio of Trump, caught on a hot mic in 2005, bragging about how women let him do whatever he wants to them because he's a celebrity.While Trump's comments — in which he describes forcing himself upon women — stand apart from anything he has said in the past, Trump has long engaged in sexually explicit banter over the years, particularly on Stern.And because of the way sports fandom is, another major title, let alone a triumphant winning streak, would have largely erased Woods' sins from the public consciousness.
In 2015 he missed the cut at three of the four majors and underwent season-ending back surgery—another microdiscectomy, same as the previous procedure—that September, as well as a follow-up surgery the next month. It's not what I want to have happen, and it's not what I'm planning on having happen," Woods said of calling it a career. He and Vonn were broken up by May 2015—and while they called the decision mutual and showered each other with praise, rumors that Woods had cheated—and with the ex-wife of a fellow golfer, no less—were almost inevitable., "I couldn't deny this more vehemently. He also launched TGR Live, an event and management company, and served for the first time as a vice captain on the U. Ryder Cup team—which went on to beat Europe for the first time in eight years."I was so excited to play, I wanted to compete..it's a hard realization knowing I'm not scoring like I should be," Woods told Charlie Rose in October, explaining his decision to postpone his return to golf."I've damaged the body to compete at a high level so many times.
But in the almost eight years since he crashed his Escalade into a tree in his front yard, a period not without its triumphs and trophies but without the glory of a single major title, Woods continues to live very much in the shadow of the events that changed the trajectory of his life and career forever. In the wake of the crash, Woods called what happened "a private matter" and denounced any rumors that Elin Nordegren, his wife of five years and mother of his two children, had taken a swing at him with a golf club before he got in the vehicle. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. If he was hoping to just ease back into his old life, Woods was mistaken.
But that was hardly the end of it, as Woods was ultimately exposed, one allegation at a time, as a serial cheater. Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne delivered a stinging admonishment to the game's super-star in his annual tournament-opening address, stating that Woods had "disappointed all of us, and more importantly, our kids and our grandkids. We at Augusta hope and pray that our great champion will begin his new life here tomorrow in a positive, hopeful and constructive manner.
"For the last three-and-a-half years, when all this was going on, I was home a lot more with pregnancies, then the children and my school." She said, "I felt stupid as more things were revealed—how could I not have known anything? For her troubles Nordegren's said to have walked away with close to 0 million in the divorce settlement.
She and Woods share custody of daughter Sam and son Charlie. So, someone who knew all about the pressure of competing, the rigorous training schedule required of a world-class athlete, and how not easy it is to balance those things with a personal life.