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On this file photograph US golfer Tiger Woods watches his iron shot from the sixteenth tee throughout his third spherical on day 3 of The 147th Open golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland on July 21, 2018. Photograph: AFP
  • Tiger Woods underwent surgical procedure for a number of leg accidents following early morning wreck close to LA
  • Surgical procedures might imply finish of a groundbreaking profession that has seen Woods win 15 main titles
  • Woods pulled off one in all golf’s biggest achievements in 2000 and early 2001 with the “Tiger Slam” — successful 4 consecutive majors

WASHINGTON: The superb golf profession of Tiger Woods, from two-year-old prodigy to his epic comeback 2019 Masters victory, was in jeopardy Tuesday after accidents suffered in a severe solo automobile crash.

The 45-year-old American, among the many world’s most well-known athletes for the previous quarter-century, underwent surgical procedure for a number of leg accidents following the early morning wreck close to Los Angeles.

It might imply the top of a groundbreaking profession that has seen Woods win 15 main titles, three shy of the all-time file set by Jack Nicklaus, and 82 US PGA crowns, degree with Sam Snead for the all-time mark.

Woods has confronted loads of prior troubles off the course, together with a number of again and knee surgical procedures, the 2009 revelation of a number of affairs that led to an emotional public apology and divorce from spouse Elin Nordegren plus a 2017 reckless driving incident.

Woods was recovering from 2017 again surgical procedure when he was arrested for driving drunk or medicine, his mug shot drawing worldwide consideration. He stated he had not realized how pharmaceuticals he was taking would possibly work together and later pleaded responsible to reckless driving.

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Within the Nineteen Nineties, Woods put himself alongside pal and NBA star Michael Jordan as two of the world’s most iconic sports activities stars and richest endorsement pitchmen, his fame going past golf lovers or sports activities followers.

Woods thrilled audiences together with his ability in addition to a successful attraction and persona, world audiences inviting him into their houses by tv each week, whereas on the similar time maintaining personal particulars about his life.

Woods was the primary black winner of the Masters in 1997, hugging his father Earl after his historic victory in course file style.

In 2019, Woods would come off the identical inexperienced at Augusta Nationwide after successful his first main title since 2008 and hug his kids, Sam and Charlie, in a bookend second to sign a accomplished return from again surgical procedure Woods hoped would permit him a standard life. It additionally gave him one other probability at {golfing} glory.

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Woods, who spent a file 683 weeks as world primary, is fiftieth on this week’s world rankings.

At age two, Woods charmed on a TV present together with his placing ability. The kid prodigy was a three-time US Newbie winner earlier than turning professional in 1996 with endorsement offers and a message: “Hello world.”

Woods received the Las Vegas Invitational in October 1996 to safe his place on the PGA Tour and 6 months later delivered a 12-stroke victory for the ages at 21 at Augusta Nationwide for a inexperienced jacket and the beginning of “Tiger-mania” curiosity that overwhelmed something golf had ever seen.

Woods had introduced a youthful pleasure and health emphasis unseen amongst golfers, delivering imaginative shotmaking and a big-driving recreation that put him among the many biggest champions the game had ever identified.

‘Tiger Slam’ in 2000-01

He pulled off one in all golf’s biggest achievements in 2000 and early 2001 with the “Tiger Slam” — successful 4 consecutive majors.

Woods received the 2000 US Open at Pebble Seashore by 15 strokes, the most important main blowout in historical past, then captured the Open Championship at St Andrews to finish the profession Grand Slam. He edged Bob Might in a playoff on the 2000 PGA and captured the 2001 Masters to personal all 4 main titles without delay, an unprecedented feat.

Woods received the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines on a damaged leg, downing Rocco Mediate in an 18-hole playoff, and received six 2019 titles however misplaced a significant for the primary time when main after 54 holes on the 2009 PGA Championship.

Three months later, after a low-speed crash close to his house, particulars of extra-marital affairs by Woods grew to become public, resulting in an apology and divorce and a golf layoff till the 2010 Masters, the place he shared fourth and started to rebuild his profession.

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Woods would not win once more earlier than 2012 at Bay Hill. He received three titles in 2012 and 5 in 2013, however again ache started limiting him and it could take 4 operations and 5 years earlier than Woods received once more on the 2018 Tour Championship, setting the stage for his 2019 Masters victory.

Together with his most up-to-date triumph on the 2019 Zozo Championship in Japan, Woods matched the late Snead for the US PGA all-time win file.

After serving as a taking part in captain for the triumphant 2019 US crew on the Presidents Cup in Australia, Woods shared ninth at Torrey Pines, his finest 2020 end.

In final yr’s majors, Woods was thirty seventh on the PGA Championship, missed the lower at US Open and shared thirty eighth on the Masters final November in his most up-to-date tour outing.

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