Tiger Woods made more history on Monday when he matched the great Sam Snead’s record haul of 82 PGA Tour victories.
When Woods rolled in the winning putt at the Masters in April it was like reliving a bygone era, given it had been 11 years since the American’s last major triumph.
There was considerable doubt whether Woods would ever challenge at the highest level again, as he sought to overcome career-threatening back injuries and a slump in form.
But he has shown he still has the game to land big titles, and by triumphing at the Zozo Championship in Japan, which drew a star-studded field, Woods moved level with Snead.
Here, we take a look at the timeline of Woods’ dramatic, albeit largely injury-affected, fall and rise to becoming a major champion again.
September 2013 – Woods was named PGA Tour Player of the Year after winning five titles in 2013. He ended the year as world number one.
Congratulations @TigerWoods , our 2013 Player of the Year. He is now an 11th-time Jack Nicklaus Award winner. #pgatour
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) 27 September 2013
March 2014 – Underwent surgery to treat a pinched nerve and missed that year’s Masters.
June 2014 – Returned to play the Quicken Loans National in June but missed the cut. He played The Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship but struggled at all three and ended the year ranked 32nd.
February 2015 – After withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods announced an “indefinite break” due to poor form, He had recently shot an 11-over-par 82 at the Phoenix Open.
April 2015 – Returned to play the Masters and showed signs of promise – finishing tied-17th after going five under par for the tournament.
Watch @TigerWoods round in under three minutes. #themasters https://t.co/d3Xac4qhbr
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) 12 April 2015
September 2015 – Having missed the cut at the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, the first time he had failed to make the weekend at back-to-back majors, Woods confirmed he had undergone a second major back surgery to correct a pinched nerve.
October 2015 – A month later, Woods underwent a follow-up procedure to his previous surgery to help relieve discomfort.
September 2016 – Woods filled the role of non-playing vice-captain in the United States’ Ryder Cup victory at Hazeltine.
December 2016 – After a 15-month absence, Woods finally made his comeback at the Hero World Challenge and placed 15th.
February 2017 – Having failed to make the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open a week previously, Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour ahead of the second round, with his agent citing back spasms.
April 2017 – Woods announced he would miss the Masters for a second year running, and later that month he underwent a fourth major surgery to help ease pain in his back and leg.
May 2017 – A humiliating mugshot of Woods was released after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Woods quickly explained the incident was due to “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications”. He later pleaded guilty to reckless driving at a Palm Beach County courthouse.
July 2017 – Woods’ inactivity led to him dropping out of world’s top 1,000.
December 2017 – Made his latest comeback at the Hero World Challenge and finished tied-ninth, before showing good form at the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational early in 2018.
Great being with my team @BridgestoneGolf . Gearing up for an even better… stronger 2018. #DareToBeBetter pic.twitter.com/R0tcOplyDH
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) December 6, 2017
July 2018 – Finished three shots behind winner Francesco Molinari at The Open, having held the lead midway through the final round at Carnoustie.
August 2018 – Carded a 64 – his lowest final round in a major – on the last day of the US PGA Championship to claim second place, two shots behind winner Brooks Koepka.
September 2018 – Woods secured the Tour Championship at East Lake, his long-awaited victory coming after he was named by captain Jim Furyk as a wildcard pick for the US team to face Europe in the Ryder Cup at the end of the month.
April 2019 – Fourteen years after winning the Masters for a fourth time, Woods claimed a fifth green jacket and celebrated a 15th major victory, coming from behind to win such a title for the first time.
“We did it.” pic.twitter.com/RKgSorDpFr
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 14, 2019
October 2019 – Woods landed more silverware in brilliant style in Japan, landing the Zozo Championship title by three shots in Japan. It gave him an 82nd PGA Tour title, equalling the record set by Snead.
Who is Erica Herman? All about Tiger Woods’ girlfriend
Tiger Woods’ wild love life has had as many ups and downs as his golf career, and following the athlete’s severe car accident, many are curious to know the woman by his side.
The links great seems to have finally found his groove in dating just one woman — current girlfriend Erica Herman.
Here is everything to know about the pair’s nearly four-year relationship:
Woods and Herman began dating in 2017.
The 45-year-old golf legend and Herman, 44, were first spotted together at the Presidents Cup in 2017.
Herman was sporting a “player spouse” credential around her neck at the time, although they were not married.
Woods had previously been linked to Kristin Smith and Lindsey Vonn after splitting from ex-wife Elin Nordegren, who ended their six-year marriage in 2010, in part because of his many affairs — including with Rachel Uchitel. Woods and Nordegren had two kids together.
Herman is a supportive girlfriend.
Herman frequently travels with Woods to his competitions and was by his side when he earned his fifteenth major title at the 2019 Masters.
She later accompanied Woods to the White House in May of 2019, when the golf great was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Trump.
Woods posted a picture on Twitter of him, Herman and his children Charlie, 11, and Sam, 13, eating a quiet “Champion’s Dinner” together at home at about the time the canceled 2020 Masters tournament would’ve happened.
Had the event not been delayed for months because of COVID-19, Woods would have been hosting a formal Champions Dinner for fellow pros at Augusta National as the defending champion.
Herman is a Florida native.
Herman worked at Woods’ restaurant — The Woods — as she was local to the area, Metro reported.
Their time running the eatery was not without controversy. Both Herman and Woods were hit with a wrongful death suit in 2019 by the parents of a bartender at The Woods, who allegedly was overserved booze at the establishment and then got into a drunken, fatal wreck. The case against Woods and Herman was eventually dropped, according to reports.
Herman gets along with his kids
Woods and Herman are living together, according to People, and his son Charlie and daughter Sam “like her.”
The publication added that Herman has a friendly relationship with Nordegren as well.
Tiger Woods ‘a Fighter’ After Car Crash: ‘Being a Dad Has Helped Him Stay Focused on His Recovery’
Tiger Woods’ children have helped push him through recovery from his shocking February car accident.
A source tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue that Woods “lives for” his son Charlie, 12 and daughter Sam, 14, with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren.
“Being a dad has helped him stay focused on his recovery,” says the source. “At times, it’s been very difficult for him both physically and mentally. His leg injuries caused him extreme pain. He is a fighter and has been determined to get better though.”
Adds the source, “He has worked very hard in physical therapy. … He has had an incredible recovery.”
Earlier this week, another insider told PEOPLE that Woods’ recovery since the single-vehicle car crash on Feb. 23 has been “remarkable.”
Woods — who suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right leg, including fractures to his tibia and fibula bones — is “feeling strong and healthy and optimistic that he’ll be able to return to tour.”
When he’ll be back on the PGA Tour is unclear, but Woods has a “timeframe in his head,” the insider said, adding “He knows when he wants to return, and he’s going to make it happen.”
Woods was spotted out supporting Charlie on the golf course over the weekend, looking on as his son — also a talented golfer — participated in a juniors’ tournament.
Golf World Reacts to Tiger Woods’ Latest Twitter Post
Every year, the Tiger Woods Invitational commences with various events planned over a few days. A perfect blend of golf and entertainment, the tournament has come a long way since its inception. Naturally, Tiger Woods’ presence is a major highlight for all those in attendance.
Unfortunately, Woods was unable to be there this year. Sidelined with his accident since February, the 15-time major winner has made few to no public appearances. Regardless, fans follow the event in numbers, supporting the Tiger Woods Foundation and their constant efforts to make the world a better place.
However, Woods did not fail to congratulate the winners despite his absence.
Twitter reacts as the Tiger Woods Invitational comes to an end
“Congrats to the winners of the 10th #TWInvitational,” the 45-year-old wrote. He tagged United States Liability Insurance (USLI), thanking the company for helping this year’s event and supporting his foundation.
Of course, Woods could not go without thanking PGA Tour icons Max Homa and Bryson DeChambeau, who attended the event. Both stars were seen having fun, also speaking to everyone at the end of Day 1. While Woods was not physically present, fans seemed to be happy to see DeChambeau and Homa at the event.
Congrats to the winners of the 10th #TWInvitational. Thank you to @USLI150 and our guests who helped support this year’s event benefitting @tgrfound, along with @b_dechambeau, @maxhoma23, and @ESPNAshley for making it so special. pic.twitter.com/6mGwIJSSw1
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 13, 2021
Like usual, fans were happy to see Woods interacting, appreciating him for the event organized every single year. “Congratulations to you Tiger for your continuous noble acts of kindness,” wrote one fan, thanking him for making golf an inclusive sport. “Golf thanks YOU, Mr. Woods!” wrote another, thanking him for his humility off the court.
Congrats to them. You are the true winner. We all still believe In you. We are not done watching tiger highlights. We still hope for records broken. Against all obstacles the tiger will prevail. You mess with the tiger you get the whiskers lol. Go tiger!
— Steven D (@stevend143) October 14, 2021
Congratulations to you Tiger for your continuous noble acts of kindness. It’s because of you that golf is an inclusive sport for everyone including yours truly. I am glad that everyone are afforded the greatest opportunity to indulge in this great sport. Thanks to everyone 👏🏽
— Judy Newton (@JudyNewton2021) October 14, 2021
Hope see you stay in PGA at 2022!
— thomas woo (@Thomaswu2020) October 15, 2021
hope you are recovering well
— SteezeMcQueen 🚔👌 (@SteezeMcQueen1) October 13, 2021
Another interesting point was people mistaking a man in the photo for Woods. Fans seemed to make fun of this misunderstanding, explaining that the 82-time PGA Tour winner is still back home in recovery mode.
That’s not him 😀
— TWLEGION (@TWlegion) October 14, 2021
None of those guys are @TigerWoods. If you were a real fan, you’d know this🙄
— Judy Holmes (@golfisart) October 14, 2021
— Robert Cameron (@RobbieCamCam) October 15, 2021
Is that Tiger?
— Robert Schnure (@Schnure50) October 13, 2021
That’s not Tiger dude!
— David Schneider (@dwschneider1) October 14, 2021
A little about Woods’ Invitational tournament
The invitational, which has been around for a decade, is described as ‘three days of competitive golf, incredible networking, amazing entertainment, and once-in-a-lifetime memories who work to help the youth via various programs.’ “It’s just amazing for us to have a company like USLI support us and what we’re trying to do for the next generation of kids,” Woods said in a video shared a few days ago.
USLI helps the event fundraise to a greater level, which assists the Tiger Woods Foundation in helping more people.