Tiger Woods, world renowned professional golfer, has made his mark in golfing history once again. On October 27, he tied with fellow American and legendary golfer Sam Snead with the highest number of PGA Tour wins in golfing history. By taking home first place in the Zozo Championship in Inzai, Japan, Woods secured a record 82nd title under his belt. At 43 years old, Woods has the potential to achieve further wins, as Snead was 52 when he won his last title in 1965.
Woods’ climb back to the top has definitely not been an easy one. One of the youngest stars of the sport, he repeatedly left the world in awe at his golfing skills and talent. However, in November of 2009, he drove his SUV into a tree and was discovered to have had many affairs outside his marriage with Elin Nordegren, with whom he had two children. His fame and popularity took a nosedive, and he struggled ever since to gain back his image. For the next 8 years, Woods had scattered participation and wins in golfing as he withdrew largely from the sport. He divorced and started dating Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn for two years before splitting in May of 2015. Constant back pain and injuries laced this time period, as he went into the hospital four times for surgery and had to withdraw from multiple tournaments for pain and back spasms. His career saw further conflict as his drug use took a toll on his body. In October of 2017, Woods was found driving under the influence of prescription drugs. He spent a year in a probation program.
Throughout the latter part of his career, golf players, critics, and the general populous waved off Woods as being finished with golfing stardom. The seemingly overwhelming injuries he was prone to, as well as his mistakes and poor decisions, left many to believe that a comeback was near impossible for him. However, in September of 2018, he took the world by storm with an unexpected PGA Tour win in Atlanta. It was one of his biggest accomplishments after years of personal issues and fluctuating golfing successes. In April of 2019, he won his 15th Major Title at the Augusta National Golf Course. The last time he won a Major Title was 11 years ago. Since then, Woods has made a slow, but steady climb towards regaining his former level of golfing achievements and abilities, with his latest at the Zozo Championships. He beat World No. 2 Hideki Matsuyama by three shots, earning him his 82nd win and respect as a world famous golfing master. Woods now looks towards the future with an optimistic eye and hopes that he can keep playing at the highest level possible. We can certainly hope to expect to see more of Woods’s successes as we move further into the 2020 PGA Tour Season.
By Jessica Jiang