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The mother of all comebacks

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There are few athletes who achieve such domination, that they become household names familiar even to non-sports fans all over the world. This Tiger Woods achieved during a period of more than a decade from the mid 1990s through and beyond the mid-2000s. Unless you were a true fan of golf, Woods' dominance of the PGA Tour became boring – with the only question on an awful lot of weekends being who would come second in the tournament in question. That's how dominant Tiger was.

Steep fall

Although he already had a couple of knee operations behind him, his fall from grace – and it was a steep one – really began with a car accident in front of his home in Florida in November of 2009. It seemed completely out of character for someone who until then, seemed always to be in control. Then came the news of a number of affairs and the breakdown of his marriage. In 2010 not only did he lose the No. 1 ranking that he had held for 281 weeks, but he also lost $20 million worth of endorsements after several, but not all, of his major sponsors bailed on him.

DW Sports editor Chuck Penfold

Despite the personal problems, Woods continued to try to play golf over the ensuing few years, but knee and back problems continued to take their toll, reducing him to an also-ran – when he did manage to play through the pain. There was a comeback in late 2016 after a back injury had kept him out of action for over a year. It was then that he admitted that the pain had been so bad, that at one point he seriously doubted whether he would ever be able to pick up a club again.

And things would get worse before they got better. Police in Florida........

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