Tiger Woods’ journey BACK to the big time: SIX key moments on way to Masters 2019 victory

Don’t call it a comeback

In June 2016 he announced he was unable to compete at the US Open, the second major of the year, having been sidelined since the preceding August following two back operations in the space of six weeks.

He ended a 15-month absence from the game in November but in January 2017 he missed the cut in his first PGA Tour event in almost 18 months, exiting the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines after finishing his first two rounds on four over par.

The master misses the Masters

The latest in a string of back problems meant the former world number one was unable to contest the 2017 Masters.

The chance to compete at Augusta 20 years since he first won the green jacket was denied to Woods who, despite “trying everything” to be fit, continued to suffer from nerve pain which had required three operations in the space of 19 months.

It was the third time in four years he missed out.

Under the influence?

In a throwback to his indiscretions of autumn 2009, in May 2017 Woods was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in the early hours of Memorial Day.

He released a statement claiming alcohol was not involved, instead blaming “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications” following his arrest close to Jupiter Island, Florida.

He received a year of probation after pleading guilty to reckless driving and was ordered to undergo 50 hours of community service.

Victory again

In September 2018 Woods shot a one-over 71 for a two-shot victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta – the 80th victory of his PGA Tour career and his first in more than five years.

It capped a comeback which sometimes never looked on the cards for Woods after his various problems.

Will Tiger Woods beat Jack Nicklaus’s majors record?

18 – Jack Nicklaus (United States)

15 – Tiger Woods (United States)

11 – Walter Hagen (United States)

9 – Ben Hogan (United States)

9 – Gary Player (South Africa)

8 – Tom Watson (United States)

7 – Harry Vardon (Jersey)

7 – Bobby Jones (United States)

7 – Gene Sarazen (United States)

7 – Sam Snead (United States)

7 – Arnold Palmer (United States)

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