Tiger Woods is among the greatest golfers of all time. Yet, his life has been a lot more thorny than rosy. Tiger has faced many struggles. Thanks to his relentless tenacity, he has managed to get back up every time.
Tiger Woods was born in California in 1975. His athletic father, Earl Woods, was a single-digit handicap amateur golfer. Earl often took Tiger to the golf course, where he learned the sport from an early age. By eight, he was already participating in junior-level competitions.
Tiger graduated from Western High School in 1994. He was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in the graduating class because of his performance on the school’s golf team. He joined Stanford University under a golf scholarship but left two years later to become a pro golfer.
Turning Pro and Breaking Records
Tiger Woods began his professional golfing career in 1996. In the 1997 Masters, he won his first major, becoming the tournament’s youngest winner and ranked first in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Tiger won six consecutive events on the 2000 PGA Tour, including the U.S. Open, where he won by a record 15-stroke margin. He also became the youngest golfer to earn the Career Grand Slam. When Tiger won the 2001 Masters, he became the only golfer to win four consecutive major pro golf titles.
Over the next five years, Tiger became the dominant force in golf. He maintained his position atop the world rankings for a record 264 weeks and won 13 major championships.
A Career on the Ropes
Tiger Woods was in peak form when he suffered a knee injury and underwent surgery in 2008. When he returned in 2009, he seemed to have lost his touch, as he failed to win a major for the first time in five years.
While his golfing performance was dwindling, Tiger’s personal life was in even more turmoil. In November 2009, reports surfaced that the golfer had been unfaithful to his wife. By the end of the year, the media had heavily scrutinized his life. The highly decorated golfer was losing both his family and his hard-earned reputation.
In 2013, following a painful divorce with his wife and a three-year hiatus from golf, Tiger made an exuberant return with five tournament wins. As soon as he appeared primed to regain his footing, injuries flared up to derail him.
Tiger suffered recurring back problems and went through four surgeries between 2014 and 2017. During this time, his golfing deteriorated, and he developed a dependence on pain medication. After police found him sleeping in his car with its engine running, Tiger realized he needed help.
The Road Back to Glory
Tiger Woods checked into a clinic in June 2017 for help with his addiction. He also pleaded guilty to reckless driving, received one-year probation, and entered a first-time offender program. He resolved to spend the rest of the year working on himself both physically and mentally.
“I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again,” Tiger said.
By the start of 2018, Tiger was ready to resume doing what he loved.
The Comeback of the Ages
Despite his clean bill of health, Tiger Woods was not sure the golfing world would readmit him after his downfall. Nevertheless, he took the chance. Much to his delight, fans were elated to see him back on the green.
In April 2019, Tiger shocked the world when he won the Masters for the first time in eleven years. At 43, he was the second oldest golfer to win the tournament. Sports media houses hailed the victory as one of the greatest comebacks in history and an inspiring lesson in patience, perseverance, and dedication.
The takeaway is this:
Tiger Woods’ story is a testament that nobody is immune to failure. He lost his family, form, and reputation, and yet he persevered and emerged a winner. Even in business and investments, you can suffer defeat after defeat, but what matters is how you recover.
Stay hopeful, believe in your capabilities, and work on your weaknesses, and you will be well on your way to a great financial comeback.
“Winning is not always the barometer of getting better.”