The Rise and Fall of Tiger Woods

Justin Bifolco, Staff Writer

When one is thinking about the game of golf, it is hard not to think about Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods is among the most successful golfers of all time, which makes it quite obvious that he was a very highly paid athlete, even one of the highest paid athletes in the world for quite some time. Tiger Woods has broken several records in the game, including being the World Number One for the most consecutive weeks, and for the greatest total number of weeks of any other golfer. Tiger Woods’ dominance in the game of golf has inspired many people across the globe.

Woods’ love for golf started before the age of two-years-old. Tiger’s father, Earl Woods, was Tiger’s coach, as he grew up playing golf. Tiger was able to achieve great things when he was younger. For example, Tiger Woods was first able to defeat his father, a single-figure handicap golfer, when he was just eleven-years-old. He continued to show greatness by first breaking seventy on a regulation golf course by the age of twelve. Tiger continued to show dominance by accomplishing great achievements again as a professional golfer. Tiger Woods has won fourteen major championships throughout his professional career and has won seventy-nine PGA events.  In both of these categories, he is ranked second place all time. Tiger is also the second golfer ever to achieve a career Grand-Slam three times. A Grand-Slam in golf is to win all four majors in one calendar year, and Tiger was able to achieve this three times! This is incredible considering that many present-day professional golfers dream of winning their first major championship, or even their first PGA tour event.

Even though Tiger Woods has had a very successful career, unfortunately it seems as if it is coming to an end. It was highly publicised about in the year 2009 when Tiger was caught cheating on his wife. Some people believe that this was the start of the downfall in his career. Tiger also had back surgery in 2014 and 2015, and ever since has struggled to get back on top. In 2015, he had fallen outside the top 100 in the PGA tour rankings for the first time since the week before his first Tour title win in the year 1996, and in 2016 had fallen outside the top 500 for the first time ever in his professional career, and eventually decided to retire. After quite some time, however, Tiger has announced that he would make a comeback by entering into another PGA tour event from which he later withdrew, saying, “My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.”

Clearly, Tiger Woods has had a successful career. Unfortunately, the famous saying “All good things must come to an end,” could be proven true again as Tiger could retire, or if he does come back into the game, would not be as good as he used to be. Will there ever be a player as dominant as Tiger? Only time will tell.