On June 16, 2008, Tiger Woods defeated Rocco Mediate in an 18-hole playoff for the U.S. Open title. That was almost seven years ago. Seven long years of ups and downs in both his professional and personal life.
In light of Tiger’s announcement that he’s taking time off from golf, here’s a timeline of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad things that have happened to him since 2008:
June 20, 2008
Four days after winning the U.S. Open, Tiger reveals that he’s played 10 months with a torn ligament in his knee (and a double stress fracture). He takes the rest of the year off for reconstructive surgery.
Tiger Woods finishes the season without winning a major for the first time since 2004.
November 25, 2009
The National Enquirer reports that Tiger Woods cheated on his wife with a woman named Rachel Uchitel.
November 27, 2009
Tiger is involved in a one-car accident outside his Isleworth, Fla. home. Reports indicate that he’s in “serious condition,” as his Cadillac Escalade is found alongside a fire hydrant. It’s later alleged that Tiger’s wife, Elin Nordegren, chased him out of the house with a golf club.
December 11, 2009
Tiger Woods takes an indefinite leave from golf as he tries to repair his marriage and personal life. Multiple women come forward claiming to have had a relationship with him, including porn star Joslyn James.
December 14, 2009
Accenture drops Tiger as a sponsor.
Jan 20, 2010
A picture of Tiger Woods at a sex rehab facility in Mississippi hits the web.
February 19, 2010
Tiger Woods speaks publicly for the first time, apologizing to his wife and friends for his infidelity, among other things.
February 26, 2010
Gatorade drops Tiger Woods as a sponsor.
April 12, 2010
Tiger Woods returns to The Masters only to watch his rival, Phil Mickelson, take home the green jacket.
May 11, 2010
Tiger drops Hank Haney as a coach.
August 23, 2010
Tiger’s divorce with Elin Nordegren is finalized.