Tiger Woods' Life and Times

Years after a very public unraveling, Tiger Woods is older, seemingly wiser and more relaxed as his golf game and love life seem to be settling down.

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Tiger Woods plays a shot from the rough on the 18th hole during the final round of the 95th PGA Championship on August 11, 2013 in Rochester, New York. Click through to see more photos of Tiger Woods through the years
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Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the 95th PGA Championship on August 11, 2013 in Rochester, New York.
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Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the third round of the 95th PGA Championship on August 10, 2013 in Rochester, New York.
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Tiger Woods plays out of a bunker onto the 14th green during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, July 20, 2013.
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Tiger Woods plays a shot off the 6th tee during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, July 20, 2013.
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Tiger Woods plays a shot as his girlfriend US skier Lindsey Vonn, looks on during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf Championship, Muirfield, Scotland, July 15, 2013.
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Tiger Woods was all smiles as he walked up the fairway during the pro-am Memorial Day golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Woods, the world's No. 1-ranked player, will be trying to win his 15th career major championship and his first in five years when the U.S. Open heads to Merion Golf Club outside of Philadelphia. Click to see more of his life and times.
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Tiger Woods kisses the trophy after winning The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Woods last won The Players in 2001.
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Tiger Woods hits from the 16th tee during the third round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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Sergio Garcia, of Spain, left, shakes hands with Tiger Woods at the conclusion of the third round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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Tiger Woods hits from the eighth tee during the third round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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Tiger Woods looks at his shot on the ninth green during the third round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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Tiger Woods hits from the sixth hole fairway during the third round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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Tiger Woods plays a shot on the 14th hole during round two of The Players Championship at The Players Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 10, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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Tiger Woods plays a shot from the 18th tee during round two of THE PLAYERS Championship at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 10, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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Tiger Woods and caddie Joe La Cava look at the 18th hole before Woods teed off during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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Tiger Woods reacts to his shot from the 11th fairway during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn attend the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.
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After his fall from grace in 2009 — in golf and in marriage — Tiger Woods had his eye again on the top at this year's Masters tournament. Woods hits a shot during the final round of the 77th Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.
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Tiger Woods reacts after missing a birdie putt on the first hole during the fourth round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday.
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Tiger's Lindsey Vonn watches him during the final round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.
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Tiger Woods got a reprieve at the Masters on Saturday when he was given a two-shot penalty for a bad drop but avoided a more serious sanction — disqualification.
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Tiger Woods hits his second shot on the first hole during the third round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.
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Lindsey Vonn, second right, and her physical therapist Lindsay Winninger watch Tiger Woods during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Augusta, Ga.
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Tiger Woods shakes hands with his swing coach Sean Foley as he arrives for the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. Woods was assessed a 2-stroke penalty by the rules committee for a drop in second round of the Masters.
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On Friday, Tiger Woods made two bogeys in the last four holes and wound up three off the lead.
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Tiger Woods takes a drop on the 15th hole after his ball went into the water during the second round of the Masters golf tournament on Friday. He was given a two-shot penalty for the bad drop but avoided disqualification.
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Lindsey Vonn waves after watching Tiger Woods during the second round of the Masters golf tournament.
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Years after a very public unraveling, Tiger Woods is older, seemingly wiser and more relaxed as his golf game and love life seem to be settling down.
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Lindsey Vonn, laughs while watching Tiger during the first round of the Masters golf tournament on April 11.
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Tiger Woods hit to the 13th green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament April 10 in Augusta, Georgia. It is rumored that his new relationship with professional skier, Lindsey Vonn, has created the stability and balance Tiger needed to get back into the game and regain his ranking as the world's number one golfer.
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Tiger Woods reacts after his fairway shot on the 15th hole during the first round of his 19th Masters. Woods broke 70 only once before in the first round. That came in 2010, the year he made his season debut at the event and finished tied for fourth.
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Tiger Woods waits to hit off the first fairway during the first round of the Masters golf tournament on April 11 in Augusta, Georgia.
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Tiger Woods watches his shot out of a bunker on the second hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. After a very publicized and messy divorce, Tiger seeks to regain and maintain his number 1 ranking as he chases his first major title since 2008 and his first Masters crown in eight years.
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Tiger Woods tees off on the first hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament April 9th in Augusta, Georgia. Tiger currently holds 14 major titles, just four shy of the great Jack Nicklaus's record. This year he seeks to sport his fifth Green Jacket, his first one since 2005.
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Tiger Woods jokes with Arnold Palmer after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Florida. The golfer tied a PGA Tour record with his success at the Invitational.
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In March 2013, Tiger Woods announced via his Facebook page he was dating Olympic gold-medal skier, Lindsay Vonn. “This season has been great so far and I'm happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral,” he said. “Something nice that's happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn.”
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Tiger Woods started off his 2013 PGA season with a victory in the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament in San Diego, California on Jan. 28, 2013. This was Woods' eighth career win at Torrey Pines golf course and his 75th PGA Tour win overall.
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Tiger Woods lines up a putt during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship in Lytham St Annes, England on July 19, 2012. He finished the tournament third overall.
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Tiger Woods pauses while speaking to the media. He withdrew from the first round of the Players Championship on May 12 after just nine holes due to knee and Achilles tendon injuries.
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The green jacket remains elusive for Tiger Woods. After a fist-pumping performance, he was in a position to win the 2011 Masters—but those brief glimpses of a pre-2009 Woods faded when he finished tied for third.
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In March 2011, Tiger Woods visited Jimmy Fallon's show for his first late-night television interview since 2009. "So Tiger, what have you been doing for the last year and a half?" Fallon asked. "Nothing. Nothing. Playing bad golf," Woods joked.
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Tiger Woods says he's getting his life back on course after his extramarital affairs scandal and divorce. He spoke with "Good Morning America" about single fatherhood in March 2011. "It's tough. But it's enjoyable. That's the work I love," he said.
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Woods says he wants to reclaim his spot as the world's number one golfer. "It's been frustrating, no doubt, because, obviously, I enjoy winning golf tournaments, and I haven't done that in a while," he said in a "Good Morning America" interview in March 2011. "I know what I'm capable of doing."
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A year after his car accident ignited a sex scandal that ended the golf champion's marriage and led him to retreat from the spotlight, Tiger Woods started warming to the media again in late 2010. He gave radio interviews to ESPN and wrote an article for Newsweek in a bid to remake his image and relaunch his billion-dollar brand.
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Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren officially divorced after appearing at Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Fla. "We are sad that our marriage is over, and we wish each other the very best for the future," they said in a statement. The divorce came after months of media speculation on how the pair would address Woods' high-profile infidelities.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"While we are no longer married, we are the parents of two wonderful children, and their happiness has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us," they said. The estranged couple agreed to share custody, and court papers revealed both attended four-hour parenting classes in Florida.
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Court papers also showed the couple signed a secret settlement. That followed media reports that Nordegren could receive anywhere from $100 million in assets to five times that figure. In her divorce petition, she said her marriage was "irretrievably broken" and asked to have her maiden name — Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren — restored.
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The divorce came nine months after Woods crashed his SUV outside the couple's home near Orlando, setting off explosive revelations that the world's number one golfer had been cheating on his wife. The scandal cost Woods millions of dollars in endorsements and five months away from the game.
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After Woods crashed his Cadillac SUV outside his Florida mansion over Thanksgiving in 2009, rumors began to swirl—and alleged mistresses began to surface.
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The accident outside of Woods' Orlando mansion occurred in the wee hours of morning—which immediately sparked questions about where Woods was heading and under what circumstances.
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Initially, Woods told cops his wife smashed the vehicle's window in an effort to free him. But the story only generated skepticism, and the couple refused to meet with cops on three occasions.
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Days before the mysterious crash, Manhattan club promoter Rachel Uchitel had been linked to Woods by the National Enquirer. Nearly a year after the media whirlwind, she opened up about an affair she said she had with the golfing champ.
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Interest in the story blew up after cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs claimed in Us Weekly that she had had a two-and-a-half-year affair with Woods and produced what she said were his voice and text messages.
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Woods released an apology on the day the story was published, expressing regret for "transgressions" and saying "I have let my family down." Woods was not specific about the reason for the apology and requested privacy.
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Over a dozen women claimed in various media outlets that they had affairs with Woods.
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After weeks of intense media speculation, Woods released another statement, admitting to infidelity, offering another apology and announcing an indefinite hiatus from professional golf.
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This portrait shows the Woods family — daughter Sam, wife Elin, Tiger and son Charlie — with dogs Yogi and Taz in happier times. After the scandal broke, Woods spent two months in therapy at a Mississippi clinic in hopes of saving his marriage.
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Rachel Uchitel hired power lawyer Gloria Allred, known for her high-profile celebrity cases, after her name surfaced as an alleged Woods mistress.
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Joslyn James, an X-rated film actress, claimed to have spent three years as one of Tiger Woods' mistresses.
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James — born Veronica Siwik-Daniels — also retained attorney Gloria Allred.
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Cori Rist was also identified as one of Tiger Woods' many mistresses. Rist went on NBC's "Today" to tell her side of the story.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"I got nothing out of this relationship but a broken heart," Jungers said on "Today" of her alleged link to Woods.
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The sordid scandal cost Woods three major corporate sponsors — Accenture, AT&T and Gatorade — worth millions of dollars, and he lost his reputation as the gold standard in sports endorsements.
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Woods lost his first major endorsement deal when management consulting firm Accenture cut ties, stating on its Web site within a month of his car accident that after six years it had "determined that he is no longer the right representative."
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Gillette refused to dump the golfing great but said it would honor Woods' request for privacy by "limiting his role" in their marketing campaign.
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Nearly three months after the scandal broke, Woods delivered a televised speech from the PGA Tour headquarters in Florida on Feb. 19, 2010. Woods apologized for the hurt his behavior had caused his family, friends, fans and business partners.
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Woods hugs and kisses his mother, Kultida Woods, after the emotional speech in which he acknowledged having cheated on his wife.
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Millions watched Woods' televised and carefully orchestrated public apology.
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Tiger Woods conducted two 5-minute interviews with ESPN in late March 2010, where he answered questions for the first time on camera about the sex scandal that had cost him sponsors and fans. Woods acknowledged "living a lie," saying he alone was responsible for the sex scandal that caused his downfall.
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After a five-month absence from golf, Woods attempted a redemption tour on the golf course—but it yielded only an embarrassing winless streak. He tied for 23rd place at the British Open and came in fourth for a less-than-triumphant return at the Masters.
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Woods released a bizarre commercial for Nike on the heels of his return to golf. In the stark black-and-white ad, Woods looks directly and silently into the camera while a recording plays of his late father speaking about taking responsibility.
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Shortly after Woods' return, his swing coach Hank Haney called it quits after more than six years of working with the golfer. He wrote on his Web site, "Tiger Woods and I will always be friends, but I believe that there is a time and place for everything, and I feel at this time and at this place in my life I want to move forward in other areas."
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