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Born in 1975, Woods (full name Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods) was a golf star from a young age. He first picked up a golf club before he hit his second birthday, and was in the pages of Golf Digest by the time he was five. He attended Stanford University on a golf scholarship, but after two years, he left school to compete in professional tournaments. In 1996, he was named PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year as well as Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year and nabbed his first major sports endorsement deal, with Nike.
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The late '90s were a string of wins for Woods on his rise to the top. In 1997, just a year after he was named Rookie of the Year, he won his first ever major championship, the Masters — becoming the youngest person ever to wear the tournament's iconic green jacket. In 1998, he got the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. And then in 1999, he won his first U.S. PGA Championship.
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Cementing his GOAT status, in 2000, when he was just 24 years old, Woods became the youngest-ever golfer to win a Career Grand Slam — the four major golf championships. It would be his first of three career grand slams (so far.)
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Though he hit a bit of a slump in 2003 and 2004, not winning any of the majors, Woods's dominance continued throughout the aughts. He set the world record for weeks at number one — 264. And though 2006, which saw the death of his father, was personally difficult for Woods, by the end of 2006, he had broken the records for total majors wins, and total overall wins over his 11 seasons competing. And in 2004, he had a personal high: Marrying Elin Nordegren, a Swedish former model.
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Woods wins the U.S. Open, which would turn out to be his last major championship to date.
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But in 2009, things began to unravel. On November 27, he left his home early in the morning in his Cadillac Escalade, but before he turned off his street, he crashed into a tree and a fire hydrant. He only suffered minor facial lacerations in the accident, but there was much speculation about how the accident happened. A few days later, outlets began to report on an alleged affair, which led Woods to release a statement admitting to "transgressions." And in the days after, the number of women coming forward to say they had had an affair with Woods began to snowball, with the number reaching above a dozen. He then admitted to the affairs and said he'd be taking an "indefinite break from professional golf." Many of his lucrative endorsement deals were dropped, like those with General Motors, AT&T, Gatorade and more. Nike stuck by him throughout the scandal.
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On February 5, Woods completed a rehabilitation program. Two weeks later he went on national television to deliver a public apology. "I knew my actions were wrong," said Woods at the time. "But I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled." Despite a strong performance at the Masters later that year, he failed to win a single event in 2010, losing his No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2005.
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After pulling out of the US Open and Open Championship in 2011 due to a leg injury, things were looking up for Woods over the next two years — he won eight times on PGA Tour, regained his coveted No. 1 ranking and started up a romance with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn. It seemed like he was back. But in 2013, Woods finished 13-over par in the US Open, recording his worst ever score as a professional.
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In March, Woods pulls out of the Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational with back issues. And the next month, he underwent back surgery for a pinched nerve, missing the Masters and the US Open. He also parted ways with swing coach Sean Foley and dropped to No. 32 in the world.
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In February, Woods withdrew just 12 holes into the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open due to back pain. A few months later he underwent a second microdisectomy surgery and a follow-up back procedure. Not only did he lose on the green in 2015 — Woods' rank dropped to No. 416 — his relationship with Vonn ended, too.
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Woods missed all four major for the first time in his career.
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Woods was arrested for a DUI in the early morning hours of May 29. He had no alcohol in his system when he was arrested, according to police reports. Two breathalyzer tests registered a .000 blood alcohol content. The report, issued by the Jupiter Police Department (a copy was obtained by PEOPLE), states that the 41-year-old golfer was found asleep at the wheel on the side of the road, and had to be woken up. According to the report, Woods used several pain medications including Vicodin. He allegedly failed the sobriety test and was unable to put his finger on his nose, walk a straight line, or stand on one leg. He is expected to appear in court on July 8.
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