Things are not looking good for Tiger Woods. He was once the undisputed king of golf, and one of the most famous athletes in the world. And more importantly, he was once one of the highest paid athletes. He's still famous to this day... But now it's for all the wrong reasons. His fame is quickly tumbling into something else altogether - infamy. Now people are left wondering just how Tiger Woods is going to come back and regain his former glory. But it's looking more and more certain that, after all these setbacks, Tiger Woods probably isn't going to be able to make a comeback after all.
His recent DUI arrest may just be the last nail in the coffin for this athlete's disappointing career. As we will reveal in more detail in the list, he was caught intoxicated behind the wheel of a car. In fact, he was asleep at the wheel. He was in such a deep state of unconsciousness that police had to bang on the window to wake him up. He claims he was on prescription drugs. This is a sad day for golf, and the sporting world in general. But in truth, we all saw this coming long before the arrest on May 29th. There have been many clear signs that this star athlete's best days are long behind him. It seems certain now that Tiger Woods' career is officially over.
Let's get straight down to the story that everyone's talking about. On May 29, 2017, police found Tiger asleep at the wheel of his black Mercedes in Jupiter, Florida. The car was stopped on the side of the road, and partially in the bike lane. Officers say that he had to be woken up. One officer recalls: "At one point the driver woke up and pulled on the right side lever on the steering column," the officer said in the incident report. "I asked the driver what he pulled, and the driver replied in a muffled tone, 'What? Push the button?' and then pushed the button to start the vehicle. I immediately had the driver push the button again to turn the vehicle back off. The driver complied and then fell back asleep a few moments later." Apparently Tiger had slurred speech and kept changing his story about where he was coming from. They administered a sobriety test and saw that he had dilated pupils and had difficulty balancing himself. His blood alcohol level was zero, and Tiger denied taking any illegal drugs. He did however, admit to taking prescription drugs.
He later made a statement, saying: "I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly." He is set to make a court appearance for an arraignment in early July.
14 Getting Old
Let's pretend for a moment that Tiger Woods was a perfect role model. Let's pretend that he never had any injuries, or cheating scandals, or DUIs. He still would be hard-pressed at this point to regain his former success. And that's for one simple reason - he's old. I know that golfers tend to have longer careers than a soccer player or an Olympic athlete, for example. But it seems clear that Tiger Woods' prime was years ago. There was something about his youth that made him a ferocious opponent. And now, that spark seems to have left him. He's 41 today, and this fact alone means that making a comeback will be really difficult for Tiger Woods. He's just running out of time...
13 Possible Jail Time
According to Florida law, an offender's very first DUI can result in a wide range of punishments, including (albeit in rare circumstances) jail time. Tiger Woods already spent one night in jail, and was released in the morning. But if he's tried to the full extent of the law, he could spend up to 6 months in jail. However, this is unlikely, since he didn't hurt anyone (except his own career). The judge might choose to make an example of him though, especially because this isn't the first time he's driven recklessly. In 2009, he crashed his car into a fire hydrant, trees, and some hedges. He received a ticket for reckless driving. So the judge might look at both those cases and determine that Tiger needs some time behind bars to let it sink in that irresponsible driving is not acceptable.
12 He Doesn't Win Anymore
Tiger doesn't win anymore. Why doesn't he win anymore? After his cheating scandal, his form has really suffered. In 2010, he decided to take a break from competitive golf. He returned in April of that year, and tied for fourth place in the 2010 Masters Tournament. But it would get much worse. His next two tournaments were incredibly bad, and he withdrew from them, claiming he was injured. The rest of the season went as badly, and he finished the year as the number 2 best golfer in the world. In 2012, he was knocked out of a tournament after he missed a 5 foot putt. He actually made a small comeback in the beginning of 2013, but then sunk back down by the end of the year, finishing 13 over par in one tournament, which was his worst score ever as a professional golfer. Things got much worse after a back injury, and by 2014 he was failing to make the cut at the 2014 PGA Championship. He continued to fail to make the cut for a few more tournaments into 2015 and 2016, and it doesn't look like he's going to get better.
11 Too Much Competition
Tiger has some stiff competition these days. The new generation of golfers is simply leaving Tiger in the dust. Nowadays, his style of golf seems outdated and nowhere near as good as some of these newer golfers. Number one in the world right now is Dustin Johnson, who is only 32 but is close to beating a lot of Tiger's records. He's also happily married to the daughter of Wayne Gretzky... Second place in the world rankings is Rory McIlroy, who equals Tiger's record of winning three majors by the age of 25. He's only 28 years old. Hot on their heels is the young Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama, who just recently rose to 4th place in the world rankings in 2017. Tiger Woods is going to have to work really hard to catch up with the pace these guys are setting, and some people say that would be an impossible task.
10 The Infamous Cheating Scandal
Another thing that really ruined Tiger's career is his cheating scandal. That was the first crack that started to form in Tiger Wood's seemingly perfect exterior. Now that crack is just another blemish on Tiger's career, finding company with countless other dents. In 2009, the National Enquirer revealed that Tiger had been cheating on his wife with a nightclub manager, Rachel Uchitel. Two days later, Tiger took his car out and crashed it. In the next few weeks, it became clear that Tiger Woods had been cheating on his wife with tons of other women. After a voicemail message left by Woods on a mistress' phone was found, the whole story was blown wide open. More than a dozen women came forward, claiming they had been hooking up with Tiger while he was still married. Tiger was forced to admit to his infidelities. It was still possible for him to succeed on the golf court, but unfortunately his form took a major dip. It's been something he's been trying to recover from ever since, and he's never quite succeeded.
9 Reputation Ruined
I think it's safe to say now that Tiger Woods' reputation has been completely, thoroughly, and utterly ruined. Where do I even begin. He seemed like such a perfect guy until his cheating scandal. Then he crashed his car for the whole world to see. Now, he's been arrested because of a DUI. How do you come back from that? Facing the public must have been hard enough when everyone knew he had been cheating on his wife with multiple women. I can't even imagine what it's going to be like when everyone knows he's a criminal now. This is made so much worse by the fact that golf is seen as such a prestigious sport. There are so many golf fans who are very old and proper, and would see his behavior as disgraceful.
8 The Comeback Has Failed Multiple Times
How many times have you heard about Tiger Woods making a comeback? How many times have golf commentators asked the question, "Will this be the year that Tiger Woods makes his comeback?" It seems like with every passing tournament, people are crossing their fingers and hoping Tiger will regain his former glory. But with each passing year, it becomes less and less of a reality. More and more people are forgetting about Tiger Woods, and accepting that he's just going to fade into golf history. The truth is that if he was going to make a comeback, he would have done it by now. Time and time again, he's failed epically in his attempts to bring himself back to the top of the golfing world. I sincerely hope he proves me wrong, but it looks like that comeback just isn't going to happen...
7 Back Surgeries
Throughout his career, Tiger Woods has been hounded by some pretty serious back injuries. It first started in 2014, when he had a microdisectomy to repair a herniated disc. But this was only the beginning. Later that year, he revealed that his back had been spasming constantly. In 2015, he underwent a second microdisectomy to remove a disc fragment that was pinching his nerve. Later that year, he went under the knife yet again for a similar problem. 2016 was largely spent recovering from these surgeries. He reportedly still suffered from back spasms throughout the recent years. In April 2017, he once again had surgery on his back, relating to the herniated disc problem. That's a lot of back surgeries, and it's beginning to look like a problem that just can't be solved.
6 Too Many Injuries
Speaking of injuries, Tiger Woods has been plagued with all kinds of injuries, not just those linked to his back and spine. Way back in 2002, Tiger Woods had surgery after an ACL injury to his left knee. In 2008, he once again had surgery on that same knee. Later that year, he had extensive reconstructive surgery on that knee. That put him out of commission for 9 months. In 2010, he complained about a possible neck injury caused by a bulging disc. This was later diagnosed as an inflamed facet joint in his neck. In 2011, he once again suffered from an injury to his left knee and also his Achilles heel. In 2013, he pulled out of a tournament due to an elbow strain. All of these injuries accumulate and never really go away. If Tiger Woods wanted to restart his career, he would have to deal with countless more injuries, and that's what makes it so doubtful that he will ever return to his former glory.
5 He Has Started Cheating (At Golf)
Okay, so maybe this is stretching the truth a little. He only really got caught cheating once, back in 2013. This was when he was starting to make his first major comeback after his infidelity scandal, before it all fell apart. He was almost disqualified from the 2013 Masters Tournament after allegations arose that he had taken an illegal drop after his 3rd shot on the 15th hole bounced off the pin and into the water. Luckily for him, he was given a two-stroke penalty, and not disqualified. He finished the event tied for fourth. This attitude really sums up the kind of desperation that Tiger Woods is experiencing right now, and it's a clear sign that his golf skills aren't what they used to be. And we all know that he cheats on and off the golf course...
4 He's Firing All Of His Team
Another sign that Tiger Woods is getting really desperate is the fact that he seems to be firing all of his team. Steve Williams was Tiger Woods' caddy for many, many years. However Tiger Woods shocked both him and the golfing world when he fired him. It seems like Tiger Woods was just lashing out at those who were closest to him, especially since this wasn't long after his cheating scandal. In 2014, he also fired his swing coach, Sean Foley. Apparently both these people were fired because of Tiger's "control issues." This stinks of a man who knows that he's failing miserably, and is looking around at the people around him to blame. This, and the fact that Tiger has no plans to hire a swing coach is a clear sign that his career is pretty much over.
3 He Hasn't Even Played For Most Of 2017
Probably the biggest reason Tiger Woods' career is over is the fact that he's not even playing golf anymore. He seems to have just given up. On March 31, 2017, he announced to his fans that he wouldn't be playing in the 2017 Masters Tournament. His last tournament was in February 2017, where he golfed extremely poorly and had to pull out due to continued back spasms. While other pro golfers are winning trophies and competing in every possible tournament they can, Tiger Woods is... well, he's getting arrested for DUIs and getting high on prescription drugs. Sorry, but that's the truth. If you actually want to have a golfing career, you need to actually be playing golf.
2 He Doesn't Seem To Want To Play Anymore, Even When He's Injury-Free
The weirdest part about Tiger Woods not playing too much golf anymore is the fact that he isn't actually injured anymore. He should have recovered from his last back surgery a while ago, and if it is true that he's injury free, then why isn't he playing golf? He has no excuse for not playing, except maybe the fact that he doesn't want to play professional golf anymore. He's often said he wants to break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championship wins, and that's probably still true. A huge part of Tiger probably still wants to play and win golf tournaments. But that part of Tiger is getting smaller and smaller, and it's beginning to recede more and more. The Tiger we see a lot more of these days is the Tiger whose heart just isn't in golf anymore, and someone who just wants to stop being the center of attention.
1 He Lost All His Sponsors
Another reason Tiger's career is over now is the fact that he lost most of his sponsors a long time ago. This was a blow that was dealt to Tiger back when the true extent of his extramarital affairs started to surface. After all, who wants to be associated with someone who commits adultery? Not some of the biggest brands in the world, that's for sure. AT&T, Accenture, Gatorade, General Motors, Gillette, TAG Heuer, and Golf Digest all dropped their sponsorship deals with the golfing legend. But Tiger Woods wasn't the only one who lost money as a result of his divorce. Estimated shareholder losses resulting from Tiger's cheating scandal was an estimated 5 to 12 billion dollars. That's a lot of money caused by one man's cheating. As most people know, most athletes make a huge deal of money off their sponsorship deals, and now no company in their right mind will touch Tiger Woods, especially now that he has a DUI. To make matters worse, Nike, which was the one company that stuck by Tiger Woods, has now exited the Golf industry, leaving Tiger completely and utterly alone.