Tiger Woods is viewed as the greatest golfer the world has ever seen for his achievements on the course and in the sport of golf. Woods has been playing professional golf since 1996 and has had numerous accolades under his name for the brilliance he has brought to the game. However, the veteran sportsman has not had the best reputation within the community and his career also took a toll.
The multiple-time world champion would face many problems personally and physically that affected his career for the worse. The player had marital issues with his wife after admitting to his infidelity and eventually signed the divorce papers. He would also undergo multiple back surgeries that made him fall to number 58 in the rankings.
Charles Barkley opens up about his relationship with Tiger Woods
Charles Barkley and Tiger Woods had been very close friends for a good amount of time before the golfer completely cut ties out of the blue with the NBA legend. However, Barkley was not only the only one who lost touch with the champion but several other renowned figures including Michael Jordan. The star had allegedly stopped talking to both legends after a car accident that took place in November 2009.
“To this day, I don’t have any idea what happened. After that… thing, he just stopped talking to us. That’s all I know. I could understand if he was trying to get back with his wife at the time and she said, ‘hey, get rid of all your old friends,’ and he called and said, ’This is the situation.” I would’ve understood that. But I just wish he would have been man enough to call and say that. To just disappear totally was disappointing.”
Tiger Woods builds his way back to the top
After a long period of struggle, Tiger Woods would ultimately lose the battle to get back with his wife and ended up losing his children to her custody. Based on his reputation, endorsements from various companies were canceled after Woods openly admitted to his wrongs. Bringing back his GOAT status was a challenge to overcome.
The veteran is currently tied first all-time for a total number of wins in a tour with 82 in the PGA. He has won 15 championships including five Masters Tournament and PGA Championship titles, three U.S Open titles, and the same Open Championship as well. His most recent title came from the Master’s Tournament in 2019, exactly ten years since he severed his relationship with Barkley.