Next month marks nine years since Tiger Woods last won a major, when he beat Rocco Mediate in a playoff with an injured leg in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
In the near-decade since, his life on and off the course has been marked by failures, scandals and injuries. He's played just 19 events since April 2014 and hasn't won a tournament since August 2013. His stated career goal -- besting Jack Nicklaus' 18 major wins -- quickly progressed from formality to pipe dream.
Monday morning, the latest troublesome episode surfaced, complete with a mugshot that instantly found a home as the illustration of a career gone awry. Woods was arrested for driving under the influence near his Florida home early Monday morning and spent over three hours in jail. The legendary golfer later released a statement that denied alcohol was involved, blaming the incident on prescription meds he was taking.
"I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions. 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 affected me so strongly. I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends, and the fans. I expect more from myself, too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again. I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Dept. and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for their professionalism."
What happened? Here's a timeline of how his fall played out.
Nov. 27, 2009: Woods crashes his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant outside his home. He wasn't seriously injured, but the timing fed rumors that the crash was tied to a leaked story earlier in the week that Woods had been cheating on his then-wife, Elin Nordegren. Two days later, Woods released a vague statement that lent credence to a burgeoning scandal. "This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again," the statement read. The exact details of the crash are still unknown, but the next month, Woods' friend Jesper Parnevik, who introduced him to Nordegren, made reference publicly to the theory that Nordegren was chasing the car with a golf club and may have knocked out a window or struck Woods.
Nov. 30, 2009: Woods pulls out of his charity tournament, the Chevron World Challenge, and announces he won't be playing again the rest of the year.
Dec. 1-8, 2009: Seven women come forward with claims that Woods had engaged in affairs with them. The list included two cocktail waitresses, a Perkins waitress, a porn star and a lingerie model.
Dec. 11, 2009: Woods announces he is taking an "indefinite leave" from golf. Three days later, Accenture drops Woods as a sponsor. On New Year's Eve, AT&T follows suit.
January 2010: Woods spends around a month at a rehabilitation facility in Mississippi, reportedly seeking treatment for sex addiction.
Feb. 19, 2010: With his mother in the front row, Woods spends 14 minutes apologizing to his wife, friends and America in front of a blank blue curtain. He doesn't take any questions.
Woods also sent a letter to the parents at his children's school, apologizing for the attention.
Feb. 26, 2010: Gatorade joins AT&T and Accenture as major sponsors to drop Woods as a spokesman.
March 21, 2010: Woods takes questions for the first time, sitting down for a pair of interviews with ESPN and Golf Channel.
April 8-11, 2010: Woods makes his long-awaited return at the Masters and finishes fourth at 11-under, five shots behind champion Phil Mickelson.
May 10, 2010: Woods withdraws from The Players Championship, citing neck pain. It's only his third career withdrawal and second since 1995.
May 11, 2010: Woods' longtime swing coach, Hank Haney, resigns his position. In March, Woods' caddy Steve Williams admitted he was "mad" at Tiger for the events of the previous months.
June 20, 2010: Woods shoots 75 on the final day of the U.S. Open to finish fourth at 3-over, three shots behind champion Graeme McDowell.
Aug 23, 2010: Woods' divorce with Nordegren is finalized. She received a reported $100 million in the divorce. In her first interview years later, she said she forgives Woods for the infidelity and scandal that ended their marriage.
Oct. 31, 2010: Woods officially loses his world No. 1 ranking to Lee Westwood after 281 weeks at the top.
April 26, 2011: Woods pulls out of the Wells Fargo Championship, citing a sprained left MCL and strained his left Achilles tendon. He says he suffered the injury hitting an awkward shot from pine straw on the 17th hole of his third round at the Masters earlier in the month.
May 12, 2011: Woods shoots 42 on his first nine holes of The Players Championship and withdraws again, citing his left leg injuries and "tightness."
July 19, 2011: Woods and Williams officially sever their 13-year, golfer-caddy relationship. Williams moves on to caddy for Adam Scott.
Aug. 4, 2011: Woods returns from a three-month layoff and plays in the Bridgestone Invitational. He finishes 1-over, nine shots behind champion Adam Scott. That meant Woods' ex-caddy was a champion. That night, Williams called the title "the best win I've ever had" in 33 years of caddying. He apologized the next day, saying he let his anger toward Woods come out.
Aug. 11, 2011: Woods misses the cut at the PGA Championship for the first time. He shot 77 on the first day and 73 on the second to finish 10-over. The 77 was his worst opening round ever in a major.
Oct. 3, 2011: Woods falls out of the top 50 in the World Golf Rankings.
Dec. 4, 2011: Woods wins his own event, the Chevron World Challenge. It's not a PGA Tour event, but it gives Woods his first win since the initial car accident.
March 11, 2012: He withdraws from the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship with a left Achilles ten don injury.
March 25, 2013: Woods regains the world No. 1 ranking after a string of five wins in less than a year. In May, he won The Players Championship, and he won his eighth Bridgestone Invitational in August.
Spring 2013: Woods begins dating skier Lindsey Vonn, just months after her own divorce.
Oct. 28, 2013: EA Sports announces the end of its 15-year run with Tiger Woods as the cover man, namesake and face of its golf game.
March 2, 2014: Woods withdraws from the final round of the Honda Classic, citing back pain. Two weeks later, he pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with the same back pain.
March 31, 2014: Woods undergoes back surgery to repair a pinched nerve. He announced the surgery a day later, as well as his plans to miss The Masters and return that summer.
May 3, 2015: Woods and Vonn announce the end of their relationship. Vonn later said their conflicting schedules with competition and Woods' children led to the split. In another interview, she expressed glee at not having to pretend to like golf anymore, and there were multiple reports that another woman spawned Woods and Vonn's split.
Aug 23, 2015: Woods finishes the season as the 257th-ranked golfer in the world after missing the cut in three consecutive majors.
Sept. 16, 2015: Woods undergoes a second back surgery and announces plans to return in "early 2016."
Oct. 28, 2015: Woods undergoes a follow-up procedure to the surgery in search of pain relief.
Dec. 1, 2015: Woods undergoes a third surgery on his back to remove bone around his pinched nerve. Woods says he has no idea when he'll return to competitive golf.
April 21, 2016: ESPN.com's Wright Thompson pens a story about Tiger Woods' obsession with Navy SEAL training and how it may have contributed to his ongoing health issues.
July 20, 2016: Woods announces he'll miss the PGA Championship while recovering from the December surgery, missing all four major championships for the first time in his career.
Dec. 4, 2016: Woods makes his return to the course at the Hero World Challenge after a year away from the game. He finishes at 4-under, 14 shots behind champion Hideki Matsuyama.
Feb. 3, 2017: Woods withdraws before the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic with back spasms but says it is not related to the previous surgeries or nerve issues.
April 20, 2017: Woods undergoes a fourth back surgery to lessen the pain in his left leg and back.
May 29, 2017: Woods is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.