3 times Tiger Woods rose against the odds

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Tiger Woods was in a life threatening accident and has been hospitalised.
Tiger Woods was in a life threatening accident and has been hospitalised.
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He's had some tough times. 

If he's not dealing with left over scandals from his divorce, it's the multiple surgeries that have kept him away from the green. 

Tiger Woods (45) is now facing one of the biggest obstacles of his life after a single car crash left him seriously injured. 

Woods' Genesis GV80 crashed and rolled several times and it sustained "major damage" on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Woods was conscious and stable when he was removed from the car.

He didn't appear to be under the influence when he crashed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said. 

We look at some of obstacles he's faced along the way. 

THAT divorce scandal 

He seemed to have it all until one day he sped out of his Florida home and collided with a tree and fire hydrant, causing serious damage to the front of his SUV. 

He had not been drunk at the time but had taken prescription painkillers, according to reports. His wife was woken up by the crash and broke the car window with a golf club and pulled him from the car while a neighbour called 911. 

And within a few days, he was swimming in scandal after it was revealed that he had been cheating on his wife Elin Nordegren. She had kicked him out of the house at the time. 

He admitted to the affairs and the couple got divorced in August 2010. 

“I was unfaithful, I had affairs and I cheated. What I did was unacceptable," he said at the time. "I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends, my foundation and kids all around the world who admired me."

Read more: Woods tries to put focus back on golf | Drum (news24.com)

The DUI 

He laid low for a number of years making his way back to his champion status on the golf course, but it wasn't long before he was in the news for all the wrong reasons again.

This time for a DUI. He was arrested with five different drugs in his system in 2017, which included painkillers, sleep drugs and an ingredient active in marijuana, a toxicology report showed.

He had been trying to treat his back pain and insomnia, he said.

"I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance," he said. "I am continuing to work with my doctors, and they feel I've made significant progress."

He agreed to enter a diversion program after the arrest. 

Read more: Tiger Woods apologises for his DUI arrest | Drum (news24.com)

The numerous back issues 

Woods was in the middle of rehabilitation after undergoing his fifth back surgery of his career in January when the news of his life threatening car crash broke.

His first back surgery took place in March 2014. It resulted in him climbing down in the world rankings and sitting on the outside of the top 1,000. He went back to the operating table in 2015 and again in 2016 and 2017.

This led to Woods taking an 'indefinite break' from golf before making a return in 2019 and won Masters at Augusta - his 15th major title, and the first one for 11 years.

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