Tiger Woods was seen as a breath of fresh air when he joined the PGA Tour after his stellar career as an amateur and college golfer.
Woods was well known to all golf fans and was quite celebrated before turning pro. The bright lights were on him in 1996 when he started earning money on the pro tour.
As he became a phenom, Woods became a polarizing figure. Would he mount an assault on Jack Nicklaus' career record of 18 major tournaments won?
As he started to answer that question in the affirmative by piling up win after win, Woods became controversial.
He brought a lot of fans to the game, but there were many who looked at him as an outsider. Closet racists did not want to see Woods challenge many of the game's most notable records.
As the years went by, Woods asserted his greatness. However, his image was shattered in 2009 when his marriage infidelities surfaced (source: Time Magazine). It cost him his marriage and he became one of the most controversial athletes of all time.
While Woods is probably the most polarizing golfer, there have been a number of others throughout the history of the game.
Some of the names may be surprising.