When America awoke the day after Thanksgiving 2009, Tiger Woods was front and center in the spotlight. The game's greatest player had been involved in a late-night car accident near his home, and speculation about extramarital affairs started to run rampant.
By mid-December, he put his professional golf career on hiatus and left many wondering if Woods would ever be a titan of the sport again. That question has been answered during the past two seasons, as he's earned seven PGA Tour wins and recently reclaimed the title of world's top-ranked player.
The path back to the mountaintop was arduous and included a winless 2010 season. He continued to muddle his way through the 2011 season, clearly lacking the trademark confidence that made him a routine champion.
Woods dropped to 15th in world rankings on June 6, 2011. It was his lowest placement on the list since 1997. And by November, he landed at No. 58.
During that 2011 season, he withdrew from the Players Championship with leg injuries and ultimately missed the U.S. Open and British Open. After parting ways with longtime caddy Steve Williams in July, Woods went on to miss the cut at the PGA Championship and failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.
His career-long winless streak reached 107 weeks. Although Tiger is destined to go down as one of golf's all-time greats, this dark chapter is part of his legacy.
Woods is still searching for his first major title since 2008.