Tiger Woods: 5 Things We've Learned Since His Car Crash

Karla Villegas GamaFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2011

Tiger Woods: 5 Things We've Learned Since His Car Crash

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    It's been two years since Tiger Woods crashed his car into a tree in the exclusive gated community Isleworth.

    A lot was said, a lot was done, but Tiger and Elin are the only ones who know what happened.  What we do know is nothing has been the same for former No.1 Woods, whose life has changed both personally and professionally.

    Two years later, there's buzz around what happened, but what have we learned since the incident?

1. Nothing Lasts Forever

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    After 281 consecutive weeks as the best golfer in the world, Woods finally lost the top spot to Lee Westwood.

    The English claimed the first place after Woods struggled for 11 months, which included staying out of the limelight, checking himself into Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services and divorcing his wife. 

2. No One Is Indispensable

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    Change is the only constant and Woods has proven this to be right.

    No more IMG, no more Hank Haney and certainly no more Steve Williams.  Woods has gone through a lot of changes lately and few people seem to stick in his life.

    Adjustments and transformations are the only things he's done to regain the top status.

    Can he make it through with Excel Sports, Sean Foley and Joe LaCava?

3. Family Is a Must

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    We all know Tiger's father Earl was his role model and engine.  He taught his son virtually everything there was to know on and off the course, and when the incident took place, dad was not around.

    But Woods' mother Kultida has shown that, no matter what, she'll always be there to support her son. When Woods offered a public speech three months after the car crash, she was sitting in the first row.

    Tida has also made appearances at some tournaments, such as the 2011 Masters.

    Regarding Woods' children, he still has a close relationship with them.  At the AT&T he joked about Dora the Explorer: "That song is just brutal... the kids are actually now watching other cartoons, which is great, so I don’t have to listen to backpack all the time.”

4. People and Media Don't Forget

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    As soon as the scandal hit the news, media camped outside Isleworth in hopes of seeing Woods or his wife.  Little was known about Tiger's health and the way things happened, but it was just a matter of time before everything came into the public eye.

    Two years ago, almost everybody knew Woods was the best golfer in the world and one of the wealthiest. Now, ask anyone who he is and you'll probably get an answer related to the scandal.

5. There's a Lot of Talent out There

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    This may well be the best thing we've learned since 2009.  Not everything related to golf has to have the Tiger Woods label on it.

    We were aware of some of the talented players prior to Tiger's car crash, but with him struggling to get back on his feet, we've been able to focus more on some of those players.

    For instance, Rory McIlroy's impeccable performance at the U.S. Open; Luke Donald's dominance in the PGA and European Tour; Adam Scott's latest victory with Steve Williams on the bag; Keegan Bradley's titles in his rookie season—including the PGA Championship—and many more.