Tiger Woods chronology, 2009-2010

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Tiger Woods ended a five-month break from golf at the Masters, where he also held his first news conference since is scandal broke.
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Here is a recap of the noteworthy events in Tiger Woods’ life since Thanksgiving of 2009:

Nov. 25, 2009: The National Enquirer publishes a story alleging Woods had been seeing New York nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel, and that she was photographed at his hotel in Melbourne during the Australian Masters.

Nov. 27, 2009: The Florida Highway Patrol reports that Woods crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and a tree outside his Isleworth home in Windemere, Fla., at about 2:30 a.m. The report lists injuries as serious. Woods’ spokesman later posts a statement on his Web site that Woods had been treated and released from a hospital. Uchitel denies having an affair with Woods in an interview with The Associated Press.

Nov. 28, 2009: State troopers are on their way to meet with Woods at his house until his agent calls them and asks that they wait another day to speak to him.

Nov. 29, 2009: Woods again declines to speak to troopers, instead issuing a statement on his website in which he says the situation is his fault “and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect.” The patrol releases the 911 tape from a neighbor, who says Woods is lying in the street and that he is unconscious.

Nov. 30, 2009: Woods withdraws from his tournament, the Chevron World Challenge, in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Dec. 1, 2009: Us Weekly magazine says it has a cover story in which Jaimee Grubbs, a 31-year-old cocktail waitress, says she had an affair with Woods that lasted 31 months, and she had 300 text messages to prove it. The Florida Highway Patrol wraps up its investigation and says Woods has been cited for careless driving and will have to pay a $164 fine.

Dec. 2, 2009: Us Weekly releases a voice mail that Grubbs says Woods left on her phone three days before his accident. It suggests his wife, Elin, may be calling her. Three hours later, Woods issues another statement on his Web site that says, “I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.” He also says stories that physical violence led to the accident were “utterly false.” In its final report, the Florida Highway Patrol said Woods caused $3,200 in property damage with his accident, and damage to his SUV was estimated at $8,000.

Dec. 3, 2009: Famed LA attorney Gloria Allred, representing Rachel Uchitel, abruptly cancels a news conference. Jesper Parnevik, who once employed Woods’ wife as a nanny, tells Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, “I have lost all respect for him, primarily as a man and a father. … He is not the one we thought he was.”

Dec. 5, 2009: “Saturday Night Live” performs the first of many spoofs’ on Woods’ sex scandal.

Dec. 8, 2009: Woods’ mother-in-law, Barbro Holmberg, collapses in his home and is rushed to the hospital with stomach pains. She was released about 11 hours later.

Dec. 9, 2009: Gatorade says it is discontinuing the “Tiger Focus” drink, a decision it made before the accident. Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., says he is dropping efforts to honor Woods with a Congressional Gold Medal.

Dec. 11, 2009: Woods announces on his Web site that he is taking an “indefinite break” from golf to work on his marriage, confessing to “infidelity” for the first time. None of his corporate sponsors say they are leaving him, although Accenture no longer has Woods’ image on the home page of its Web site.

Dec. 12, 2009: Gillette says it won’t feature Woods in its marketing campaign while he takes time off to repair his personal life. A Swedish real estate agent confirms that Elin Woods has closed on a six-bedroom house on a small island near Stockholm accessible only by boat.

Dec. 13, 2009: Accenture becomes the first sponsor to cut its ties to Woods, saying he is “no longer the right representative.”

Dec. 14, 2009: Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer says it will spend the next few weeks assessing its relationship with Woods. Pictures surface on various Web sites of Woods’ wife pumping gas. She is not wearing a wedding ring.

Dec. 15, 2009: The New York Times reports that Woods is linked to a Canadian doctor under investigation for providing athletes with performance-enhancing drugs. The report says Dr. Anthony Galea visited Woods’ home four times in February and March to provide “blood spinning,” which helps speed recovery from surgery.

Dec. 16, 2009: Woods is voted Athlete of the Decade by members of The Associated Press, receiving 56 of the 142 votes cast since November. More than half of the ballots were returned after his Nov. 27 accident. He beats out Lance Armstrong, who had 33 votes, and Roger Federer, who had 25 votes.

Dec. 17, 2009: PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem speaks for the first time as he tries to dispel the “gloom and doom” outlook of golf without Woods, while conceding that “no sport would be at the same level without its No. 1 player.” Woods is voted player of the year by the Golf Writers Association of America.

Dec. 18, 2009: The lawyer for Dr. Anthony Galea says Woods is in no way linked to criminal charges brought against the Canadian doctor. Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer says it will not use Woods’ image in U.S. advertising campaigns for the foreseeable future. The PGA Tour announces that players have voted Woods player of the year.

Dec. 31, 2009: AT&T becomes the second sponsor to sever its ties with Tiger Woods. It will continue to sponsor the AT&T National, but Woods no longer will be the tournament host. Woods enters therapy for what he later describes as the “issues I’m facing.”

Jan. 8, 2010: In a conference call with golf writers, Jack Nicklaus says if Woods is going to pass his record for 18 majors, “this is a big year for him in that regard” because the major venues include Augusta National, Pebble Beach and St. Andrews.

Jan. 20, 2010: The National Enquirer says it has the first photo of Woods since the accident, and the image raises little argument that it’s not him. A celebrity Web site posts eight photos from the Enquirer that show Woods in white shorts and a dark hooded sweat shirt outside the Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services building in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Feb. 11, 2010: Woods leaves inpatient therapy after 45 days and returns to his Isleworth home.

Feb. 17, 2010: IMG agent Mark Steinberg says Woods will speak publicly for the first time since the accident on Feb. 19 at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse. Ernie Els is angry that Woods chose to speak during the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship -- Accenture being the first sponsor to drop him -- and says the timing is “selfish.” Getty Images releases photos of Woods and a friend jogging in his Isleworth neighborhood.

Feb. 19, 2010: In a 13 1/2-minute statement televised to a worldwide audience, Woods apologizes again for cheating on his wife without revealing the scope of his infidelity or when he will return to golf. “I have made you question who I am and how I could have done the things I did,” he says to a room of 40 associates, including his mother and top employees. His wife, Elin, is not in the room.

Feb. 20, 2010: Woods leaves home for family counseling in Arizona.

Feb. 26, 2010: Gatorade says it has ended its endorsement relationship with Woods. “We no longer see a role for Tiger in our marketing efforts,” a spokesman says. The company says it will continue its relationship with the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Feb. 27, 2010: Woods returns home from family therapy in Arizona.

March 3, 2010: Woods’ caddie, Steve Williams, says in a New Zealand television interview that he was angry to learn of Woods’ extramarital affairs, but that he remains at Woods’ side. “Tiger’s one of my closest friends and he needs my support right now and I’d never think of walking away,” Williams says. Jack Nicklaus, playing in the Honda Classic pro-am, says he would be “very surprised” if Woods did not play in the Masters, and compete somewhere before Augusta National.

March 11, 2010: The AP reports that Woods will not return until the Masters.

March 16, 2010: Woods announces he will end four months of seclusion and play at Augusta National. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.”

March 18, 2010: A former porn actress releases sexually graphic text messages on her website that she says came from Woods and prove her affair with him.

March 21, 2010: Woods gives his first two interviews, to ESPN and The Golf Channel, both about five minutes. “A lot of ugly things have happened. … I’ve done some pretty bad things in my life,” he said. He refused to discuss what happened on Nov. 27, saying it was all in the police report. He also said he would not discuss his private life.

March 22-23, 2010: Woods spends two days practicing at Augusta National.

March 24, 2010: Augusta National says Woods will hold a news conference on April 5, the Monday of Masters week.

April 5, 2010: In his first news conference, Woods says he has done things that are “just horrible.” He also reveals he tore an Achilles tendon before returning from knee surgery in 2009, and that he would try to tone down his temper.

April 8, 2010: In his first competition in nearly five months, Woods opens with a 68 at the Masters. It’s the first time he has broken 70 in the first round at Augusta National.

April 11, 2010: Woods is wild early to fall out of the hunt. He closes with a 69 at the Masters and ties for fourth.

April 30, 2010: Woods shoots 79 in the Quail Hollow Championship. He misses the cut for only the sixth time in his career, and his 9-over 153 is the highest 36-hole score of his career.

May 9, 2010: Woods withdraws on the seventh hole from the final round of The Players Championship, saying he fears he might have a bulging disk in his neck.

May 10, 2010: Hank Haney says he is no longer Woods’ swing coach after six years.

June 15, 2010: When a British reporter asked Woods the state of his marriage, he barks back, “That’s none of your business.”

June 19, 2010: Woods shoots 66 -- including a 31 on the back nine -- to get into the second-to-last group in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

June 20, 2010: Woods bogeys five of the opening 10 holes to take himself out of contention. He ties for fourth.

July 4, 2010: For the first time in 11 years, Woods fails to break par in any round of a PGA Tour event. He ties for 46th at the AT&T National, where he was the defending champion.

July 15, 2010: The two-time defending champion at St. Andrews, Woods changes putters for the first time in 12 years. He opens with a 67 in calm conditions four shots behind.

July 18, 2010: For the first time since 1995, Woods is not the Open champion at St. Andrews. Louis Ooshuizen wins by seven shots. Woods finishes 13 shots behind in a tie for 23rd.

Aug. 8, 2010: Instead of going for his eighth victory at Firestone, Woods only beats one player in the field at the Bridgestone Invitational. He posts the highest 72-hole score of his career (298) to finish in a tie for 78th.

Aug. 10, 2010: Woods asks Sean Foley to look at his swing and videotape it during a practice round for the PGA Championship.

Aug. 15, 2010: Woods ties for 28th at the PGA Championship and fails to qualify for the Ryder Cup team.

Aug. 23, 2010: Woods and Elin Nordegren meet in a Panama City, Fla., courtroom where they are officially divorced.

Aug. 25, 2010: People magazine releases a cover story on Nordegren in the only interview she said she would do.

Aug. 26, 2010: In his first round since the divorce, Woods opens with a 65 and shares the 18-hole lead at The Barclays. It’s the only time all year his name is atop the leaderboard after any round.

Sept. 7, 2010: Corey Pavin announces that Woods is one of his four captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup.

Sept. 12, 2010: Woods closes with a 70 at the BMW Championship at Cog Hill and ties for 15th. For the first time in his PGA Tour career, he fails to qualify for the Tour Championship.

Oct. 4, 2010: Woods plays the final seven holes in 7 under par to win his singles match against Francesco Molinari in the Ryder Cup. He finishes the week with a 3-1-0 record, his best ever, although the Americans lose to Europe.

Oct. 31, 2010: Lee Westwood rises to No. 1 in the world, ending Woods’ record 281 consecutive weeks at the top.

Nov. 7, 2010: Woods shoots 68 and ties for sixth, 12 shots behind Francesco Molinari, in the HSBC Champions. That officially ends Woods’ streak at 14 consecutive years with at least one PGA Tour victory.

Nov. 14, 2010: Woods makes two eagles on the final four holes for a 65 to match his best score of the year. He finishes alone in fourth at the Australian Masters, and for the first time in his pro career, goes an entire calendar year without winning.

Nov. 17, 2010: Woods posts his first tweet -- “What’s up everyone. Finally decided to try out twitter!” Within 12 hours, he picks up more than 80,000 followers.

Nov. 18, 2010: Woods is a guest on “Mike & Mike in the Morning” on ESPN Radio.


Comments

hubertchevre

Sad year for Tiger ! But i'm sure he'll be back at the top in 2011 !!