Once considered a model family man, that image of Tiger Woods has been replaced with a much different one.
Tiger Woods and family
On March 16, 2010, after undergoing two months of therapy and working on repairing his marriage, Tiger Woods announced he would make his return to golf at the Masters.
The start of his statement said, "The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta. The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it's been a while since I last played."
On Feb. 19, 2010 at TPC Sawgrass, Tiger Woods addressed a room of his closest associates and a few reporters -- and the millions of people watching the broadcast feed. He publicly admitted to cheating on his wife, who was not in attendance, apologized for his actions and promised to make amends. He also denied that Elin had ever hit him and implored the paparazzi leave his family alone.
Following his speech at TPC Sawgrass, Tiger Woods immediately went over to hug his mother, Kultida.
While endorsements and price money made Tiger Woods the world's first athlete to earn over a billion dollars in his career (before taxes), many of his sponsors decided to cut ties with him following the revelations about his extramarital affairs.
In the early hours of Nov. 27, 2009, Tiger Woods drove his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree near the entrance of his Florida home. His accident came after initial reports surfaced about an affair Woods was having. Since then, many more women have stepped forward claiming they also had affairs with Woods. In a message posted on his website, he apologized for his "transgressions" and announced he would be taking an "indefinite break" from the sport of golf.
On Nov. 21, 2009, Tiger Woods' family was on hand to watch him be inducted into Stanford University's Hall of Fame.