Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email His name was mentioned in the same breath as Muhammad Ali or Pele , as one of the greatest sportsmen ever. But now friends and fans alike are left fearing for Tiger Woods following his arrest for suspected drink or drug driving. His record in golf is astonishing - he has spent weeks as world number one, more than double his nearest rival.
In comparison, Nicklaus had to wait till he was 35 to win his 14th, and carried on winning them until he was 46, by which time he had 18 to his name. But just as Woods became the first billion dollar sportsman, his world fell apart and has never recovered. Read More Tiger Woods burst on to the scene but now at 41 his career seems dead in the water Image: Getty Tiger Woods' mugshot taken after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI The year-old's latest transgression came in the early hours of Monday when he was spotted by Florida police asleep at the wheel.
According to the police report, Woods failed a field sobriety test badly. Cops found he was unable to do the one-leg stand or the nose touch test. He was arrested and taken to a testing facility where he passed a breathalyser test suggesting he had no alcohol in his system. Getty Four drugs were listed under medical conditions: Soloxer, Vicodin, Torix and Viox. All medications are used for the treatment of pain associated with joint movement. Woods had undergone surgery on his back on April The reports added he had also had four left knee surgeries and four to his Achilles.
Since his arrest, which saw an immediate suspension of his driving licence, Woods was quick to say alcohol played no part his detainment. And, just has he has famously done in the past, he once again issued a grovelling apology to his family, friends and fans. With the claret jug trophy at St Andrews in Image: What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again. The rise and fall of golf legend Tiger Woods The apology echoed that given when his world began to come crashing down eight years ago.
After lifting 14 majors, including the British Open three times, to onlookers, Woods was the epitome of the American dream. He exploded onto the scene aged just 21 Image: Six years later he began winning tournaments, defying the racists who at times banned him from the same locker room as his opponents.
At the age of 21, he became the youngest ever winner of The Masters before going on to become the youngest ever to achieve the elusive career Grand Slam of all four major titles. With it came instant fame and fortune. He had married his long time girlfriend, Swedish model Elin Nordegren, in before going on to have a son and daughter.
Tiger with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren Image: Getty To everyone, including his wife, life could not have been better. But then it all began to fall apart, First his beloved father and mentor Earl died aged 74 in , after a heart attack. Then his squeaky clean image, so beloved by sponsors, was completely blown out of the water. Woods had been hiding a dark secret. For years he had been in indulging in extramarital affairs while taking part in wild sexcapades with porn stars.
The turning point came when on November 25, , it was revealed Woods has been having a long-term relationship with his mistress, New York City nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel. It led to an avalanche of other women coming forward claiming they, too, had had sex with the golfer. He had become embroiled in a heated argument with wife Elin when she confronted him over his cheating, before she lashed out scratching his face.
The golfer had a long-term relationship with Rachel Uchitel Image: Reuters Chased by his golf-club wielding wife, he fled in his Cadillac Escalade SUV but in his haste smashed into a fire hydrant and a tree.
Pictures from the scene showed the battered vehicle with a window smashed by the seven iron Elin had picked up. She later told police he had been drinking before the accident and that she dragged him out of the Escalade at 2.
However, his pain had only just begun as more allegations emerged. It came as lingerie model Jamie Jungers, 34, confirmed she too had a two-year relationship with the sportsman after meeting in Las Vegas in Speaking of her affair, she said: I had a lot of feelings towards him.
Jamie Jungers also had a two-year relationship with the star Image: Getty Jungers adamantly denied Woods ever paid her for sex and insisted: There will always be a place in my heart for Tiger. In was followed in February by Woods making a famous televised statement saying he had been in a day therapy program since the end of December. In the two years after he failed to win a tournament having previously lifted 79 in total.
The following year Woods missed his beloved Masters after undergoing his first back surgery which would lead to him falling out of the Top in the World Golf Rankings for the first time since , when he was 20 years old.
Lindsey Vonn and Tiger split amid rumours of cheating Image: Getty While away from the course he managed to find love again with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, but the couple split two years ago amid rumours he had been found cheating again. And much like his personal life, his career continued to slide dropping out of the Top in the World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career in May last year.
It came as a result of missing all four major championships for the first time in his professional sporting life, due to his back injuries. But just before his arrest, Woods was upbeat about his future despite that recent back surgery and not having played since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on February 3.
Woods had vowed to return to the game saying: Rise - PGA Rookie of the year. Signs sponsorship deals with Nike and Titleist. Tiger gets a hug from his dad on the course Image: At 24 becomes youngest golfer to achieve the career grand slam after adding US Open and The Open majors that year. His sucsess was phenomenal Image: Reuters - Regains world number one spot. Wins Masters second year running and The Open.
Becomes ambassador for Gillette. Fall - Woods' extramarital affairs come to light with as many as a dozen women coming forward claiming they had slept with the world number one. Woods crashed into a fire hydrant and suffered minor facial lacerations.
Takes indefinite break from golf. Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now - Makes televised statement apologising for his actions and reveals he's been in a day therapy program. Woods and Elin Nordegren divorce. Loses world number one status. Dropped by sponsors Gillette. Forced to withdraw from Players Championship with neck injury. Falls to 23rd in the world. Suffers knee and Achilles problems. Struggling on the course Image: Getty - Despite a good season, Woods is plagued by back problems and competes in just nine events.
Drops to 32 in world. Misses first Masters tournament since Splits with swing coach Sean Foley. Drops to world. Splits up with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn. Claimed he had "no timetable to return to competitive golf". Missed all four majors for first time in career. Is arrested for drink driving.