By Shane Bacon & Jay Busbee | YahooSports
This time last year, Tiger Woods was just an incredible athlete that we didn’t know much about. After that regrettable morning the day after Thanksgiving 2009, things changed for the most famous golfer in the world, and here’s a list of all the big events that unfolded throughout the last year.
Nov. 25, 2009 — The National Inquirer leaks a story it had planned for a Dec. 7 issue that Tiger Woods had been cheating on his wife with a name we would became all too familiar with — Rachel Uchitel. We wrote, like most of us thought at the time, “make of this what you will.”
Nov. 27, 2009 — Just two days after news broke that Tiger may have been cheating, Woods crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant just outside his Isleworth home at 2:30 a.m., and his world was shaken up for good. Reports initially were that Tiger was in “serious condition” after the wreck, but were quickly pulled back. The fire hydrant and timing of the crash would come into question over the next few days, as well as a claim that wife Elin had done anything from smash his window out with a golf club to actually attack the golfer with it, knocking out teeth.
Nov. 29, 2009 — Tiger released a statement about the accident, admitting “This situation is my fault, and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again.” Tiger hinted in the release that his wife had helped him in the wreck and we should all respect the request for things to stay private.
Nov. 30, 2009 — Tiger announces he will not be attending the Chevron World Golf Challenge, a tournament that benefits his own charity, and says he will not be playing tournament golf for the rest of the season.
Dec. 1, 2009 — A new lady stepped forward, admitting she had an affair with Tiger Woods. Jaimee Grubbs said she slept with the golfer in 2007, and admitted to having a voicemail left by Tiger a week prior asking for Grubbs to delete information.
Also, the Florida Highway Patrol fines Tiger $164 for careless driving.
Dec. 2, 2009 — The voicemail that Grubbs claimed Tiger left is released by US Weekly. This is what Woods says — “Hey, it’s Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor. Can you please take your name off your phone? My wife went through my phone and may be calling you. So if you can, please take your name off that. Just have it as a number on the voicemail. You got to do this for me. Huge. Quickly. Bye.”
Within hours of the voicemail coming out, Camp Tiger released an apology from the golfer. He admitted, “I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves.”
Dec. 3, 2009 — Jesper Parnevik, the golfer that introduced Tiger to Elin, goes to town on Woods, admitting, “We probably thought he was a better guy than he is. I would probably need to apologize to [Elin] and hope she uses a driver next time instead of the 3-iron,” an obvious poke at the rumors that Elin had chased Tiger with a golf club the night of the accident.
Dec. 7, 2009 — A porn star named Holly Sampson is now the seventh lady to admit to having an affair withTiger Woods.
Dec. 8, 2009 — With word swirling that Elin had worked to renegotiate the prenuptial agreement, a story is broken that she purchased a $2 million home in Sweden, her home country.
Dec. 11, 2009 — Tiger releases another statement, this time on his website saying that he is taking an “indefinite leave” from the game of golf while he tries to repair his marriage.
Dec. 14, 2009 — Accenture becomes the first big sponsor to drop Tiger, admitting that Woods was “no longer the right representative” after the “circumstances of the last two weeks.”
Dec. 16, 2009 — People magazine breaks a story that Elin is planning on leaving Tiger, according to two unnamed sources the magazine talked with. The source said, “She’s made up her mind, there’s nothing to think about.”
Dec. 31, 2009 — AT&T becomes the second sponsor to cut ties with Tiger a day after the golfer turned 34.
Jan. 19, 2010 — Rumors swirl that Tiger is in a sex rehab facility in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Jan. 20, 2010 — Radar publishes a photo of a man that looks eerily similar to Woods near the sex treatment center in Mississippi.
Jan. 25, 2010 — A reporter by the name of Gerald Posner puts together a timeline of events and what he thinks really happened, that spread like wildfire across the Internet. Still no word from Tiger about what exactly happened two months prior.
Jan. 27, 2010 — The second most notable golfer in the world, Phil Mickelson, finally speaks on the Tiger situation, admitting, “The game of golf needs him to come back. I mean, it’s important for him to come back and be a part of the sport. But right now he’s got a lot more important things going on in his life.” Also, Lefty admits that he and Amy are “good friends” with both Tiger and Elin.
Jan. 29, 2010 — Tom Watson speaks on Tiger, letting the world know that what Tiger did to his family is “bad for our game” and “something he needs to get control of.”
Feb. 5, 2010 — Radar Online reports that Tiger had left the sex addiction facility in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Feb. 8, 2010 — Rumors swirl (mostly from TMZ) that Tiger might pick the Tavistock Cup, an unsanctioned PGA Tour event, as his return date for golf.
Feb. 11, 2010 — Mark O’Meara, longtime friend of Tiger, lets it be known that he hasn’t spoken to Tiger since the 2009 British Open, and that he “would have handled it differently myself,” if he had been in the position of Woods.
Feb. 12, 2010 — News breaks that Tiger bought a $2 million boat named Solitude to give to his wife Elin. It was later reported that the plans to buy the boat had been months in the making, well before the Thanksgiving night crash.
Feb. 17, 2010 — The Accenture Match Play kicks off without Woods in the field, a tournament he returned to in 2009 after a break from golf because of a knee surgery.
That same day, Tiger announces that he will speak for the first time publicly on Friday at TPC Sawgrass, but will not take any questions. The timing of the announcement has some questioning the motives of Woods, who was recently dropped by tournament host Accenture because of his transgressions.
Feb. 19, 2010 — At 11 a.m. on Friday, Woods approached a podium with a blazer and shirt on, admitting he was “deeply sorry” for what he did to his family, friends and fans.
Some of the highlights of his speech included a heartfelt apology to his wife Elin, a heated moment where Woods said that there had never been an episode of domestic violence in their household, and him saying that he would not be returning to golf anytime soon.
The speech had people on both sides of the fence, some saying they thought it was genuine and others saying felt it was robotic.
Feb. 23, 2010 — Tiger sends out a letter to parents of kids that attend the same school as his children, apologizing for bringing unwarranted attention to the school.
Feb. 26, 2010 — Gatorade drops Tiger as a spokesperson, but said it will continue to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.
Feb. 28, 2010 — Tiger returns home after attending a sex-addiction clinic and is said to be focusing on his fitness and his golf. The speculation for his return heat up.
March 3, 2010 — Steve Williams, Tiger’s caddie since 1999, told “60 Minutes” in New Zealand that “of course I’m mad at [Tiger],” the first person from his team to speak negatively of the golfer.
March 9, 2010 — Every tournament venue from this date until the Masters readies itself for a potential Tiger return.
March 11, 2010 — The Associated Press reports that Tiger will be back at Augusta National, although other reports suggest that Woods could be back sooner.
March 16, 2010 — In a statement to the press, Woods announces he will return to the Masters, stating, “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.”
March 21, 2010 — Woods grants brief interviews to ESPN and The Golf Channel.
April 5, 2010 — In his first press conference, Woods turned in an impressive performance, dealing with questions both serious and trivial.
April 8, 2010 — Nike debuts a creepy new commercial using the voice of Woods’ late father Earl.
April 15, 2010 — The first rumors surface about Woods’ marriage being over.
April 23, 2010 — Woods relaxes with a Nickelback show. Hey, takes all kinds.
April 30, 2010 — Signs that Woods’ comeback has hit a roadblock: He misses the cut at Quail Hollow.
May 4, 2010 — A book charges numerous coverups by law enforcement in the Woods accident.
May 11, 2010 — The hits keep on coming — Hank Haney resigns as Tiger’s swing coach.
June 20, 2010 — At the U.S. Open, it got ugly on the final day for Tiger. And no, he didn’t win.
July 21, 2010 — The British press has a go at Tiger, but has no more luck breaking him than their stateside brethren.
Aug. 12, 2010 — The scandal took a huge toll on Woods’ popularity, as his plummeting Q score demonstrated.
Aug. 23, 2010 — Attorneys announce that the Woods divorce is final.
Sept. 30, 2010 — Tiger’s “Tiger Slam” clubs sold for $57,000 at auction. Not a bad take. The club used to bash out the Escalade windows remains unaccounted for.
Oct. 21, 2010 — In dominating singles play at the Ryder Cup, Tiger reminded us that maybe he’s not completely washed up.
Oct. 21, 2010 — Hey, good news: Tiger gave us an amazing golf photo, plus the birth of Cigar Guy.
Oct. 31, 2010 — On Halloween, Woods’ reign at No. 1 in the world finally came to an expected end.
Nov. 10, 2010 — With misfire after misfire, Tiger Woods ends the 2010 season winless.
Nov. 16, 2010 — We got our first look at Tiger’s new $50 million bachelor pad, and oh, is it nice.
Nov. 18, 2010 — Woods participates in a rather bland interview on the Mike & Mike Show. We speculate on why that might be.
And there you have it. Tiger is no doubt pleased to close off the worst year in his professional life … storied though it was.