Piers Morgan: From Porn Star Scandals, DUI Shame and Agonising Sports Oblivion – to Champion Again. Tiger Woods Just Showed the World’s Self-Pitying Snowflakes What It Takes to Tackle Life’s Curveballs

Ten months ago, Tiger Woods was ranked No 1,199 in golf’s world rankings.

He was playing so badly, he was nearer basketball star Steph Curry – ranked No 1,928th after entering just one pro golf tournament (and missing the cut) – than to the world No1, Dustin Johnson.

Tiger’s battered body was reeling from endless surgeries to his back and knee, leaving him in permanent debilitating agony.

He admitted: ‘I was thinking, this is how the rest of my life’s going to be? Then it’s going to be a tough rest of my life. I was beyond playing. I couldn’t sit. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t lay down without feeling the pain in my back and leg.’

Tiger’s private life was as disastrous as his career.

His marriage had collapsed amid a slew of scandals involving affairs with porn stars and prostitutes.

And in May, 2017, he was arrested in Florida for driving whilst under the influence of five drugs including Vicodin, Xanax and THC (which is found in marijuana).

He pled guilty to reckless driving and was sentenced to a year of probation.

So by November last year, it would be fair to say Tiger Woods had reached absolute rock bottom.

Nobody, it seemed, gave him a chance of ever being a golf champion again.

He was over, done, kaput.

Only, Tiger didn’t get the memo, or rather, he chose to ignore it and refused to admit he was beaten.

Instead, he battled on, to the amused scorn of many.

It made no sense to anyone but him.

Yesterday, gloriously, he won again – five years after his last professional victory, 17 months after his last (successful) spine fusion surgery and 16 months after his mug shot was paraded across the world’s newspaper front pages following his DUI arrest.

It was a wondrous moment of sporting triumph against all the odds, and a deliciously satisfying two-fingered salute to all those who’d buried him.

There’s a viral video doing the rounds on social media today that mashes up a load of Tiger’s most vociferous critics writing him off before his comeback glory.

It’s particularly savage because the critics themselves are so savage – they’re not just saying he’s finished, they’re gleefully jumping all over his golfing grave as they say it.

Now they’ve all had their hideously unpleasant and heartless diatribes shoved down their ugly little throats by a truly great champion.

As Tiger holed that final simple 6in putt to win last night, the vast crowd went nuts, TV ratings exploded, and he shed a tear as he embraced his girlfriend, restaurant manager Erica Herman – the woman who first appeared at his side when he appeared in court at his darkest time a year ago.

It was a moment to swell even the most cynical of hearts, a moment that showed why there is nothing more exciting or inspiring than live sport at its most heroic and unlikely.

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Source: Daily Mail