Tiger Woods won the Chevron World Challenge today, beating Zach Johnson by one shot. Seems fitting that he reigned victorious, as he was the host of the tournament that benefits his foundation. His win has been a longtime coming, a little over two years now, and his first since the infamous cheating scandal that broke over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2009. It’s the return of the Tiger!
He won the Australian Masters on November 15, 2009, but just 12 days later he crashed his Escalade into a fire hydrant and then hit a tree in front of his neighbor’s house. Prior to the crash he and his then wife Elin Nordegren were arguing about the National Enquirer reveal of his philandering ways with Rachel Uchitel. More revelations of infidelity came to light, with several of his alleged mistresses coming forward with their own tales of affairs with the golf great. Eventually he and Elin divorced. Over the last two years Tiger was plagued by injuries, changed his swing coach, and even split from his longtime caddy Steve Williams, replacing him with Joe LaCava. He lost several endorsement deals following the scandal, where Accenture, AT&T and PepsiCo parted ways with the soon to be 36-year-old.
Going into today’s play, he was one stroke behind former Masters champion Zach Johnson. He shot a 69 in today’s final round, with Woods taking a 2 shot lead over Johnson after the 11th hole but with a bogey at the 12th and a birdie for Johnson, that left the two tied for the lead until the 16th hole, where Johnson took a one shot lead. At the 17th, Woods sank a birdie putt that left them tied. At the 18th hole, Johnson missed his birdie attempt at 15 feet back, while Woods sank a six foot putt for the win.
His win today now ranks him No. 21 in the world, previously at No. 52.