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motivational spotlight of the week: Tiger Woods

CONTRIBUTOR: KENT SHEN, XCLEVATION

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Welcome to our motivational spotlight of the week feature, where each week, we will look at one professional athlete that has overcome a big injury and continued to perform at the highest level. We hope that these stories will help inspire you in your own recoveries to come back stronger than ever!

Our next feature will shine the spotlight on Tiger Woods, one of, if not the greatest golfer of all time.

BEFORE THE INJURY

You all know Big Cat. The definitive golfer of the 1990s and early 2000s, Woods took the sport by storm and unleashed a new edge on the game through his cold, calculated dominance. Prior to rupturing his ACL, Woods already had 13 majors under his belt and had already positioned himself as a part of the conversation as the greatest of all time.

THE INJURY                                                            

Woods didn’t even suffer the injury playing golf. He ruptured the ACL in his left knee running at home after the British Open in 2007. He surprisingly opted against surgery at first and decided to keep playing despite the tear.

POST INJURY

The crazy part about this is, Woods went on to win 5 out of his next 6 events after the ACL injury. He kept it going in the 2008 season, finishing second at the Masters before having arthroscopic knee surgery to clean out cartilage in his knee, taking a few weeks off to recover. He then went and won the US open, his most recent major victory, but at a great cost. The knee got worse, and on top of that, he also got a stress fracture in his left tibia from preparation for that US open. Woods finally opted for surgery on the ACL, ending his 2008 season.

The rest of the story is pretty well documented already, with injuries to his Achilles tendon and back contributing even further to an injury marred decade as the calendar flipped into the 2010s, as well as a ton of controversy in his personal life. Tiger came very close to retiring after multiple surgeries, before attempting a comeback for the 2018 season, and you probably have already heard about what happened this year. After a slow start to the year, Woods has played his best golf in a decade, finishing 6th at The Open Championship, and second at the PGA Championship before a thrilling, headline grabbing victory at the TOUR Championship to punctuate an incredible comeback. Woods looks the healthiest he’s been in a long time, and looks to continue his success next season as he seeks his first major win in over 10 years.