Since the late-1990s, you couldn't discuss professional golf without Tiger Woods being mentioned. Despite his personal controversies, Woods will likely go down as the greatest golfer of all time. Since 1998, Woods has spent over 12 years as the top ranked golfer in the PGA. He is on the verge of being the winningest golfer in both the PGA and European Tours and is 4 wins from tying Jack Nicklaus' record for most career Major Championships.
Woods has held the number one position in the world rankings for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record ten times, the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times, and has the record of leading the money list in nine different seasons.
On December 11, 2009, Woods announced he would take an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage after he admitted infidelity. His multiple infidelities were revealed by over a dozen women, through many worldwide media sources. Woods returned to competition for the 2010 Masters on April 8, 2010, after a break lasting 20 weeks.
In July 2010, Forbes announced Tiger Woods as the richest sportsman in the world, earning a reported $105m according to them and $90.5m according to Sports Illustrated.
On October 31, 2010, Woods lost the world number 1 ranking to Lee Westwood.