As the girlfriend & # 39; normal & # 39; of Tiger Woods cured the flawed golf genius to achieve one of the greatest returns of the sport



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Disoriented and dejected, Tiger Woods in the police photo seemed destined to be as the world would remember him.

The former golf hero was found falling behind the wheel of his Mercedes on a highway in Florida on May 29, 2017.

    Tiger Woods had one of the greatest sports returns of all time and his girlfriend's normal & # 39; Erica Herman can be thankful

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Tiger Woods had one of the greatest sports returns of all time and his girlfriend's normal & # 39; Erica Herman can be thankful
    When Tiger and Erica first appeared, people labeled it the & # 39; prospector & # 39; and great partying & # 39;

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When Tiger and Erica first appeared, people labeled it the & # 39; prospector & # 39; and great partying & # 39;
    However, she has already helped recover from difficult times after being arrested for drunk driving.

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However, she has already helped recover from difficult times after being arrested for drunk driving.

The engine was running, two tires were blown and five different drugs were racing through his veins.

One of the sport's greatest icons had become a shipwrecked disaster. His career, derailed by disabling injuries and a series of issues, seemed to be over.

However, only 674 days later, in an incredible turnaround, he ended his 11-year drought to win his fifth Masters, the 15th time he had won the big-four tournaments in the game.

The chants of "Tiger Tiger" as he led to Augusta's 18th green on Sunday was the sound of redemption.

And the celebrated father's bursting celebration embracing his ten-year-old son, Charlie, was a world away from that harrowing picture.

He also had wonderful echoes of Tiger portrayed embracing his beloved father Earl after winning in Augusta in 1997 – his first Major.

"I COME TO THE COMPLETE CIRCLE"

On Sunday, Tiger was also embraced by the three women in his life – Thai mother Kultida, 75, daughter Sam, 11, and girlfriend Erica Herman, 33.

Along with young Charlie, they are the Tiger team, and are credited with their incredible turnaround in fortunes.

Donald Trump said yesterday that the big game of golf is right in the line of a Presidential Medal of Freedom – one of the greatest civilian honors in the United States.

Tiger, 43, said: "Looks like I made a full circle. I had serious doubts after what happened a few years ago.

"I could barely walk. I could not sit down, could not lie down. I really could not do much.

"That's just unreal. This has meant so much to me and my family, this tournament, and having everyone here is something I will never forget.

"I think kids are starting to understand how much this game means to me. . . For them to see what it's like to have their dad win a big league, I hope it's something they'll never forget. "

Tiger walked from green and straight into the loving arms of Erica, his two-year-old girlfriend.

This has meant so much to me and my family, this tournament, and having everyone here is something I will never forget.

Tiger Woods

Last year, Wally Goodwin, a former Tiger technician at Stanford University, Calif., Said there was "new calm" about Tiger and suggested that Erica was the reason.

He added, "Something has changed fundamentally. There is a difference in the way he walks and takes.

"If this new Tiger girl comes from a rather humble environment and is on the ground, I think he'll be responding well."

Tiger's return to victories certainly coincided with Erica's downfall after she became general manager of his pop-up restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, in February 2017.

A friend said at the time, "Tiger had such a turbulent year, with his problems with the police and with back surgery, but Erica stayed with him all the way.

"They get on incredibly well and she's not discouraged by her past problems with women."

Others were less kind, describing Erica as "a bulldozer of gold" and a "great participant." There were also allegations that she and Tiger became an item when he still dated fashion designer Kristin Smith, 34.

If this new Tiger girl comes from a rather humble environment and is on the ground, I believe he will be responding well.

Wally Goodwin

In October 2017, Erica's status as Tiger's partner became official when she wore a "player's spouse" badge in the President's Cup when Tiger was on the US team for the competition.

She was also at his side, two days later, in a Florida courtroom when he pleaded guilty to driving recklessly after being found stoned in the eye by painkillers.

And last year they were caught whispering "I love you" to each other after he won the PGA Tour championship.

Erica certainly looks more realistic than some of Tiger's previous blonde harem. She grew up in a modest rented bungalow in the town of Boynton Beach, Florida.

    This year he was able to celebrate again with his son Charlie

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This year he was able to celebrate again with his son Charlie
    The adorable photo with his son is reminiscent of what Tiger shows embracing his father Earl after winning his first Major

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The adorable photo with his son is reminiscent of what Tiger shows embracing his father Earl after winning his first Major

Her ex-neighbor said her late father Charlie was a drinker. His mother Arlene remarried and last year was said to be living in a "pretty nice" trailer. The neighbor remembers Erica as "a smart girl" who wanted to perfect herself.

Armed with a college degree, she entered the business. She planned to set up five nightclubs in Orlando with her boyfriend Jesse Newton and a third partner, borrowing £ 153,000.

But the deal failed and her investor successfully sued Erica for the money, plus more than £ 31,000 in fines, interest and costs.

She was ordered to pay the debt in installments of about £ 225 per week – to be deducted from the source of the money she earns to run the tiger's restaurant.

Judicial documents also reveal that in 2012 a bank sued her for £ 9,900, she borrowed to buy a BMW. In 2014, she and Newton received a notice of eviction after allegedly not having paid rent for two years.

And in December 2017, debt collectors filed another suit against Erica for thousands of dollars in goods purchased on credit to Florida clubs. The case was terminated after the debt agency could not find it.

Now she will be easy to spot – as the girlfriend of perhaps the greatest sportsman in the world.

THE DEATH OF THE FATHER SENT HIM SPIRALING

Tiger's twist is nothing short of extraordinary. One writer compared his return to "Muhammad Ali returning from three years in exile." Many believe that it was the death of his beloved father that toppled Tiger into the abyss in the first place.

Womanizing Earl – a former lieutenant colonel for Green Berets, who toured Vietnam twice – died of prostate cancer in May 2006 when Tiger was at the height of his powers. He spent hours on the course with Earl, becoming a golf prodigy at age three.

He said, "My father was my best friend and best role model."

After turning pro at age 20, Tiger became the highest-paid athlete in the world. He was the first black man to dominate golf, once a reserve of wealthy white men.

Between 1997 and 2008, he won 14 awards and accumulated £ 1.1 billion in cash prizes and endorsements.

However, after Earl's death, there followed a devastating crash – a lost decade in which Tiger's marriage went bankrupt and he was eventually treated for sex addiction.

In November 2009, his wife Elin Nordegren, the mother of his children, confronted him with a text he had sent to nightclub host Rachel Uchital saying, "You're the one I've ever loved."

Tiger had taken a sleeping pill, but after a fierce fight he sped off in his car. Still groggy, he hit a tree. It is said that Elin broke the rear windows of the SUV with a golf club.

A number of other women came up with sleazy stories of sleeping with Tiger. He admitted sleeping 120 women when he was treated at a sexual addiction clinic in Mississippi in 2010.

QUALITY OF LIFE & # 39;

All of his God-given talent and fame now meant nothing as his career collapsed and his lucrative sponsors abandoned him.

Meanwhile, disabling injuries would take him five years without a big win and a drop as low as 1,199 in the world rankings.

In homage to his late father, he became so obsessed with the US Navy Seals that he was taken into the wilderness to witness a simulated attack on an Afghan village.

He would also play the Call Of Duty video game for eight straight hours.

Once one of the greatest sportsmen in the world, he shockingly said, "The greatest thing that can happen is not being remembered."

However, during his dark days, those who know him well say that Tiger remained a father dedicated to Charlie and Sam, and even say he is in good relations with ex-wife Elin.

If Tiger looked mentally haunted, he too was cursed by physical problems. In April 2017, he underwent his fourth spinal surgery in less than three years. Six weeks after the operation, he was found dropped behind the wheel, donated to deal with the pain.

However, it was a turning point. He picked up his clubs and hit the course.

He said: "My last surgery was more about quality of life than back playing competitive golf again. I thought the best I could hope for was to walk again correctly, maybe play football with my kids. "

So in September of last year, when he won the PGA Tour in Atlanta, fans were clearly forgiven by him – as was the case in Augusta on Sunday.

The tiger roars once more.

    The team of tigers - Kultida, Charlie, Sam and Erika - were standing to support him when he returned to glory

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The team of tigers – Kultida, Charlie, Sam and Erika – were standing to support him when he returned to glory
    Now, in an incredible turnaround, he earned his fifth master's degree, returning to the chants of Tiger Tiger & # 39; - the sound of redemption

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Now, in an incredible turnaround, he earned his fifth master's degree, returning to the chants of Tiger Tiger & # 39; – the sound of redemption
Tiger Woods embraces girlfriend Erica Herman after Masters wins



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