He’s Back…


Tiger Woods looks on during the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in 2008. (Photo by Donald Miralle for GolfWorld/Golf Digest)

“The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta,”  Woods said in a statement Tuesday that he will make his comeback at Augusta, ending a four-month hiatus brought on by a highly publicized sex scandal. I’m sure PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, the Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Billy Payne, as well as Nike, ESPN and CBS executives are all putting their glasses up after Tiger announced his return. Hell, I’m raising my glass because golf is just a boring sport to shoot when Tiger is not around. Not only is the Masters the most viewed golf tournament in the world, but also with the Tiger Media circus full frenzy the ratings will be off the charts. The PGA needs Tiger probably as much as Tiger needs to play golf. And even though there are still Tigre-haters out there, and many of his fans as well as his sponsors have hid in embarrassment for his “indiscretions”, he is the best thing for the sport. The bottom line is Tiger Woods is the number one golf player in the world, and quite possibly the best player the game has ever seen, and that’s how he should be viewed. We live in a world where athletes are placed on unrealistic pedestals of being icons, heroes, and role models. Unfortunately, we forget they are human just like us and their fall from grace is just as fast. I am not saying what he did was justifiable even if you are a sex addict, but the media and tabloid frenzy that ensued was as despicable and deplorable as the infidelities he committed in my opinion. It’s time to move forward, let the family heal privately and you can scrutinize his public game as much as possible. As Tiger said in his public statement “What I did is not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame…I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again.” I think people will start to make room for him come April in Augusta…

Tiger Woods tees off the 17th hole en route to missing the cut on the second day of the 138th British Open Championship at Turnberry Golf Course in Scotland. (Photo by Donald Miralle)

I am assigned to shoot the Masters next month for Gold World/Golf Digest, which I am very excited to do with their great staff. It will be a media circus out there for sure, but it will hopefully add to what I think is the greatest golf course and tournament ever. Tiger Woods is probably the athlete I’ve photographed the most in my career (Michael Phelps a distant second) so I spent most the day going through archives looking for my favorite shots from the past 13 years. Here’s a little gallery of Tiger photos chronicling most of his career to preview what we have in store next month…enjoy!

Tiger Woods follows his shot  during The Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Course on June 6, 1999 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Allsport)

Tiger Woods celebrates his shot on the 14th hole during The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Course on June 6, 1999 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Allsport)

Tiger Woods tees off during The Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Course on June 6, 1999 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by: Donald Miralle/Allsport)

Tiger Woods tees off as the gallery stands above him during the Nissan Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California on February 20, 1999. (Mandatory Credit: Donald Miralle /Allsport)

Tiger Woods hits out of the rough during the World Golf Championships in Akron, Ohio 1999. (Mandatory Credit: Donald Miralle /Allsport)

Tiger Woods reacts to the putts on the 18th hole to go to playoffs during the PGA Championship, part of the PGA Tour at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.Mandatory Credit: Donald Miralle /Allsport

Tiger Woods smiles while holding the Wanamaker Trophy August 20, 2000 after winning the PGA Championship over Bob May in a three-hole playoff at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Woods birdied the last two holes in regulation, becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in one year. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Allsport)

Tiger Woods walks on after his ball during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AM at the Poppyhills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California on February 1, 2001. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Allsport)

World #1 and #2 David Duval and Tiger Woods have a laugh during the third round of the Verizon Byron Nelson Classic at the TPC at Las Colinas at Cottonwood Valley CC in Irving, Texas on May 11, 2002.  (Photo By Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods wins the 102nd US Open on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York on June 16, 2002.  (Photo By Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods kisses the trophy after winning the 102nd US Open on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York on June 16, 2002.  (Photo By Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods smiles during the Mercedes Championships at Kapalua Plantation Course on 2002 in Maui, Hawaii.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods prepares to line up a putt on the 4th green as a parasailer comes in for a closer look during the 2nd round at the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines Golf Course on February 14, 2003 in La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

My Wheaties box of Tiger Woods (circ. 2003)

Tiger Woods poses with the Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Byron Nelson Award Trophies all of which he won during the PGA Awards Ceremony for 2002 at the Torrey Hilton on February 12, 2003 in San Diego, California. The Jack Nicklaus Trophy is for Player of the Year, The Arnold Palmer Trophy is for Highest in PGA Winnings, and the Byron Nelson Award is given to the Lowest Scoring Totals for the PGA Year.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods’ fiance, walks the course during the 2nd round of the Mercedes Championships on January 9, 2004 at the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods tees off the 6th hole during the final round of the Players Championships at the TPC at Sawgrass on March 28, 2004 in Ponte Vedra, Florida. (Photo By Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods putts on the 17th green amidst a large gallery during the third round of the Players Championships at the TPC at Sawgrass on March 27, 2004 in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Scott leads the field at 10 under par. (Photo By: Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

USA team player Tiger Woods blasts out from a bunker on the 11th hole during the final practice day for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September, 16 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

USA team member Phil Mickelson hugs teammate Tiger Woods during the Opening Ceremonies for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September 16, 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan.. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods stretches during the 3rd round of the WGC- Accenture Match Play Championship at the La Costa Resort and Spa on February 27, 2004 in Carlsbad, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods follows his shot during the Mercedes Championships 2004 Plantation Course in Maui, Hawaii.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods tees off during the first round of the 23rd PGA Grand Slam of Golf on November 22, 2005 at Poipu Bay Golf Course in Kauai, Hawaii.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods reacts to a birdie putt en route to his 6th victory at the 23rd PGA Grand Slam of Golf on November 23, 2005 at Poipu Bay Golf Course in Kauai, Hawaii. Woods finished with a 13-under par and a seven stroke lead over Phil Mickelson.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods tees off on the practice range during fog-delayed 3rd Round for the Buick Invitational on January 22, 2005 atTorrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods tees off the 13th hole en route to his victory in the final round of the Buick Invitational on January 23, 2005 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods tees off the ball during the 3rd Round for the Buick Invitational on January 23, 2005 atTorrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California.

Tiger Woods reacts to a birdie putt on the 6th hole en route to his victory in the final round of the Buick Invitational on January 23, 2005 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods smiles on the 9th hole during a fog delay, en route to his victory in the final round of the Buick Invitational on January 23, 2005 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods hits in heavy fogin the final round of the Buick Invitational on January 23, 2005 atTorrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods yells after a bad tee off the 12th hole during the final round of the Buick Invitational on January 23, 2005 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods hits out of the rough during the 3rd Round of the Buick Invitational on January 28, 2006 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods looks on during his sudden death victory over Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain in the final round of the Buick Invitational January 29, 2006 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

An image of Tiger Woods is seen on the side of a trailer beyond the gallery during the final round of the Buick Invitational January 29, 2006 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods hits out of the Bunker on the 17th hole during the 2nd Round of The Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2006 in Augusta, Georgia. 

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson look up as they walk down the sixth fairway during the first round of the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club on August 17, 2006 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods reacts to a missed chip shot on the second hole during the final round of the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club on August 20, 2006 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods and his caddie Steve Williams walk up the 18th fairway en route to winning the 2006 PGA Championship with a score of 18 under at Medinah Country Club on August 20, 2006 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods stands on the 18th green and acknowledges the crowd after winning the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club on August 20, 2006 in Medinah, Illinois.  Woods won with the score of 18 under par.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods holds the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club on August 20, 2006 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods of USA compares wedges with team mate Phil Mickelson on the 3rd hole during the second official practice day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 20, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Caddy Steve Williams tries to retrieve Tiger Woods’ 9 iron after dropping it in the water by the 7th green during his singles match against Robert Karlsson of Europe on the final day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 24, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods of USA crosses a bridge on the 14th hole with caddy Steve Williams during his singles match against Robert Karlsson of Europe on the final day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 24, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods of USA reacts to an approach shot during his singles match against Robert Karlsson of Europe on the final day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 24, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods of USA exits the course with wife Elin after Europe win the Ryder Cup by a score of 18 – 9 on the final day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 24, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods smiles during the final round of the Buick Invitational January 28, 2007 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California. Woods won the tournament with a 15-under par after the final round.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) 

Tiger Woods reacts to a missed eagle putt on the 13th green during the final round of the Buick Invitational January 28, 2007 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California. Woods won the tournament with a 15-under par after the final round.  (Photo By Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the 12th hole during the first round of the 107th U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club on June 14, 2007 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods hits a shot out of the church pew bunkers during the second round of the 107th U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club on June 15, 2007 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the 17th hole during the final round of the 107th U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club on June 17, 2007 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) 

Tiger Woods tees off the fourth hole during the first round of the Buick Invitational at the Torrey Pines Golf Course January 24, 2008 in La Jolla, California. Woods was 5 under par for the day. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods places his ball on the green during the first round of the Buick Invitational at the Torrey Pines Golf Course January 24, 2008 in La Jolla, California. Woods was 5 under par for the day.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods reacts to a missed birdie putt on the 16th hole during the third round of the Buick Invitational on January 26, 2008 at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in  La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods walks through the gallery during the third round of the Buick Invitational on January 26, 2008 at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in  La Jolla, California.   (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods tees off the 4th hole during the final round of the Buick Invitational on January 27, 2008 at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in  La Jolla, California.  Woods won by a 8-stroke lead with a 19-under par for the tournament.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods reacts to a birdie putt on 11th green during the final round of the Buick Invitational on January 27, 2008 at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in  La Jolla, California.  Woods won by a 8 stroke lead with a 19 under par for the tournament.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) 

Tiger Woods hits out of the rough in the gallery on the 9th hole as caddie Steve Williams looks on during the final round of the Buick Invitational on January 27, 2008 at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in  La Jolla, California.  Woods won by a 8-stroke lead with a 19-under par for the tournament.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) 

Tiger Woods tees off the 6th hole during the final round of the Buick Invitational on January 27, 2008 at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in  La Jolla, California.  Woods won by a 8-stroke lead with a 19-under par for the tournament.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods hits his 2nd shot out of the green bunker on the 4th hole during a the final round of the 2008 Masters on April 13, 2008 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Donald Miralle for GolfWorld/Golf Digest)

Tiger Woods tees off during a the final round of the 2008 Masters on April 13, 2008 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Donald Miralle)

Tiger Woods hits out of the bunker during a the final round of the 2008 Masters on April 13, 2008 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Donald Miralle)

Tiger Woods holds his head in his hands on the fairway of the 12th hole during a the final round of the 2008 Masters on April 13, 2008 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Donald Miralle) 

Tiger Woods throws his hat and club reacting to a missed birdie putt on the 5th hole by throwing down his putter and hat during a the final round of the 2008 Masters on April 13, 2008 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Donald Miralle)

Tiger Woods hits his 2nd shot out of the rough in trees as Caddie Steve Williams watches on the 13th fairway during a the final round of the 2008 Masters on April 13, 2008 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Donald Miralle)

The opening spread in GolfWorld Masters issue of the same frame…

My EA sports jacket cover.

Tiger Woods walks past Phil Mickelson on the tenth tee during the second round of the 108th U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 13, 2008 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods looks on from a bunker on the 12th green during the second round of the 108th U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 13, 2008 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the 108th U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 15, 2008 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods celebrates with caddie Steve Williams after holing out from the rough for birdie on the 17th hole during the third round of the 108th U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 14, 2008 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods reacts to his birdie putt on the 18th green to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate during the final round of the 108th U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 15, 2008 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods tees off the 12th hole en route to his 3 & 2 victory over Brendan Jones during the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championships at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain on February 25, 2009 in Manana, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) 

Tiger Woods walks on a bridge en route to missing the cut on the second day of the 138th British Open Championship at Turnberry Golf Course in south west Scotland, on July 17, 2009. (Photo by Donald Miralle)

Tiger Woods tees off in the gallery en route to missing the cut on the second day of the 138th British Open Championship at Turnberry Golf Course in south west Scotland, on July 17, 2009. (Photo by Donald Miralle)

Tiger Woods hits off the 17th fairway en route to missing the cut on the second day of the 138th British Open Championship at Turnberry Golf Course in south west Scotland, on July 17, 2009. (Photo by Donald Miralle)

Tiger Woods tips his hat after putting out on the 18th green after missing the cut on the second day of the 138th British Open Championship at Turnberry Golf Course in south west Scotland, on July 17, 2009. (Photo by Donald Miralle)

Comments

  1. Danny Inskeep says:

    Great Tiger collection!

  2. Brian Boone says:

    Sensational collection of Tiger photos. What a dream job you have. Let me know if you need a caddy some day!

  3. Uauu!! nice photos i love backligthing golf pics.

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