In May, on a rainy evening in Springdale, Ark., a 2009 black Cadillac Escalade with an infamous history headed south on Carlton Street.

A 1997 Chevrolet Blazer headed east on the perpendicular street, McCray Avenue, and both cars approached the intersection.

When the driver of the Escalade failed to yield the right of way, the vehicles collided, and it wasn’t the first accident involving the Escalade. That came about a decade earlier, when the SUV was driven by the most famous golfer on the planet.

Tiger Woods was behind the wheel of that 2009 Escalade on Nov. 27, 2009 when at about 2:30 a.m., outside his former mansion in Windermere, Fla., he collided with a row of hedges and hit a fire hydrant. The vehicle finally came to rest after hitting a tree.

Less than two days earlier, the National Enquirer published a story alleging that Woods was having an affair with Rachel Uchitel, then a New York nightclub hostess. The car accident and its murky circumstances — paramedics found Woods lying in the road, snoring and without shoes or socks — coincided with Woods’ personal crash.

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In this June 11, 2009 file photo, Elin Nordegren and then-husband Tiger Woods attend Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

A full-fledged sex scandal ensued, exposing years of infidelity and rocking Woods’ life.

He lost his wife.

He lost sponsorships.

He lost his dignity.

With 14 major championships at the time of the car accident, Woods, then 33, still looked like a solid bet to break Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record of 18 majors. But with medical problems developing during Woods’ personal scandal, it took more than a decade for him to win another major — the 2019 Masters, arguably the most meaningful of his career.



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