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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Analysis: We chart Tiger Woods' nightmare 12 months after US Open implosion

Tiger Woods reacts to his tee shot on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay
Tiger Woods reacts to his tee shot on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay

Tiger Woods' troubles continued with a round of 80 in the first round of the US Open on Thursday.

Here, we chart a troubling year for the 39-year-old former world number one.

2014: May 28 - Announces he has still not recovered from back surgery and will miss the US Open at Pinehurst as a result.

July 20 - Finishes 69th in the Open at Royal Liverpool, his worst 72-hole finish in a major in the paid ranks.

Tiger Woods of the United States walks off the 5th tee during the final round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool

August 3 - Withdraws during the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in clear pain after hitting a shot.

Tiger Woods withdrew after eight holes on the final round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron on Sunday when he was clearly in agony due to his troublesome lower back. Photo: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR

August 8 - Misses just his fourth cut in 66 majors as a professional after suffering yet more back trouble at the US PGA Championship at Valhalla.

August 14 - Announces he does not wish to be considered for the Ryder Cup team due to a back injury, later revealing he did not feel he could have won a point for the United States.

US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson admits he wishes Rory McIlroy was on his team for Gleneagles. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

August 25 - Ends professional relationship with swing coach Sean Foley.

Golf coach Sean Foley has given his first interview since being fired by the Tiger Woods

November 22 - Appoints Chris Como as swing coach.

December 2 - Claims he ''feels fantastic'' ahead of his long-awaited return to competitive golf.

January 9 - Confirms he will start his 2015 season at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

January 30 - Records the worst round of his professional career with an 11-over par 82 in the second round of the Phoenix event.

February 5 - Withdraws from his next event, the Farmers Insurance Open, during the first round because of back pain.

February 11 - Takes an indefinite break claiming: ''Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me.''

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Tiger Woods is driven off the course in a cart after withdrawing during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open

March 30 - Drops out of the world's top 100 golfers for the first since 1996.

April 3 - Announces that he will compete at the Masters.

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods on the second tee during the final round at Augusta as they struggle to match the pace of Jordan Spieth

April 13 - Finishes joint 17th at Augusta after a closing 73. Woods went into the final round in a tie for fifth with Rory McIlroy.

April 24 - Announces he will return to the PGA Tour at the Players Championship on May 7.

May 3 - Announces his relationship with Lindsey Vonn is over.

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Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn at the US Masters in Augusta in April

June 6 - Shoots a career-worst 85 - 13 over par - in the third round at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

June 18: Shoots his worst round at the US Open - a 10-over par 80 - in the first round at Chambers Bay.

Tiger Woods speaks to the media during a news conference after shooting a 10 over-par 80 in the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay

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