This week's U.S. Open marks a once-inconceivable five years since Tiger Woods last won a major championship, that victory coming in a memorable Monday U.S. Open playoff against Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines in June 2008.
It's the longest such slump in the 14-time major winner's career, but this year, there's a renewed sense of hope for Woods, who enters the tournament at Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia ranked No. 1 in the world and with an efficient four PGA Tour victories in eight tournaments -- which makes it easy to dismiss his absolute train wreck at the Memorial two weeks ago.
The road back to the top has not been a smooth one for Woods, however. Not at all. In fact, the last five years leading up to this resurgence have represented perhaps the most tumultuous half-decade most have ever seen out of an athlete of Woods' prominence, both on and off the course.
Between personal scandal, nagging injuries and a resulting professional collapse, Woods has been tested in seemi...