Tiger ready to roar again after two-year slump

Nov 25, 2011, 10:27 IST | AFP
Tiger Woods is showing vintage form, inking new sponsorship deals and looking ready for a run at redemption on the two-year anniversary of his fall from grace in an epic adultery scandal.

The former World No 1 golfer, a 14-time major champion, was hospitalized on November 27, 2009 after a late-night car crash that led to the unveiling of his secret sex life.

Tiger Woods

Woods, who divorced from Elin Nordegren last year, has not won a tournament since the scandal was revealed, with more than a dozen women claiming sexual trysts with him.

But success this month in Australia, where his last triumph came at the 2009 Australian Masters, has given Woods signs of progress as he chases the all-time record of 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus.

Sponsors fled from him in the wake of the scandal. Now sponsors are returning to Woods. A Japanese heat rub deal earlier this year was the first. Since then, Swiss watchmaker Rolex announced an endorsement deal in October and Fuse nutrition products a dealĀ  with him in November.

The US PGA signed nine-year TV contract extensions to 2021 in September.

The new deal ensures current telecasters the chance to cover Woods, who turns 36 next month, in events through age 45.

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