In April of 2019, Tiger Woods shocked fans with an unexpected win at the Masters. While this was his 15th overall win, he hadn’t won any major championships in eleven years before that. He was the second oldest to win the Master at the age of 43.
It was a shocking success for Woods that launched him right back to the top of the golfing world. Now, Woods will again be at the forefront of conversations with a new HBO documentary examining the golfer’s legacy in the sport as well as his personal life.
Tiger Woods Documentary
The documentary, “Tiger,” is being released on HBO this Sunday. It is a two-part special with the next segment coming out next week.
According to the HBO official site the show “paints an intimate picture of the prodigy whose dedication and obsession with the game of golf not only took his fame and success to new heights, but also down a dark, spiraling road that eventually led to a legendary sports comeback, culminated by his victory at the 2019 Masters.”
The two-part documentary will feature never-before-seen footage and interviews with those close to the golfing star. This includes Steve Williams (former caddy), Sir Nick Faldo (golfing legend), Dina Parr (first love), and Rachel Uchitel. She is the woman behind the Woods sex scandal that was a groundbreaking moment in sports history.
The series is based on the 2018 book “Tiger Woods” by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian. Woods has no affiliation with the book or the film. In the second half of the show, it relies heavily on individuals who have long been out of his life. This means the show may lack perspectives to showcase the current life of the golfer. The book came out before his legendary Masters win.
Focusing on the Rise and Fall
Tiger Wood’s life and career has been marked by countless ups and downs, all notably reported on by the media.
One of the most prominent was when police found Tiger Woods behind the wheel while heavily under the influence of prescription drugs in 2017. He was unable to walk in a straight line and was also unable to recite the alphabet.
Why? Because at the time he thought police were asking him to sing the national anthem backwards.
His DUI charge, according to The Guardian, was reduced to a reckless driving plea.
Of his mistakes, Woods is most known for his sex scandal revealed back in 2009. The golfer’s sex addiction fuels the second half of the documentary. He was outed for having several mistresses. His mistress has come forward to talk about the scandal for the first time in 10 years.
Executive producer, Sam Pollard, also noted the kind of people Woods has always associated with and what that may mean.
“I don’t think it’s happenstance. Growing up in America as a person of color, when you’re engaged in the white world, sometimes you don’t connect with your own people like people assume that you would.”
In the past, Woods has received criticism for his failure to stand up for certain events.
The show will discuss topics like race, sex, scandal, and power all in two episodes.