Sun Dec 04 07:30pm EST
Seven hundred forty-nine days. If you don't know it by know, that's how many days Tiger Woods went without a victory -- a staggering number when you consider that at one time he was the most dominant golfer in the world.
Thankfully, we don't have to talk about the streak anymore, after Woods rolled in back-to-back birdie putts on the final two holes of the Chevron World Challenge to capture his first win since the Australian Masters on Nov. 15, 2009.
A lot has happened between those two wins. Here's an idea of what's gone on in Tiger's life, and around the world, during that span.
Nov. 25, 2009 -- The National Enquirer leaks a story it had planned for a Dec. 7 issue that Tiger Woods had been cheating on his wife with a name we would became all too familiar with -- Rachel Uchitel. We wrote, like most of us thought at the time, "make of this what you will."
Nov. 27, 2009 -- Just two days after news broke that Tiger may have been cheating, Woods crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant just outside his Isleworth home at 2:30 a.m., and his world was shaken up for good. Reports initially were that Tiger was in "serious condition" after the wreck, but were quickly pulled back. The fire hydrant and timing of the crash would come into question over the next few days, as well as a claim that wife Elin had done anything from smash his window out with a golf club to actually attack the golfer with it, knocking out teeth.
Nov. 29, 2009 -- Tiger released a statement about the accident, admitting "This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again." Tiger hinted in the release that his wife had helped him in the wreck and we should all respect the request for things to stay private.
Jan. 12, 2010 -- A 7.0-magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti. The confirmed death toll of over 230,000 is one of the deadliest on record.
Feb. 7, 2010 -- The New Orleans Saints use an onside kick at the start of the second half to become the fourth team to win the Super Bowl in their only appearance.
Feb. 17, 2010 -- The Accenture Match Play kicks off without Woods in the field, a tournament he returned to in 2009 after a break from golf because of a knee surgery.
That same day, Tiger announces that he will speak for the first time publicly on Friday at TPC Sawgrass but will not take any questions. The timing of the announcement has some questioning the motives of Woods, who was recently dropped by tournament host Accenture because of his transgressions.
Feb. 19, 2010 -- At 11 a.m. on Friday, Woods approached a podium with a blazer and purple shirt on, admitting he was "deeply sorry" for what he did to his family, friends and fans.
Some of the highlights of his speech included a heartfelt apology to his wife Elin, a heated moment where Woods said that there had never been an episode of domestic violence in their household, and the revelation that he would not be returning to golf anytime soon.
The speech had people on both sides of the fence, with some saying they thought it was genuine and others saying it felt robotic.
March 16, 2010 -- In a statement to the press, Woods announces he will return to the Masters, stating, "The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta."
April 20, 2010 -- The Deepwater Horizon platform explodes in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil spill ended up devastating the Gulf.
June 22-24, 2010 -- John Isner and Nicolas Mahut play in the longest tennis match in the history of the sport. It lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes and was played over three days, with a final score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7-9), 7-6(7-3), 70-68 for a total of 183 games.
Aug. 5, 2010 -- Chilean miners become trapped when the entrance to the mine collapses, forcing them to spend 69 days deep underground before their rescue.
Jan. 10, 2011 -- Cam Newton leads Auburn to a 22-19 victory in the national title game over Oregon. Newton also won the Heisman last season.
Feb. 6, 2011 -- Cowboys Stadium hosts the Super Bowl during the middle of one of the worst ice storms in the history of the Dallas area.
March 11, 2011 -- A 9.1-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the east end of Japan, killing 15,822 and leaving another 3,926 missing.
April 11, 2011 -- Trying to hit a Seve Ballesteros-like shot from under a tree on the 17th hole during the third round of the Masters, Woods re-injures his left knee. The injury ends up being a minor sprain to the MCL in his left knee and strain of his left Achilles tendon.
Woods confirms he'll only miss a "few weeks" with the injury, and returns one month later at The Players Championship.
April 29, 2011 -- Prince William and Catherine Middleton get hitched while the entire world watches.
May 1, 2011 -- United States special forces storm Osama Bin Laden's compound and kill the world's most feared terrorist.
June 19, 2011 -- Rory McIlroy destroys the field at Congressional to win the U.S. Open. This day also marked the first time people started talking about McIlroy as the "new Tiger Woods."
July 1, 2011 -- The NBA lockout starts. Entire basketball population shrugs shoulders ... for the first couple of months.
Aug. 13, 2011 -- Tiger Woods misses the cut at the PGA Championship for the first time in his career. His rounds of 77-73 leave people wondering if he'll ever return to his previous form.
Aug. 20—28, 2011 -- Battle of Tripoli: Libyan rebels take control of the nation's capital, overthrowing the government of Muammar Gaddafi.
Nov. 23, 2011 -- Tiger Woods secures the deciding point for the U.S. side at the Presidents Cup. He starts to show signs of life after a T-3 at the Australian Open.
Nov. 26, 2011 -- The NBA lockout ends. Basketball fans come out of the caves and rejoice.
Dec. 4, 2011 -- Tiger Woods wins for the first time 749 days, rolling in a putt on the 18th hole to beat Zach Johnson on the final hole at the Chevron World Challenge.