Top athletes are motivated to work hard and are prepared to make personal sacrifices to achieve excellence. Tiger Woods is one of the hardest-working athletes in sport and one of golf's most fierce competitors. He has a punishing 12-hour daily routine, he keeps a strict diet, and he works out for up to 10 hours per day when he's not golfing. He spends a lot of time on the practice ground, both before and after competitive rounds. He is driven to continually improve his skills. He changed his swing in 2002 after winning eight majors because he thought it could be improved further.
Tiger's drive and desire to win led him to play with a broken leg and injury to the anterior cruciate ligament at the 2008 US Open where he won. Woods had back surgery multiple times between 2014 and 2017, and he dropped off the list of the world's top 1,000 golfers. On his return in 2018, Woods made steady progress to the top winning the Tour Championship in September 2018 and his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters.