After a turbulent half-decade without a victory, golfing superstar Tiger Woods finally made headlines for – mostly – all the right reasons. That’s because in 2018 he triumphed in the Atlanta Tour Championship. And his return to form after five years in the wilderness was credited to the love of one particular woman: Erica Herman. Here’s a look at everything you need to know about the girlfriend who helped turn the fallen star’s fortunes around.
Born in Cypress, California, at the tail end of 1975, Woods developed a talent for golf at a young age and went on to enjoy unprecedented success as a junior and college student. After leaving the amateur ranks aged 20, in 1997 he won his inaugural major, the Masters, by a record-breaking 12 strokes. And he reached number one in the world within 12 months of turning pro.
What’s more, Woods proved that his astonishing early success was no fluke by continuing to dominate the sport throughout the next decade. He left the U.S. Open field trailing in his wake in 2000 when winning the trophy by a record-breaking 15 shots. And perhaps most impressively of all, he held the top spot in the world rankings for an incredible 264 weeks. Then, after briefly relinquishing the position, he returned there for further 281.