How the sporting world looked the last time Tiger Woods won a major

The Masters - Final Round

Tiger Woods is back on top of the golfing world again.

The 43-year-old went into the Masters in Augusta quietly confident and with some pundits and fans viewing him as a contender. But in recent majors this optimism has failed to materialise with many wondering whether the former world no.1 will ever return to golf's summit.

Entering the final day in Georgia, Woods was well-positioned behind leader Francesco Molinari, and he duly overtook the Italian during the final round before holding off Brooks Koepka to win by a shot.

Woods' show of emotion on sinking the winning putt showed just how great a sporting comeback it was after years of battling issues in his personal life, injuries and loss of form.

But what has changed during the 11 years between Sunday's win and his previous major win at the US Open in 2008?

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were yet to win the Ballon d'Or

Until Luka Modric broke the Ronaldo-Messi duopoly last year, the pair had collected the previous 10 awards, split evenly between them.

But in 2008, it would be another few months before Ronaldo would win his first.


Usain Bolt had not won gold in the Olympics

Woods won the US Open in the June of 2008 and it would be another couple of months until we would get to see that world-famous celebration for the first time, as Bolt won gold in the 100m and 200m in Beijing.

Bolt would go on to add six more Olympic golds to his incredible collection over the next two Olympics and London and Rio de Janeiro.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt (L) celebrates with

Rafael Nadal had never been world no.1

Though Nadal had already won four titles at Roland Garros, the Spaniard struggled to displace the great Roger Federer in the early years of his career as the Swiss dominated the rest of the Grand Slams.

In July 2008 that would all change though, as Nadal beat Federer in one of the greatest matches of all time to claim his maiden Wimbledon title.

He reached world no.1 in August that year, and has since taken his slam tally to 17, including at least one at all four of the majors.

The Championships - Wimbledon 2008 Day Thirteen

Pep Guardiola was yet to win a trophy as a coach

After his trophy haul as Barcelona boss and his recent success with Manchester City, it's hard to imagine that Guardiola was only just entering management in 2008.

After starting off with Barcelona B, Guardiola took the reigns of the first team for the 2008-09 season and won the treble before building a Barcelona side that would dominate football for years to come.

Espanyol v Barcelona - La Liga

LeBron James was yet to win an NBA MVP award

Though he won the Rookie of the Year in 2004, LeBron James only won his first MVP for the regular season in 2009.

He would then go on to win the award in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

So a lot has changed between Tiger Woods' most recent major wins, but with Woods seemingly back to his best, the question now is can he add more majors to his collection and avoid another spell in the wilderness?

News Now - Sport News