Tiger Woods went 14 years between wins at the Masters
By Harley Kock
Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters and 15th major title on April 14th, 2019, becoming one of the greatest comeback stories in sports, after overcoming career-threatening back problems.
The 43-year-old muscled his way through a tightly packed leaderboard to win by one shot at Augusta for his first major title in 11 years and first Masters win since 2005.
It was Woods first major title when trailing going into the final day.
That completed a fairytale return for the most dominant player of his generation and arguably the best ever.
“Last year I was very lucky to be playing again. At the previous Champions Dinner I was really struggling and missed a couple of years of not playing this great tournament and now I’m the champion. Twenty two years between wins, it’s a long time and it’s unreal for me to experience this. My mom was here, she was there in 1997 as well. I’m just so happy and excited and I’m at a loss for words.” Woods told reporters following the victory.
The celebrations lasted an eternity around the 18th green before a beaming Woods high-fived his way to the scorer’s hut.
Woods is now just three majors behind the all-time record of Jack Nicklaus. Only Nicklaus has more Masters wins than Woods with six. Woods did join Nicklaus as the only player to have won the Masters in three different decades clinching his first as a 21-year-old in 1997.
Woods may not have been everyone’s favourite over the years most likely from his personal issues.
But those appear to have changed him and the remarkable reception he received at Augusta might have been a sign that most have forgiven him.
It’s even more insane when you consider that it was widely reported that at a pre-Masters Champions Dinner a few years ago he said that he was, “Done.”
Many wrote off his career as the injuries took their toll on his form, his world ranking even fell outside the top 1,000. Woods admits he struggled with everyday tasks such as getting out of bed, driving and taking his kids to school.
In 2017 Woods underwent career-saving spine fusion surgery and has since been back in good form. Including now being the playing Captain for the U.S. at the Presidents Cup and finishing fourth at the Hero World challenge.
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