The iconic US Golf Pro has NOT had a tournament win since 2005….
He IS ecstatic….
And so is the Golf World…..
(And his clothes sponsor Nike)
The roars and the magic returned to golf Sunday at the Masters as Tiger Woods, among all the things he has accomplished across a storied career, managed to pull off one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.
Taking a two-shot lead with a birdie on the 16th hole at Augusta National, Woods was the focused killer he used to be before all the injuries and personal problems and doubts about whether he could play at a high level again. Sunday afternoon, his fifth green jacket, his first in 14 years and first major victory in nearly 11 years became a joyous inevitability at Augusta as Woods became the oldest Masters winner since Jack Nicklaus in 1986. In doing so, he finished 13 under par after a meaningless, safe bogey on 18. He was one stroke ahead of a powerful group that included Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.
When it was over, his final putt tucked into the cup at 18, Woods broke into a huge grin and raised his arms high. He fell into a long embrace with his caddie, Joe La Cava, and then made a beeline to his son, Charlie, grabbing him in the kind of tight hug that he used to share with his father when he won in 1997 and all those other times. He hugged his mother and his daughter, Sam, who was an infant the last time he won…..
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