Fallen hero, crippled star, and now a Masters champion once more.
Tiger Woods rallied to win the Masters for the fifth time Sunday, a comeback that goes nicely past the two-shot deficit he erased earlier than a delirious viewers at Augusta Nationwide that watched reminiscences flip into actuality.
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Woods had gone practically 11 years since he gained his final main, 14 years since that inexperienced jacket was slipped over his Sunday crimson shirt. He made it definitely worth the wait, closing with a 2-under 70 for a one-shot victory, and setting off a scene of uncooked emotion.
He scooped up 10-year-old Charlie, born a yr after Woods gained his 14th main at Torrey Pines within the 2008 U.S Open. He hugged his mom after which his 11-year-old daughter Sam, and everybody else in his camp that stood by him by way of a public divorce, an embarrassing DUI arrest from a concoction of painkillers and surgical procedures.
“WOOOOOOO!!!” Woods screamed as he headed for the scoring room with chants of “Tiger! Tiger! Tiger” echoing as loud as any of the roars on the again 9 at Augusta Nationwide.
Woods misplaced his impeccable picture to a intercourse scandal. He misplaced his well being to 4 again surgical procedures that left him unable to get off the bed, a lot much less swing a membership, and he went two years with out even taking part in a significant.
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It was two years in the past on the Masters when Woods stated he wanted a nerve block simply to stroll to the Champions Dinner. At the moment, he thought his profession is over.
Now the comeback is actually full.
Woods gained his 15th main, leaving three in need of the usual set by Jack Nicklaus. It was his 81st victory on the PGA Tour, one title away from the profession file held by Sam Snead.
“An enormous ‘nicely accomplished’ from me to Tiger,”‘ Nicklaus tweeted. “I’m so completely satisfied for him and for the sport of golf. That is simply incredible!!!”
It was the primary time Woods gained a significant when trailing going into the ultimate spherical, and he wanted some assist from Francesco Molinari, the 54-hole chief who nonetheless was up two photographs heading into the center of Amen Nook.
And that’s when all hell broke free at Augusta.
Molinari’s tee shot on the par-3 12th by no means had an opportunity, hitting the financial institution and tumbling into Rae’s Creek for double bogey. Till then, Molinari had by no means trailed in a spherical that started early in threesomes to complete forward of storms.
After which it appeared as if virtually everybody had an opportunity.
Six gamers had a share of the lead sooner or later on the again. With the ultimate group nonetheless within the 15th fairway, there was a five-way tie for the lead. And that’s when Woods seized management, once more with loads of assist.
Molinari’s third shot clipped a tree and plopped straight down within the water for an additional double bogey. Woods hit onto the inexperienced, organising a two-putt birdie for his first lead of the ultimate spherical. Woods adopted with a tee shot on the par-3 16th that rode down the slope subsequent to the cup and settled two ft away for his remaining birdie.
That gave him a two-shot cushion, and nobody was going to catch him.
Following his victory, fellow golfers, different athletes, assorted celebrities and even President Donald Trump took to Twitter to congratulate Woods.