More than a decade after his last major, following years of personal problems and potentially career-ending health issues, Tiger Woods donned the famous green jacket at Augusta National, Georgia on Sunday after claiming his fifth Masters title by a stroke.
It was indeed a comeback from Woods that was worth the wait. Around the 18th green, Woods produced a superb, composed final round to claim the Masters title, finishing with a two-under-par round of 70 to win on 13-under-par overall, one clear of fellow Americans Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.
Setting off a scene of raw emotions, he made the audience at Augusta National watch memories turn into reality.
This was Woods’ first Masters victory since 2005 and he is now just one behind Jack Nicklaus’ record of six wins at Augusta National. Also, Woods is three behind Nicklaus’ overall major tally of 18. Woods secured his 81st victory on the PGA Tour and is now one title away from a career record which is currently held by Sam Snead.
The win is truly complete in every sense as this title came exactly two years since Woods told friends, “I’m done,” before a fourth back surgery resolved a spinal problem that had left him barely able to walk. He missed the 2016 and 2017 Masters with back problems before finally undergoing back fusion surgery in April of that year.
Woods had an emotional moment with his family, including son Charlie, daughter Sam Alexis, mother Kultida Woods and girlfriend Erica Herman after Sunday’s victory at the Masters.
“I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget. To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for. This jacket sure is comfortable,” Woods shared on Twitter.
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