Woods’ Masters win caps storybook comeback

Tiger Woods has accomplished one of many biggest comebacks in sporting historical past with a come-from-behind win on the Masters at Augusta Nationwide. The deafening roars at Augusta had been cathartic for followers who feared they might by no means see Woods win one other main after years of career-threatening accidents and off-course scandals. However on an overcast Sunday at Augusta, Woods despatched the sporting wold into meltdown by claiming a fifth Masters inexperienced jacket and 15th main title. Aged 43 and now the world No.6, Woods’ first main win in 11 years has him simply three off Jack Nicklaus’ document of 18. Woods was glad to be carrying Augusta’s inexperienced jacket over his trademark Sunday crimson shirt as soon as once more – 14 years after his epic 2005 Augusta triumph. It'll go down as a where-were-you second. “Effectively, I do know the place I used to be,” Woods joked in a profitable press convention beamed to the world. The one-shot win from Individuals Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka marked two years since Woods underwent dangerous spinal fusion surgical procedure which sidelined him for 10 months. Woods reportedly mentioned on the champions dinner on the 2017 Masters that he was “executed” (retiring). His fourth again surgical procedure additionally led to an habit to prescribed drugs that resulted in Woods being arrested in Florida in Could 2017 whereas asleep on the wheel of his automotive, earlier than he accomplished “intensive” rehab. However his comeback from oblivion is what makes his first main victory because the 2008 US Open so particular. All 14 of his earlier majors got here from at the very least a share of the 54-hole lead. However Woods began Sunday at Augusta two pictures off the lead. He bogeyed the final for a two-under-par 70 and a 13-under-par (275) whole. Massive-hitting Johnson (68), Schauffele (68) and Koepka (70) tied second at 12 underneath. Australia’s Jason Day (67) tied fifth at 11 underneath with 54-hole chief Francesco Molinari (74), Webb Simpson (70) and Tony Finau (72). The turning level got here when Molinari was taken sufferer by Augusta’s iconic par-Three 12th, rinsing his tee shot for a double-bogey whereas Woods birdied to share the lead. Woods was classic when he took the outright lead with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th and by no means appeared again. He stiffed his tee shot on the par-Three 16th for a tap-in birdie, earlier than a regulation par on 17 allowed Woods to bogey the 72nd – and he did for an emotional victory. Woods embraced his daughter, Sam, and son, Charlie, in addition to mom Kultida, beside the 18th inexperienced. Sam was 12 months outdated when Woods gained his final main, whereas Charlie was born a 12 months later, after his Torrey Pines triumph. “To have my youngsters there, it’s come full circle; my dad was right here (after I gained) in 1997 and now I’m the dad,” a tearful Woods mentioned in Butler Cabin. Woods admitted his optimism at profitable extra majors has skyrocketed however was not sure if golf nice Nicklaus was nervous. “Effectively, I don’t know if he’s nervous however I’m certain he’s watching … I can win extra majors now,” Woods mentioned. Woods turned the oldest champion at Augusta since Nicklaus captured his sixth and ultimate Masters aged 46 in 1986. He additionally moved to inside three of Jack Nicklaus’ all-time document 18 victories and one behind Sam Snead’s document 82 US PGA Tour wins. “Yeah, I do (assume I’m again) as a result of I simply did it,” Woods mentioned. Woods reached all-time low since profitable his 14th main. His private life unravelled in 2009 when studies of a number of extramarital affairs surfaced. The scandal noticed Woods crash his automotive, lose main sponsorship offers, spend 45 days in a clinic for intercourse habit and endure a divorce from spouse Elin Nordegren. He additionally conceded retirement was a risk in late 2017 when he couldn’t swing a golf membership for nearly 10 months and plummeted to 1,199 on the world rankings. “However you by no means hand over; you at all times struggle,” he mentioned. “Granted, pushing and being aggressive obtained me into this place, but it surely’s additionally what obtained me out.”