Tiger Woods Wins the Masters; 15th Major, First in 11 Years

Tiger Woods
The Associated Press

Tiger Woods won the Masters on Sunday, for the first time in 14 years. The victory also represents Woods’ 15th major win, with only three major championships separating him from the all-time record of 18 held by Jack Nicklaus.

The golf legend thought he was done with the game in 2017. While accepting the Ben Hogan Award, a recognition given to golfers who compete despite physical ailments.

Woods said:

I was done at that particular time. In order to actually come to the dinner, I had to get a nerve block just to be able to walk and come to the dinner. It meant so much to me to be part of the Masters and come to the Champions Diner. I didn’t want to miss it. It was tough and uncomfortable. I ended up going to England that night, saw a specialist there, [and] they recommended unfortunately for me the only way to get rid of the pain I was living in was to have the spinal fusion surgery. So I decided to go to Dr. Richard Guyer in Texas and had the surgery.

Woods, 43, is the second-oldest player to win the Masters. Jack Nicklaus won the tournament at the age of 46, in 1986.

Tiger pulled away from the field late and finished 13-under. Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele tied for second at 12-under.

Woods is now a 5-time Masters champion only two years after telling friends that he was done with golf, and 11 years after winning his last major. The victory also had great personal meaning Tiger, this being the first time his son Charlie was able to see him win golf’s most coveted prize. Earl Woods, Tiger’s father, was able to see him win in 1997.

A side-by-side tweet of the father-son moments, 22 years apart, made the rounds on Twitter:

President Trump tweeted congratulations to Woods:

Other celebrities weighed-in to congratulate Tiger as well:

This celebrity tweet might be the most meaningful to Tiger:

Woods’ list of major championships now stands as follows:

Tiger’s 14 years between Masters victories, is the longest such gap in golf history:

And of course, Nike had a new ad prepared just in case Tiger won. It was pretty much perfect:

Of course, no victory celebration is complete without kissing the girlfriend:

After a seemingly endless string of personal and physical hardships, Tiger Woods is finally back.

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