Tiger Woods dominates 2019 Masters

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Tiger Woods dominates 2019 Masters

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PHOTO BY KEITH ALLISON/WIKI COMMONS

By Haley Lyss, CONTRIBUTOR

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Fans’ eyes were locked on the screen from the minute Tiger Woods entered the tee box on Sunday up to his last putt. The entire world was waiting to see if the most controversial, yet one of the greatest golfers and athletes the world has ever seen, was going to win his fifth Masters, and the world got just that.
His first major win since 2008 and first green jacket since 2005, Woods, 43, has shaken up the world of sports once again. Woods, who has dealt with the backlash and ugliness of fame, has been in headlines the past 10 years for infidelity, arrests and rehab, yet has come out on top once again to prove hard work and determination will overcome the noise.
Woods is now a five-time Masters winner, coming in with the second-most wins at the Augusta National right behind another great, Jack Nicklaus, who only has one more win.
“It’s incredible… I think we all knew it was going to come. I said it last year at the Open. I thought he was ready, raring to go to win a major again and it only took him two more tries. It’s impressive, it’s fun to watch and, just as a fan of golf and Tiger, it’s very special. The atmosphere around Tiger is mind-blowing,” said Brooks Koepka, who shared second place at the Masters to The Guardian.
Woods was coming off another back surgery during last year’s Masters, his fourth in just three years. He was also arrested on suspicion of DUI. Last May, Woods was one of the top prospects for the 2018 Masters. Although he was unable to secure the green jacket, it was clear Woods was making a comeback.
“It’s overwhelming,” Woods said in a TV interview after winning his fifth green jacket. “I think just because of what has transpired, and last year I was just very lucky to be playing again, the previous dinner, the champions dinner, I was really struggling and missed a couple of years of not playing this great tournament. To now be the champion, 22 years between wins is a long time. But it’s just unreal for me to experience this.”
Woods’ first win at the Augusta National was in 1997 when he was just 21 years old. Now at 43, he snapped his 10 year major-win drought in the most Cinderella-esque way, putting him back on top as if he never left.
The world has never seen anything like Woods, because there is nothing like him. The world felt that after his final putt on Sunday, that secured his victory.
Woods’ who celebrated the win with his kids and mother, was also greeted by a handful of the world’s top golfers and a few former Masters champions including Bernhard Langer, who is a two-time winner himself.
“We were all up in the Champions locker room… and we saw what was happening and said, ‘let’s all put on our jackets, go down and wish him well,” said Langer to golf.com about the moment leading up to the champions going to see Tiger. It was a perfect way to pay respect to the person who changed the game of golf forever.
It has been a 22 year long career, followed by highs and very public lows, yet Tiger proved that at 43, he is only just starting the comeback, and the world is ready for more.