Fallen hero, crippled superstar, and now a Masters champion again.
Tiger Woods rallied to win the Masters for the fifth time Sunday, a comeback that is going properly beyond the two-shot deficit he erased earlier than a delirious target audience at Augusta countrywide that watched memories grow to be reality.
Woods had long past almost 11 years considering the fact that he won his ultimate major, 14 years considering the fact that that inexperienced jacket was slipped over his Sunday red shirt.
He scooped up 10-year-vintage Charlie, born a year after Woods received his 14th predominant at Torrey Pines in the 2008 US Open.
He hugged his mom after which his 11-12 months-vintage daughter Sam, and everyone else in his camp that stood with the aid of him via a public divorce, an embarrassing DUI arrest from a concoction of painkillers and surgeries.
“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 countrywide.
Woods misplaced his impeccable photograph to a sex scandal. He misplaced his health to 4 lower back surgeries that left him not able to get away from bed, a whole lot much less swing a club, and he went years without even gambling a major.
It changed into years ago at the Masters when Woods stated he wanted a nerve block just to walk to the Champions Dinner. At that point, he idea his career is over.
Now the comeback is truly whole.
Woods won his 15th important, leaving 3 short of the standard set by using Jack Nicklaus. It become his 81st victory at the PGA excursion, one name away from the career file held via Sam Snead.
“A large 'well done' from me to Tiger,” Nicklaus tweeted. “i'm so glad for him and for the sport of golf. This is simply outstanding!!!”
It changed into the primary time Woods received a first-rate while trailing going into the final spherical, and he needed a few assist from Francesco Molinari, the fifty four-hole leader who still was up two pictures heading into the coronary heart of Amen nook.
And that's whilst all hell broke free at Augusta.
Molinari's tee shot on the par-three 12th never had a hazard, hitting the bank and tumbling into Rae's Creek for double bogey. Until then, Molinari had by no means trailed in a spherical that started out early in threesomes to finish in advance of storms.
after which it appeared as although almost every body had a hazard.
Six players had a percentage of the lead in some unspecified time in the future on the returned. With the final organization nevertheless inside the 15th fairway, there was a 5-way tie for the lead. And that's when Woods seized manage, once more with masses of assist.
Molinari's 0.33 shot clipped a tree and plopped directly down within the water for some other double bogey.
Woods hit onto the green, setting up a -putt birdie for his first lead of the very last round. Woods accompanied with a tee shot at the par-3 sixteenth that rode down the slope next to the cup and settled ft away for his very last birdie.
That gave him a -shot cushion, and nobody turned into going to trap him.