You can still hear the roars from Augusta National as Tiger Woods made history on Sunday.
Tiger Woods completed a comeback not only from a professional standpoint, but personal adversity as well. Woods captured his fifth Masters title and 15th major tournament with a victory that snapped a championship drought of 11 years.
This was the first major win since 2008 U.S. Open, where he was able to capture recovery from debilitating injuries and personal problems.
Tiger Woods at 43 became the second-oldest winner of the Masters only behind Jack Nicklaus who won in 1986 at the age of 46, Nicklaus also holds the record of victories in major tournaments with 18.
On one of the sport’s biggest stages, Woods certainly had an epic feel in Augusta, when a sports icon is suddenly back on top which is where he found himself just a decade ago.
Woods won his first Masters victory in 1997 at the age of 21-years-old after leaving Stanford and declaring “Hello World” in a classic Nike commercial.
Tiger Woods stated: “It was one of the hardest I’ve ever had to win just because of what’s transpired the last couple of years.”
Although Tiger bogeyed the final hole, he also had a two-stroke lead with the victory in plain sight. Of course, you couldn’t tell by his composure until that final putt was completed when he let out a joyous shout.
Tiger exclaimed: “When I tapped the putt in- I don’t know what I did, I know I screamed.”
The performance caught the eyes of the Presidents of the United States taking to Twitter shortly after Woods clinched his victory.
“What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!’’ –President Donald Trump
“To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit and determination.’’- President Barrack Obama
In an all too familiar sight, Woods played his final round in front of crowds that were 12 deep for hundreds of yards at every hold- from tee box to green. Perhaps the most significant consisted of his mother, Kultida Woods, and his two children—his 10-year-old son, Charlie Axel Woods, and his 11-year-old daughter, Sam Alexis Woods. His children were the first to greet him once the triumph had been completed. His children had not been born yet when Woods ruled the sport of Golf.
To close out the round of two-under-par at 70, Woods was able to get beyond two other major champions- Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele. Woods score of 72 and 13 under 275 was one shot better than his total in his 2005 when he won at Augusta.
Woods would undergo an operation in 2017 which led to an addiction to painkillers where he questioned whether he would ever be able to play professionally again. This was the same year in which his life had hit rock bottom when he was charged with driving under the influence after found in a painkiller haze at the wheel of his car with the motor running.
Trump to Give Presidential Medal of Freedom
The President Trump tweeted: “Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!”
President Trump and Woods golfed together in February, alongside Jack Nicklaus at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida. At the time trump tweeted that the three of them had a “great morning” together on the green.