Five overlooked stories from Tiger’s historic Masters win

Francesco Molinari and Brooks Koepka
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16 April, 2019

Tiger Woods was presented with his fifth Masters green jacket by former champion Patrick Reed and he claimed he was lost for words.

Woods never missed a shot that mattered over the final seven holes, taking the lead with a 5-iron to the fat of the green on the par-5 15th for a two-putt birdie, delivering the knockout with an 8-iron that rode down the ridge by the cup and settled 2 feet away for birdie on the par-3 16th.

Tiger Woods rallied to win the Masters for the fifth time Sunday, a comeback that goes well beyond the two-shot deficit he erased before a delirious audience at Augusta National that watched memories turn into reality.

"I played exactly how I wanted to play", said Brooks Koepka, one of those who found the creek and double-bogeyed the hole on the way to a final-round 70 to finish 12 under, a shot back and in a three-way tie for second.

Woods dominated the game from his 1997 Masters win through his 2008 U.S. Open triumph, totaling 14 majors and threatening to break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors.

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All those moments built to Sunday, when Woods was once again his old familiar dominating self.

Along with coping with a number of injuries over the past decade, Woods also had to deal with the damage done from a very public and scandalous divorce and an embarrassing DUI arrest. "I hope they are proud of their dad", he shared, as he opened up about the positive impact his comeback has had on his life as an athlete and a father.

"I don't know if he's anxious or not", Woods said.

That's the highest overnight rating for a morning golf telecast since metered ratings were introduced 34 years ago, the network said.

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"I'm just ecstatic for golf and I'm ecstatic for Tiger, " Johnson said. The balky back that required four more surgeries, the last one out of desperation because he could barely walk, much less play golf.

Now that Tiger Woods has emerged to be sporting titan of no mean repute, what punctuates his journey to being the greatest of all?

That is how Tiger Woods attempted to describe an extraordinary Sunday.

"The win at East Lake was a big confidence booster for me because I had come close a year ago a couple times, still had to get it across the finish line and didn't quite do it".

"I couldn't lay down, I couldn't do much of anything".

Woods, who used to nearly disdain the press, patiently and with a smile answered reporters' questions for close to an hour and was never condescending, even to the most inane question, as he might have been in the past.

"Luckily I've had the procedure where that's no longer the case and I can do this again".

"But I did have my 30 seconds in the sun with the lead and it was a really cool feeling, and it just proves to my team and I that we can contend and that we can win on this property". "He played well, he hit the right shots at the right time and deserved to win".

"I just was able to be lucky enough and fortunate enough to be able to do this again".


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