AUGUSTA, Ga. – The day that many sportsmen did not think to happen would just happen. Nearly 11 years after winning his last major championship, Tiger Woods, 43, won another major title. For the fifth time in his career, and for the first time in 14 years, Woods won the Masters.
Tiger won this major championship – the 15th of his brilliant career in two stages – in the old style: in his day.
While he was heading for a 70 under par, his competitors, many of whom were still young golfers and had grown up watching him and idolizing him, slowly lost the way. Not one, not two, not three, but four of his competitors hit the 12th hole in Rae's Creek. It was as if it was meant to be.
As Tiger navigated the carnage, he emerged with a nine-point lead that he never abandoned, allowing him to walk unhindered into the 18th covered fairway for a win that He hoped so long to take it away.
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Tiger Woods celebrates after putting a putt on the 18th green to win The Masters. (Photo: Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports)
While trying to win a trio of young stars, he embraced almost everyone on his way, including his mother, daughter and son, hugs of joy and relief, arms raised, in a breathtaking triumph.
It was almost unbelievable that less than two years had elapsed since his alarming DUI jab, and a year and a half since he had declared that he could not get up off the couch to watch his kids play football at causes back pain. And almost 10 years after his highly publicized personal scandal. It seems like an old story now, is not it?
It was feared that he could never walk normally, let alone play golf.
And now that.
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Earlier this week, I asked Tiger if he was surprised that he had not won a major tournament for more than 10 years.
"I would say I would not have planned that, that's for sure. After winning my 14th place, I felt like I still had a lot of big leagues to win, but unfortunately I did not do it. I put myself there with chances on the back nine different Sundays and I just did not do it. You know, I hope that this year, I got back to the job, and I hope to be able to do it. "
What he did.