The drought is officially over.
Tiger Woods, 43, won his fifth Masters tournament on Sunday in thrilling fashion as he overcame a crowded field of contenders down the stretch.
It is Woods’ first Masters win since 2005. It’s also his first majors title since the 2008 U.S. Open.
The final putt was fairly anticlimactic, garnering a more subdued fist pump than what Woods has been known for.
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 14, 2019
But it didn’t take long for the emotions to pour out of Woods, especially when he hugged his son. It was an iconic juxtaposition to when he embraced his father after winning the 1997 Masters.
— Ben Smith (@BSmith) April 14, 2019
His latest Masters triumph is an incredible comeback story for Woods, whose career and personal life had seemingly cratered a decade ago.
Going into Sunday’s tilt, Woods was two shots behind Francesco Molinari and tied with Tony Finau. The pressure was certainly on all three men, with images of Molinari besting Tiger in the British Open likely still fresh in their minds.
Seemingly everyone, from the president of this country to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, took to social media to congratulate Woods.
Congratulations to @TigerWoods., a truly Great Champion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 14, 2019
As ESPN Stats & Information points out, the historical implications of Woods’ victory are numerous.
81 PGA TOUR victories.
5 green jackets.
1 historic weekend. pic.twitter.com/BS3M4nPuiV
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 14, 2019
Perhaps the only thing that went wrong for Tiger on Sunday, aside from a pair of bogeys in both the front and back nine, was the expected bad weather.
— Larry Ramirez (@LRam2) April 14, 2019
With 15 majors to his credit, fierce debate will likely resume about Woods’ chances of catching up to the legendary Jack Nicklaus. What was once a foregone conclusion that Woods would surpass the Golden Bear’s 18 majors wins quickly changed after a cadre of injuries derailed Tiger’s career for a while.
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