Tiger Woods completed an epic comeback from career-threatening injuries and scandals by winning the 83rd Masters on April 14, capturing his 15th major title to end an 11-year major drought.
The 43-year-old American superstar, who underwent spinal fusion surgery in 2017 due to chronic back pain, seized his first major title since the 2008 U.S. Open.
“It’s overwhelming just because of what has transpired,” Woods said. “I could barely walk. Couldn’t sleep. Couldn’t walk. Couldn’t do anything.
“To have the opportunity to come back, it’s one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had for sure.”
Winning a fifth Masters title — his first since 2005 — cemented a fairy-tale comeback to the pinnacle of golf for Woods, whose career imploded after a 2009 sex scandal and nagging knee and back injuries that required a total of seven surgeries.
“It’s the best I’ve felt with a driver in years,” Woods said. “I felt in control of my long game and it really paid off.”
With fans chanting his name, an emotional Woods walked off the 18th green and hugged his mother Kultida, daughter Sam and son Charlie just as he had embraced his late father Earl there after his first major victory at the 1997 Masters.
The Masters title moved Woods three shy of the all-time record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus.
Woods became the second-oldest Masters winner, younger only than Nicklaus, who won in 1986 at age 46. (AFP-Jiji)