Tiger’s Legendary Masters Win
There are certain moments in life that you wish could be frozen in time, ones that are so precious, they will be with us forever. In sports, certain moments stand out more so than others, and then there are times when you have to sit back in disbelief and just simply say wow. Tiger Woods winning his first major championship since 2008, and his first Masters since 2005, was one of those special moments on Sunday, one that will go down as one of the greatest in sports history.
In what is without a doubt one of the greatest comebacks in the history of professional sports, Tiger Woods did the unthinkable by winning another major, something that so many, including myself, said he would never accomplish again following years of turbulent personal matters and ailing health conditions. Since 2014 Woods has undergone four back surgeries, three of which where he had consistent pain following going under the knife.
From a logical perspective, it seemed that Tiger might not ever play golf again, much or less win another major and be competitive again; he would forever be stuck at 14 majors. Then came a glimmer of hope in 2018 as he seemed to return to the once prominent player that he was by finishing as the runner-up in the PGA Championship and won at the Tour Championship last September, his first victory on the PGA Tour since 2013. After his performance on the course last year people started believing that there was a chance again for Tiger to return to greatness, but could he actually win another major?
On Sunday one could argue that the odds were heavily against him to accomplish this unimaginable feat as Tiger had never come from behind in the final round to win a major, or in any golf tournament for that matter. Combine that with the fact that Woods began the day two strokes back of leader Francesco Molinari and it had the makings of a historic finish at Augusta. All Tiger needed was a break and that he is exactly what he got on the 12th hole as Molonari's tee shot went swimming in Rae's Creek.
That was the turning point for Woods as he went on to play virtually flawless golf down the stretch en route to winning his fifth green jacket and held off three others in doing so in Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, and Brooks Koepka. It had been 14 years since Woods had won his last Masters, the longest such gap in tournament history, and at 43 years old, he became the oldest Masters champion since Jack Nicklaus in 1986.
Whether you are a huge golf fan or simply a casual sports fan, what occurred on Sunday at the Masters will never be forgotten, it is one of the greatest moments in sports history and something that many of us, including Tiger himself, never thought we would see again. It was a beautiful sight watching Tiger hug his mom and kids after his monumental victory. This is why sports are so great, the impossible becomes possible and just like that, Tiger is finally back, once and for all.