14 years after his last Masters victory, Tiger's roar returns to Augusta. pic.twitter.com/AwFWljGPDL
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 15, 2019
Amidst one of the busiest times across all sports, a golf tournament stands out world-wide above all the commotion, The Masters. Its prestige is undeniable, the course is immaculate, and the field is one of the toughest players will face all year long.
Something magical happens in the golf world the week of The Masters, as well. There isn’t a European Tour event, a PGA Champions event, or even a LPGA Tour event; all eyes are on Augusta.
I was 12 years old when Tiger won his first Green Jacket in 1997. I grew up enamored with his skill on the course and spent hours dreaming of hitting low-rising stingers off the tee. So, I wasn’t at all surprised at how emotional the back 9 of the final round was for me.
The definition of ‘greatest’ can be massaged to defend any number of Tiger’s 15 major championships. You could say that his first major was his greatest, or the time he lapped the field at Pebble Beach winning by 15 strokes was his greatest performance, but this is the case for his 5th Masters Championship.
This is the first major that Tiger has won where he didn’t have a share of the lead heading into the final round. The Big Cat has always been out front, and before Y.E. Yang tamed him, he had never been chased down. Now he’s succeeded being the hunter instead of the hunted.
His 15th major championship will undoubtedly provide the catalyst for a late-stage renaissance in his career. Tiger now knows he has what it takes to win a major against this unafraid and ultra-talented crop of players in the game today.
As he walked off 18 on Sunday, Tiger embraced his son Charlie the way Earl had embraced him back in 1997. Tiger has come full circle. A different man now than he was as that 21-year-old, his perspectives have changed, his temperament is more subdued.
The field better be on notice, because Tiger Woods is back.
To all the people that said Tiger Woods was finished, that he was done, that he would never win again, that he should just give up and retire. To the people who said he should go away so his legacy wouldn’t be tarnished any further, all I have to say to you is I’m so glad you were wrong.
Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer to ever play the game, and if you can’t respect his ability on the course, then you are blatantly choosing to disregard what your eyes are clearly showing you.
This is a proud moment for golf, this is an amazing moment for Tiger Woods, and hopefully this performance will inspire a new generation of youth to go out and take up the game of golf the way I did when I was young.
These are the clubs Tiger Woods used to win his 5th Green Jacket at The Masters (As reported by PGATOUR):
Newport 2 GSS prototype
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