At the age of 43 legendry golfer Tiger Woods made history yesterday when he won his fifth green Jacket at Augusta National, his first Major win in 11 years and his first after overcoming four back operations.
Speaking after his Master’s triumph the former world’s Best who spent a record 683 weeks as world number one during his career described the win as “right up there” with his greatest achievements, especially having faced “serious doubts” he would ever play at this level again.
After describing how he could barley walk before undergoing surgery and how his children had grown accustom to seeing Golf as a cause of “Pain” he was very happy that this was creating” new memories for them and it's just very special,” he said.
Woods who has been written off by so many as he has suffered and battled back over the past few years punched the air with Joy after producing a scintillating finish one clear of nearest rivals Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka and claim his 15th major title
“I'm a little hoarse from yelling,” said the 43-year-old. “I was just trying to plod my way around all day then all of a sudden I had the lead.
“Coming up 18 I was just trying to make a five. When I tapped in I don't know what I did, I know I screamed. To have my kids there, it's come full circle. My dad was here in 1997 and now I'm the dad with two kids there.
“It will be up there with one of the hardest I've had to win because of what has transpired in the last couple of years.”
The victory caps of a remarkable comeback story for the former great who last won at Augusta in 2005 and missed 2016 &17 with back issues before finally undergoing Back fusion surgery in April of that year leaving him ranked 1,199 in the World later that year.
Since then his return to golf in 2018 and slowly a return to form as he challenged at the Open before finishing joint sixth, pushing the eventual winner Koepka all the way at the US PGA championships. He capped of his comeback year with his 80th title, with this victory now leaving him only one behind Sam Snead’s record of 82.
While the win also see’s him requiring just one more victory to equal Jack Nicklaus’s record of Six wins at the Augusta National.
His latest win will see him continue his incredible raise up the standings as he’s expected to move into 6th spot when the latest table is released this week.