Trump, Obama join sport greats heaping praise on champion
The day that many in sports never thought would happen just happened. Nearly 11 years after he won his last major championship, in a sports comeback for the ages, 43-year-old Tiger Woods has won another major, reports usatoday.com.
For the fifth time in his career, and the first time in 14 years, Woods has won the Masters. Tiger won this major championship — the 15th of his stellar, now two-part career — the old-fashioned way: just as he used to.
As he powered his way to a steady 2-under-par 70, his competitors – many of them still-young golfers who grew up watching and idolizing him – slowly fell by the wayside. Not one, not two, not three but four of his competitors hit shots into Rae’s Creek on the 12th hole alone. It was as if it was meant to be.
As Tiger navigated the carnage, he emerged with a back-nine lead he never relinquished, allowing him to have a safe and sweet walk up the packed 18th fairway to a victory he has for so long hoped would come his way.
As he made a safe bogey to win by one over a trio of young stars, he hugged nearly everyone in his path, including his mother, daughter and son, hugs of joy and relief, his arms raised in stunning triumph.
It was almost unbelievable that it had been less than two years since his alarming DUI mug shot, and a year and a half since he said he couldn’t get off the couch to watch his kids play soccer because of back pain. And nearly 10 years after his well-publicized personal scandal. That seems like ancient history now, doesn’t it?
There were concerns he would never be able to walk normally again, much less play golf.
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world leaders and some of the most decorated sports figures alike flooded social media yesterday to congratulate Woods after he clinched his fifth Masters title, writes Reuters.
“Congratulations to @TigerWoods,” tweeted U.S. President Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump), who earlier this year played golf with the Woods. “A truly Great Champion!”
“Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!,” he added later.
“Congratulations, Tiger!” wrote former President Barack Obama (@BarackObama). “To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.”
Woods, who had not clinched a major title in over 10 years, won by just one stroke on a day filled with wild swings in the leader board.
He now has 15 major titles to his name, second only to golf great Jack Nicklaus, who has won 17.
“A big ‘well done’ from me to @TigerWoods!” tweeted Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus). “I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!!!”
Entering the day tied for second with fellow American Tony Finau at 11 under par, Woods produced a steady performance to overtake the field.
“I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other,” tweeted 23-times tennis major winner Serena Williams (@serenawilliams). “Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? Wow Congrats a million times! I am so inspired thank you buddy.”
Three-time NBA championship winner Stephen Curry called the performance the “greatest comeback story in sports.”