Tiger Woods has captured his 15th major championship, winning his fifth green jacket at the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
There was a time in the not too distant past that it seemed unfathomable that the previous phrase would ever be uttered by anyone of sound mind. The greatest golfer that most of us have ever witnessed was broken, both professionally and personally over the past decade and due to the social media era that we live in, it all occurred in the public eye.
After a magical Sunday at one of sports’ most majestic settings, Tiger emerged from the patrons’ roars — and a crowded leaderboard that was stacked with the modern luminaries of the game — as the champion. He also found his son Charlie, daughter Sam and mother Tida awaiting his arrival.
When he tapped in for his one-shot victory, Woods bested Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffle.
“Just unreal, to be honest with you,” Woods said. “Just the whole tournament has meant so much to me over the years. Coming here in ’95 for the first time, and being able to play as an amateur. Winning in ’97 and then come full circle 22 years later, to be able to do it again. And just the way it all transpired today.”
The victory was the 81st of Woods’ PGA Tour career following his win last September at the TOUR Championship, leaving him one shy of Sam Snead’s record 82 wins.
“There were so many different scenarios that could have transpired on that back nine. There were so many guys who had a chance to win. Leaderboard was absolutely packed and everyone was playing well. You couldn’t have had more drama than we all had out there.”
In his past 14 major victories, Woods had never won when he did not have at least a share of the lead going in to the final round, so it only makes sense that he would complete his comeback with a comeback victory.
“This has meant so much to me and my family, this tournament, and to have everyone here, it’s something I’ll never, ever forget.”
The PGA Tour’s new schedule has the PGA Championship contested in May, meaning it is likely that the next time fans will see Tiger play is the Wells Fargo Championship, the first week of May at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte.
As for the upcoming majors, this year’s PGA Championship is at Bethpage Black in New York where Woods won the 2002 U.S. Open and the 2019 U.S. Open in June returns to Pebble Beach, the site of Tiger’s historic 15-stroke victory from the summer of 2000.
After witnessing history on Sunday morning at Augusta National, it is safe to say that anything is possible … even the magic number 18.