Golf history in the making

Lauren Hancock, Staff Writer

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Tiger Woods has described his fifth Masters win as “surreal.” Many people are describing this victory as the greatest sporting comeback of all time. This was Woods’ first major win in 11 years, as his last Masters win was in 2005. Tiger underwent spinal fusion surgery and had many personal problems that distracted from his iconic golf career.
After his bogey on the 18th hole of the tournament, Woods immediately went over and embraced his son and the rest of his family, just like how he had famously hugged his father after his first Masters win back in 1997.
Francesco Molinari, the Italian golfer who had beaten the American at the 2018 Open Championship, looked like he was going to do it again during the fourth round. Incoming bad weather had caused the leaders, including Tiger, to start earlier that day. During the challenging fourth hole, Molinari hit the ball into the water, giving Tiger an opening to snag the lead. Towards the end of the day, there were five or six golfers that were getting up to the first-place position, causing a tight race for the green jacket. Woods “hit some of his best shots all week” at the tournament, which allowed him to climb to the top of the leaderboard.
Only fellow American, Jack Nicklaus, is ahead of Woods, with six Masters wins. Woods joined him in winning a masters in three different decades. Tiger Woods had plunged to outside the top 1000 golfers in 2017, when his injuries and personal problems plagued him, and he struggled to even get out of bed or take his children to school. At a pre-dinner for Masters champions a couple years ago, he had reportedly said he was done for good. After seeing a specialist in England, he underwent fusion surgery, his fourth back surgery, in the U.S and returned to hitting golf balls at his home in late August 2017.
When Woods reentered the playing scene, he had some success, but this Masters win is definitely the most iconic win in decades for Tiger.

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