Tiger Woods may be able to claim greatest comeback of 2019 atleast, securing his fifth Masters title and 15th major title this weekend after overcoming a career-threatening back injury. Woods pushed his way through a packed leaderboard, winning by one shot at Augusta for his first major title in 11 years and first Masters since 2005.
Woods said in Green Jacket Ceremony, “It’s overwhelming just because of what has transpired. Last year I was very lucky to be playing again. At the previous Champions Dinner, I was really struggling and missed a couple of years of not playing this great tournament, and now I’m the champion.”
He continued, “Twenty-two years between wins, it’s a long time, and it’s unreal for me to experience this. My Mom was here, she was there in 1997 as well. I’m just so happy and excited and I’m at a loss for words.”
Woods has had a treacherous return to golf in recent years, trying to recover from multiple back surgeries. The most recent was two years ago, two weeks after Woods attended the annual Champions Dinner at Augusta National, and reportedly needed a pain-relieving shot to endure the trip.
At one point, Woods believed his career was over and that he’d never play competitive golf again. “I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple of years ago. I could barely walk. I couldn’t sit. Couldn’t lay down. I really couldn’t do much of anything. Luckily, I had the procedure on my back, which gave me a chance of having a normal life. But then all of a sudden, I realized I could actually swing a golf club again.”
Next up for #TigerWoods is preparation for the PGA Championship, which has been moved to May this year and will be played at Bethpage Black In New York. He is also expecting to play the Wells Fargo Championship in three weeks.
Congratulations Tiger! What a great comeback!