Tiger Woods Takes the Masters in a Win for the Ages

April 14, 2019

Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Georgia. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Georgia.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods’ comeback from personal and professional adversity is complete: He captured his fifth Masters title and his 15th major tournament Sunday, snapping a championship drought of nearly 11 years.

It was a monumental triumph for Woods, who had not won a major championship since his personal life began to unravel on Thanksgiving night in 2009, when a marital dispute led to a car accident and a succession of lurid tabloid headlines. On the golf course, he had a series of back and leg injuries that led to an addiction to painkillers and culminated in pain so searing that, before surgery in 2017, he had questioned whether he could play professionally again.

Woods, who at 43 became the second-oldest winner of the Masters at Augusta National, after the then 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus in 1986, last achieved major success in one of golf’s four major tournaments at the 2008 U.S. Open.
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