It was absolute pandemonium on the 18th hole as Tiger Woods made his way to the green knowing he had two putts to win his first Masters title since
It was absolute pandemonium on the 18th hole as Tiger Woods made his way to the green knowing he had two putts to win his first Masters title since 2005.
And then the whole place erupted with emotion, with Woods pulling out his trademark fist pump but clearly with some extra relief after the long wait for his 15th major.
It has been a long road to recovery for the 43-year-old, one which he thought was nearly impossible just two years ago.
But a remarkable return from injury in 2018 yielded a win at the season-ending Tour Championship, leading to hopes and expectation that he could challenge for a major in 2019.
And he managed it at the first attempt, rolling back the clock with a steely and pure world class final round.
Woods didn’t give away a drop of emotion throughout the final round, maintaining his cool when others around him were faltering.
But as soon as he drained the putt on the 18th to give him the green jacket, all those pent up emotions were let out with one loud roar.
After embracing his caddie, Joe LaCava, Woods then went up the hill to where his family were waiting for warm and emotional embraces with his son, mother, daughter and girlfriend.
Both of Woods’ kids, 10-year-old Charlie and 11-year-old daughter Sam, were from his previous marriage with Elin Nordegren.
Having his kids there to see him win a major for the first time in their lifetime clearly was extra special to the 43-year-old.
“I’m lost for words. My Dad shouldn’t have been here in 1997 because he was recovering from surgery. And now my little boy Charlie, the embrace is just special,” he said.
“Sam lost a state soccer championship yesterday so I convinced her to come up and watch the Masters and luckily I was able to win.”