Tiger Woods’ Masters win completes redemption story

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Will Sieracki, Reporter

    The final group was in the 15th fairway at the Masters, and Francesco Molinari looked like the safe bet to win. Molinari had a two shot advantage, and he came very close, but not close enough. His shot on the par-3 12th rolled into the water, and with that came a double bogey. It was the first time Molinari had trailed in the round, and it was from there that all hell broke loose in Georgia. It came down to a five way tie for the lead, and that’s where Tiger Woods took the lead and didn’t look back. Molinari scored his second straight double bogey after his shot clipped a tree and fell into the water. Woods got a birdie and his first lead of the final round. He secured the lead for good on the next hole with a birdie, and gave him a two shot lead with just two holes left to play. It would’ve taken a miracle for anyone to catch Woods, and nobody did. Dustin Johnson made three consecutive birdies, but it was too little and too late for Johnson. Xander Schauffele scored a 68 after failing to birdie the 15th hole, getting pars the rest of the way. With Johnson and Schauffele out of the way, the only golfer left with a shot was Brooks Koepka. He hit into the water on the 12th hole but rallied with an eagle on the 13th and barely missed an eagle on the 15th. He needed a putt from outside ten feet on the 18th hole for birdie, and it never had a chance.

 

     This win for Woods was the capstone on an unprecedented comeback; not only in the tournament, but in his life as well. From his well-documented marital problems and the loss of nearly all his endorsements to multiple back and wrist injuries and a DUI arrest back in 2017, Woods went from being the top golfer in the world to a fallen former star with seemingly no chance of getting his game back. His back injuries prevented him from getting out of bed certain days. It seemed to Woods and lots of fans at the 2017 Masters that his career was over when he needed a nerve block just to be able to walk to the Champions Dinner. Eleven years had passed since Woods’ last major win and it had been fourteen years since the last time he put on the famous green jacket. And the stunning fashion in which he won this year made it worth the wait. To make the win even more historic, Woods, 43, became the second oldest Masters winner of all time since Jack Nicklaus in 1986 at the age of 46. This win was Woods’ 15th overall, and he only needs three more to tie Nicklaus’ record. Can he pull it off or maybe even break the record? We’ll have to wait and see, but fans all over the world would love to see him do it.