Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Tiger Woods a great golfer but no hero to me: Macnow

Tiger Woods a great golfer but no hero to me: Macnow

Woods fired a final-round two-under par 70 to finish on 13-under 275 for a one-shot victory to capture a $2.07 million (€1.82 million) top prize and the green jacket symbolizing Masters supremacy.

Two years before dominating the field at Bethpage Black, Woods atomized the competition at the famed seaside course in California, winning the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 strokes (a record for a major championship), finishing as the only golfer below par and becoming the first U.S. Open champion to end up double digits under par.

One of the most-dominant athletes of all-time paid respect to another, with Serena Williams thanking Tiger Woods for winning the 2019 Masters tournament.

That Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Brooks Koepka, Bernhard Langer and Adam Scott stood to shake the hand of a victorious Tiger Woods as he headed to sign his Sunday scorecard at Augusta National proved a sign of things to come.

"My last three major championships have been pretty good", said Woods on Sunday.

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Woods fought his way back to world No.1 in 2013 but the back issues surfaced the following year.

Woods' career has been side-tracked by injuries and off-the-course issues, but the veteran - who earned his fifth Masters jacket - completed a memorable comeback on Sunday.

"And now I know why I'm balding".

Tiger Woods of the United States chews gum on the second hole during the second round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia.

Woods went from being the number one golfer in the world in May 2014 to be ranked 1,199 in December 2017 and was left nearly unable to tie his own shoelaces after undergoing three back surgeries.

Tiger Woods blazing to victory in his Sunday red at the Masters, a scene once so familiar, was never more stunning.

"I knew back three years ago", DeChambeau said after the final round, which he began with double-bogeys on 10 and 11. "I could barely walk".

"Love people who are great under pressure", Trump wrote. I couldn't sit, couldn't lay down.

Now that Tiger Woods has emerged to be sporting titan of no mean repute, what punctuates his journey to being the greatest of all? MGM had its biggest handle ever for a golf tournament. "I really couldn't do much of anything", Woods afterwards in his news conference.

"Luckily, I had the procedure on my back, which gave me a chance of having a normal life". Woods sprayed his shot well right of the fairway - but was extremely fortunate to have a sightline to the green.

Just two years ago his back pain was so bad Woods thought he might never play again, let alone win another major.

Molinari, who also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in March, added: 'I learnt a lot from today, from the whole week.

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