Tiger Woods calls Masters win 'unreal', says he's happy family saw win

Those were three of the main ingredients in Tiger Woods' remarkable Masters victory at Augusta.

It was only two years ago at Augusta National that Woods needed a nerve block just to hobble upstairs to the Champions Dinner, unsure he would ever play another round of golf.

Written off as too old and too beaten up from four back surgeries and multiple knee operations, Woods underwent a back fusion procedure in 2017 and slowly returned to form.

So while I still don't think he catches 18, it is - this feels impossible but is actually true! - at least conceivable that he does. In the days before the Masters, someone placed an $85,000 bet on Woods donning the green jacket.

Last year's green jacket recipient, Patrick Reed, finished 15 under par in 2018.

As we've seen in the last 24 hours when it comes to Tiger Woods, nothing should be discounted.

An all-American trio of three-time major victor Brooks Koepka, world number two Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele shared second on 276.

"I was trying to push myself, but I feel like I got a very full Masters experience here in my second year".

The director of trading for the United Kingdom-based company's US operations, Bogdanovich told USA Today that the sportsbook took an overall loss of "seven figures" on Woods' win, his first at the Masters since 2005 and first major of any kind since 2008.

Woods hugged his mother Kultida and children Sam and Charlie, who were waiting greenside, amid chants of "Tiger, Tiger" from the vast crowds thronging the green and the clubhouse.

"I couldn't lay down, I couldn't do much of anything". I really couldn't so much of anything.

By contrast, there has only ever been one hole-in-one at the fourth, by Jeff Sluman in 1992.

"Congratulations to Tiger Woods, a truly Great Champion!" Fenway Park posted the news on the scoreboard.

Then it is the British Open, at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, where nobody in this year's field has played a tournament. Whether he can dominate it again is still to be determined.

All those moments built to Sunday, when Woods was once again his old familiar dominating self.

Thomas reacted by accepting a high-five from playing companion Phil Mickelson.

Check out the audio below as Colin talks about how far fetched Sunday was when you really think about the impact Woods orchestrated in uniting the country to almost unanimously root for him on Sunday when he has so displayed so many classic characteristics of an individual who should probably be despised.

"Prior to the comeback they only knew golf caused me a lot of pain". "This stuff is hard".

Such talk, while Woods battled a potentially career-ending back injury, was widely dismissed as little more than politeness from someone who could hardly say anything else. He lost his health to back problems.

The ad ends with, "I'm gonna beat Jack Nicklaus".

None of those above him had tasted success at one of golf's most feted venues. "This is just fantastic".

"You know, I felt like I just flushed it coming home, which was a nice feeling".

"We were a small loser to Tiger before the start but were able to fade it over the course of the tournament", Rood said. "So we're getting closer".

Woods finally found time to respond to all his well-wishers late on Sunday night.

Woods continued his pursuit but his two shot lead was proved to be tighter than anyone thought.

And that's when all hell broke loose. Until then, Molinari had never trailed in a round that began early in threesomes to finish ahead of storms.

Another key factor, Watson said, is Woods' health.

Schauffele failed to birdie the par-5 15th and scrambled for pars the rest of the way for a 68.

The Players' Championship takes the lead there this year with a total purse of $12.5 million and a $2.25 million prize for the victor. His birdie putt on the 18th from just outside 10 feet missed, and he had to settle for a 70. "You want to go toe-to-toe with them". I gave it my best so I am proud of that'.

Woods was greeted by fellow players at the clubhouse after he'd put the finishing touches on his fifth career Masters win and first since 2005, his first major championship win since 2008.

This was one is sure to at least rival it. "My dad was here in 1997 and now I'm the dad with two kids there", he said.

Molinari took a drop on 12th after looking on course for another major win. Woods won there in 2000 by a record 15 shots, even with a triple bogey in the third round. "I learned from those, and was able to seal the deal today". I've always absolutely loved playing here, from the time I was 13.

He looked like a new man, making new memories.

Ella Dorsey, a weather presenter for Atlanta's CBS46, said she was bombarded with "death threats" after cutting into Tiger Woods' Masters victory to make a tornado warning.

  • Rosalie Stanley