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SportsIt Had to be Augusta: Tiger Completes His Comeback Where It All Began

15:20  15 april  2019
15:20  15 april  2019 Source:   si.com

Tiger starts strong with 2-under 70 at the Masters

Tiger starts strong with 2-under 70 at the Masters Tiger Woods carded a 2-under 70 in Round 1 of the Masters to get off to a strong start in his hunt for a fifth green jacket. 

After the impossible had settled in and the raw joy and relief had started to subside, Tiger Woods choked back the tears as he reflected on the 22 years that separated that first electric victory at Augusta and this iconic Masters win that immortalised his Glory where it began all those years ago.

He scaled Augusta National this weekend for the fifth time,1 holding off a number of contenders, some of whom grew up watching him transcend the sport “Maybe the son of golf has returned,” broadcaster and former Masters champion Nick Faldo said as Woods left the 17th green. It had been 3,954 days

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — It happened here. It had to be here.

The completion of golf’s most unlikely comeback wasn’t going to happen at Carnoustie, a browned-out course on the distant shores of Scotland. It wasn’t going to happen at Bellerive, amid the oppressive heat of late summer in the midwest.

Nope. There is only one venue fit for the belief-defying, faith-inspiring spectacle that played out on Sunday: Augusta National Golf Club.

Koepka the betting favorite after brilliant Round 1 at Augusta

Koepka the betting favorite after brilliant Round 1 at Augusta It's become a regular occurrence to see Brooks Koepka atop the leaderboard at a major championship, and that's the case once again after Round 1 at the Masters. After firing a 31 on the back nine to tie Bryson DeChambeau with a 6-under 66, Koepka is listed as the new 4-1 betting favorite by Bodog to win the Masters. Dustin Johnson, who sits two shots off the pace, is next at 6-1, with co-leader DeChambeau coming in at 13-2. Jon Rahm sits at 11-1 after posting a 3-under 69 on Thursday, while Tiger Woods also holds those odds after opening with a 2-under 70. Phil Mickelson follows behind at 14-1 after blitzing the back nine at Augusta to shoot a 5-under 67.

The comeback is complete . Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title. The 43-year-old Woods shot a Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau. The wind has picked up at Augusta National over the last few hours with potential thunderstorms bearing down

The CBS network has canceled “Sunday Morning’’ in order to show Sunday Morning at Augusta In the past three days, old Tiger has become Tiger of old. His opening-round 70 was solid, but We stood at Torrey Pines on a hill overlooking the Pacific and watched a sun that was beginning to settle.

It’s where, 22 years ago, he blew away his competition to show the entire world what the next global sporting icon looked like. It’s where, 18 years ago, he won his fourth straight major at the absolute height of his powers.

It’s where, on Sunday, he reminded us to never, ever, ever doubt him again.

Pinch yourself. Do it again. Now, one more time. It’s real. Tiger Woods—43-year-old Tiger Woods, with a fused back and a rebuilt golf swing and a closet overflowing with skeletons—is the Masters champion. His closing two-under 70 and –13 total was good for a one-shot victory over Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.

“It’s just unreal,” Woods said, conveying so much in three simple words.

Yes, this is Woods’ fifth victory at Augusta and his 15th major championship, but this was unprecedented in so many ways. Chief among them: this was the first time Woods won a major without holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead. A comeback to complete a comeback.

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(AP) — The comeback is complete . Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title. Now, he’ s back on top with his first green jacket at Augusta National since 2005. In a final round that was played in Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau.

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And what a comeback it was. Off the course, yes. But also on it.

The best way to describe this frenetic day at Augusta National is to revisit the leaderboard at around 1:30 p.m.—six hours earlier than when this scenario usually plays out, as tee times were moved up to avoid a storm that didn’t dare show its face until Tiger finished the damn thing—when seven players were within a stroke of the lead.

There was Francesco Molinari, the machine-like British Open champion who did not show anything resembling weakness until finding the water on No. 12. There was Schauffele, the star-in-waiting who was 3 years old when Tiger first won here. There was Koepka, the unflappable beast who feasts on major championships with Darwinian voracity. And there was Johnson, and Patrick Cantlay, and Jason Day.

And there was Tiger, exuding a sense of serenity that juxtaposed the threatening Georgia skies.

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The comeback is complete . Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title. The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau. Augusta National has stayed dry, but rain is bearing down on the course and could play a factor on

AUGUSTA , Ga. (AP) - The comeback is complete . Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau. This is the first time Woods has ever come from behind on the final day to win a major championship, leaving him three behind Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18

“I just felt so prepared coming into this event. This year, my finish didn’t really reflect it, but I was starting to shape the golf ball the way that I know I can. Which I needed this week.”

Buoyed by that deep confidence, he did not press after bogeying the No. 5 for the fourth day in a row. He did not panic after missing three putts of 10 feet or less on the front nine. He did not worry as stars of yesterday, of today, and tomorrow made birdie after birdie after eagle after birdie. He knew he had more holes left than anybody else, more chances to put his unparalleled knowledge of this place to use.

“I just said, keep plodding along, and then next thing you know, I see Brooksy make a mistake at 12.”

Brooksy wasn’t the only one.

After watching Koepka, Ian Poulter, Molinari and Tony Finau rinse their tee shots at 12, Woods took an extra club and aimed safely left. Two-putt par. He then carved a perfect draw around the corner at 13, leaving just 161 yards into the par 5. Two-putt birdie. Then he played to the fat part of the par-5 15th green with his second. Another two-putt birdie. At that point, this pipe dream morphed into a more-likely-than-not scenario. The tournament was his to take as he stepped to the 16th tee.

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The comeback is complete . Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title. The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau. Augusta National has stayed dry, but rain is bearing down on the course and could play a factor on

AUGUSTA , Ga. — The comeback is complete . Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title. Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau. But the Italian self-destructed on the back side, dunking two balls in the water on the way to double-bogeys at the 12th

Ah, yes, No. 16. It’s where, 14 years ago, Woods—wearing the same blood-red “mock turtleneck” shirt as he did Sunday—chipped in from an impossible position en route to green jacket No. 4. He made birdie there again Sunday, employing that same slope he did 5,117 days ago to funnel his 8-iron into tap-in range. In hindsight, that’s the shot that secured green jacket No. 5.

When he holed the final putt, a two-footer for bogey on 18, Woods pumped both arms aggressively into the air. It’s impossible to overstate how far he’s come from his lowest point, which he’s described over and over: lying in bed, unable to stand and wondering if he’d ever be able to live pain-free, let alone play the game that made Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods.

“[My] kids are staring to understand how much this game means to me, and some of the things I’ve done in the game. Prior to the comeback, they only knew that golf caused me a lot of pain.”

Adrenaline likely subdued any pain Tiger had on No. 18. Woods walked off the green as patrons took off their hats and waved them in earnest appreciation. Applause and shouts simply didn’t suffice. This man, this moment, deserved more. He was ecstatic as he hugged his children, who flew in last night per dad’s request. He had a feeling about today. He answered umpteen questions about his round, his comeback, his “impact,” with a smile on his face.

John Daly: Tiger Woods will break Jack Nicklaus’ major record

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(AP) - The comeback is complete . Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title. The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under 70 for one-stroke victory Sunday Woods showed he still had the game to compete with the world' s best when he triumphed in last year' s Tour Championship, his first victory of any kind

AUGUSTA , Ga. (AP) — - The comeback is complete . The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under 70 for one-stroke victory Sunday and his 15th major championship. But it was his first since the 2008 U. S . Open, capping a remarkable recovery from debilitating injuries and embarrassing personal problems.

But here’s what he wouldn’t do: cry. No matter how hard media members tried, Woods wouldn’t budge. This was no ceremonial victory, no swan song. The comeback chapter of his life is now complete—truly complete, with no disrespect meant toward the Tour Championship—freeing him up to chase Jack’s record of 18 majors, which just four days ago looked so very safe.

Now you can say it. You can scream it from the rooftops. Tiger Woods is back. And if the back surgeries didn’t finish him, if the off-the-course issues didn't finnish him, and if the decade-long drought didn’t finish him…what makes you think he’ll stop now?

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