AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — No comeback by means of Tiger Woods was once ever going to be entire with out a main.
Now the query turns into what number of extra he can win.
Such a lot enchantment of that crimson blouse underneath a inexperienced jacket concerned taking a look again in any respect Woods had to triumph over to succeed in that second — a Masters champion as soon as once more — that such a lot of idea would by no means occur.
The fourth surgical treatment to rebuild his left knee. The non-public affairs that become public, shattering his symbol. The balky again that required 4 extra surgical procedures, the remaining one out of desperation as a result of he may just slightly stroll, a lot much less play golfing. And a brand new era of stars he impressed who had been more youthful, more potent and succesful.
That is why Woods celebrated his 15th main like by no means ahead of — fist pumps with out a membership in his hand, as a result of he could not assist himself strolling off the 18th inexperienced.
“Overwhelming,” he stated with a voice nonetheless hoarse from all that screaming.
He went 28 majors over 11 years with out successful, and no quicker did he stretch his hands into that acquainted inexperienced jacket — “Ah, it suits,” he stated in Butler Cabin — was once he requested concerning the 18 majors Jack Nicklaus gained to set the gold same old in golfing.
“I do not know if he is fearful or no longer,” Woods stated. “I am positive he is house simply chilling and looking at.”
Whether or not the file is in play, Nicklaus can be expecting various questions. For years, he may just hardly get via any dialog with out anyone asking him whether or not he idea Woods may just most sensible his mark.
“I believed for a very long time that he was once going to win once more,” Nicklaus stated Sunday evening on Golfing Channel. “The following two majors are at Bethpage, the place he has gained, and at Pebble Seashore, the place he has gained. So, he has were given me shaking in my boots, guys.”
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Woods successful his 5th Masters was once no longer fully suddenly. He capped the 12 months of his nice comeback remaining 12 months by means of successful the Excursion Championship in conventional Tiger style, by means of construction a lead on a tricky, rapid direction at East Lake and no longer giving somebody a lot of an opportunity to catch him. He additionally in brief led Sunday within the British Open, and was once one shot at the back of at the again 9 on the PGA Championship.
“The win at East Lake was once a large self assurance booster for me as a result of I had come shut remaining 12 months a pair occasions,” Woods stated. “Nonetheless must get it around the end line, and I did not slightly do it.”
So, believe the impact of successful the Masters, particularly the best way this one performed out. Six avid gamers had a minimum of a proportion of the lead at one level at the again 9 — 4 of them main champions — and there was once a five-way tie for the lead when the overall team was once within the 15th fairway.
It was once somebody’s recreation till Francesco Molinari, who previous hit Eight-iron in Rae’s Creek at the 12th hollow for double bogey, hit a wedge off a tree limb and into the water at the par-Five 15th that resulted in double bogey.
After which it become Woods’ recreation — a two-putt birdie to take the lead, an Eight-iron that rolled down the slope subsequent to the outlet for a signature second at this Masters.
“Neatly, I will win majors now,” Woods stated with amusing.
The PGA Championship is a month away at Bethpage Black, the place Woods was once dominant as ever in going wire-to-wire within the 2002 U.S. Open, and was once proper there with an opportunity within the 2009 U.S. Open aside from for a putter that refused to cooperate.
After which it is the U.S. Open in June at Pebble Seashore. If the Masters is probably the most memorable of his 15 majors, Pebble Seashore stays his largest efficiency. Woods gained there in 2000 by means of a file 15 photographs, even with a triple bogey within the 3rd spherical. Ten years later, he tied for fourth on the U.S. Open at Pebble, 3 photographs at the back of.
The lessons are acquainted. Woods is acquainted with successful majors.
However it is not that straightforward.
Woods was once 24 when he gained the U.S. Open at Pebble, and 26 once we gained at Bethpage Black. Now he is 43.
As dynamic as this Masters was once for Woods, it was once arduous paintings and he wanted assist — from Molinari at the 12th and 15th holes, from a few just right bounces out of the bushes. That is not extraordinary. Each main champion wishes a damage or two.
Attending to 18 is best more uncomplicated as a result of Woods is one main nearer, a dialog caddie Joe LaCava stated they have got shared.
“We are on 14 and I stated, ‘Let’s get to 15.’ You’ll be able to’t be on 14 and interested by 18,” LaCava stated. “However now we will get started speaking about 16. So we are getting nearer.”
Nicklaus can best watch and recognize, which he has performed all alongside. And a part of him is cheering.
“I do not ever pull in opposition to any one,” Nicklaus stated. “No one desires their file to be damaged. However I surely would not need Tiger to be harm and no longer so that you can do it. In fact, he’s now beautiful wholesome and taking part in neatly. I want him neatly, I all the time want the blokes neatly and I need them to play their highest.”
That is what Nicklaus noticed at Augusta Nationwide.
And that’s the reason most certainly what everybody will be expecting from Woods the remainder of the 12 months.
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