By Mahlon Steepleton
Tiger Woods has been at some of the lowest points of his entire career in the last 11 years. That was until what some thought was impossible happened: Woods won The 2019 Masters Championship on April 14 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
The win came the day before the 21st anniversary of his first major championship win at The Masters on April 13, 1997. His 12-stroke margin of victory is still a tournament record. Woods is also the youngest to ever win the Masters at 21 years and 104 days old.
Woods was once again a champion and back on top of the golf world. He won with a score of -13 and a one stroke lead. Woods posted a 70, 68, 67, and 70 to win The Masters. There was a tie for second place with golfers Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Xander Schauffele who were all -12 to par.
Woods only needed a bogey at the 18th hole to clinch the tournament. Woods chipped on and two-putted for the 5, a 2-under-par 70 for the win. It was the first time that Woods had won a major championship when he was trailing after 54 holes. He also became the fifth golfer to have a gap of over a decade between major wins.
The last time Woods won a Major Championship was 11 years ago, when he won the 2008 U.S. Open, playing with a torn ACL. The last time Woods won The Masters Tournament was way back in 2005.
The four men’s Major Championships that the professional golfers play each year are started off with the Masters Tournament in April. Next is the PGA Championship in May, played at various locations in the U.S. The third tournament is the U.S. Open that is usually held in the third weekend of June. The fourth and final major is The Open Championship in July, played in one of 10 locations in the UK.
Woods has one a total of 15 Major championship wins. Jack Nicklaus leads with 18 total major wins, although Woods is the youngest to achieve the Grand Slam (winning the four major championships in the same calendar year). Nicklaus is the only other golfer to do that.
Sophomore Mount Mercy golfer Matt Caulfield was one of those athletes who has followed Woods throughout his entire career and considers him his favorite golfer.
“It was great to see him back on top, proving he is the best to the new generation of golfers,” Caulfield said. “This was a historic day for all sports fans. This is by far the best comeback ever by an athlete and proves that Woods is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All-Time).”
Woods has been through a lot in the last 11 years of his golf career. From 1997 to September 2009, Woods won 14 major titles. He also made $92 million dollars on course earnings.
After 2009, Woods’ career started to go downhill. He had off-the-course trouble when he was caught cheating on his estranged wife, Elin, and took a self-imposed hiatus from professional golf from December, 2009 to early April, 2010.
He fell to number 58 on the World Golf Rankings in November 2011. Although he rose back to the number ranking between March 2013 and May 2014. However, Wood’s personal problems again persisted outside of golf with a neck injury, sprained MCL, Achilles injury, and needing to undergo four back surgeries in 2014, 2015, and 2017.
He competed in only one tournament between August 2015 and January 2018. He then fell out of the World’s top 1000 golfers. Woods was also arrested on May 29, 2017 in Jupiter Island, Florida near his home at around for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Golfers and athletes around the world marveled at how Woods pulled off one of the greatest comeback in sports history by overcoming a lot of personal obstacles and some impossible odds.
Woods will try and go for Majors win number 16 when he and the rest of the professional golfers play in the PGA Championship that is being held this upcoming May in the U.S.