Redemption! Tiger Woods Wins Masters After 11 Years Without A Major Title
He's done it. One of the greatest comeback stories in sport is complete.
Tiger Woods has won the 2019 Masters tournament.
It's the 43-year-old golf legend's fifth green jacket at Augusta National, and his 15th Major title, which places him second on the all-time list behind Jack Nicklaus, who has 18.
But this victory is not about sporting numbers or the $2 milllion winner's cheque. For Woods, and for sports lovers around the world, it's about redemption. About the best being the best again.
Woods had a spectacular fall from public grace in 2009, ironically after he won a tournament in Melbourne called the Australian Masters.
Woods was outed for having numerous extramarital affairs which eventually cost him his marriage to Elin Nordegren. The pair divorced in 2010.
His on-again, off-again golf career sputtered along in these years, as the man who held the world's number one ranking for more than 10 years plummeted from view.
Woods had severe back injuries -- he underwent four back operations -- and other injury concerns. Then in 2017, he was arrested for driving under the influence, after he was found asleep in his car with the engine still running.
But Woods persisted with golf and took to Augusta National this week as the world number 12, looking fitter and leaner than he had in years.
His golf game proved to be in great shape too. And although he only won the 2019 Masters by one stroke -- compare that to his first win in 1997 when the margin was a record 12 strokes -- most golf watchers are already calling this his greatest victory.
Woods has five Masters titles now, the second most ever behind Nicklaus. Interestingly, Nicklaus won his sixth and final Masters title in 1986, at the age of 46. That came 11 years after his previous one. There's every chance Tiger could now pass him.
From an Aussie perspective, Jason Day was the top Aussie in a tie for fifth, just two strokes behind Woods. The one-time Major winner will rue a double bogey on the par-five 15th hole in the third round, when he appeared to lose concentration.