Time is right for GM to bring back Tiger Woods
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Apr 16, 2019,
Apr 16, 2019, 0:15
He won the tournament by a single stoke, sinking a foot-long putt on the 18th hole and pumping his right fist before throwing his arms up in the air as tousands of fans on hand erupted in chants of "Tiger!".
Two years before dominating the field at Bethpage Black, Woods atomized the competition at the famed seaside course in California, winning the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 strokes (a record for a major championship), finishing as the only golfer below par and becoming the first U.S. Open champion to end up double digits under par.
Eleven years since his last triumph at a major and 14 years since he had last donned the Green Jacket, Woods finished one shot ahead of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele to secure a 15 major.
He scooped up 10-year-old Charlie, born a year after Woods won his 14th major at Torrey Pines in the 2008 U.S Open.
Woods still hadn't won a major since his playoff win at Torrey Pines, but a year ago he was in contention in the final two at the British Open and PGA Championship.
This is a breaking news story. Woods regularly played practice matches with them as he sought to ascertain whether his body would allow him to be competitive again.
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.
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"I've played enough with him and know that he was playing well enough and I thought [Sunday] was going to be big in how he handled it, " Thomas said. This year, my finishes don't really reflect it, but I was starting to shape the golf ball the way that I know I can, which I needed for this week. "If I tried to swing a club I would be on the ground and I struggled for years, and that's basically all they remember", he said. "Couldn't be happier for him, what a great day for golf", said Rory McIlroy.
A collector struck at the flawless time to own a piece of Tiger Woods history, winning an auction Saturday to own Woods' backup putter from 2000.
"The win at East Lake was a big confidence booster for me because I had come close previous year a couple times", Woods said.
"East Lake was a big step for me, confirming that I could still win out here and against the best players. I always felt like I could do pretty much anything physically, but for a while there, I just couldn't even walk".
Like countless other athletes, the New York Giants star smashed the retweet button to express his amazement and respect for Woods as the final round unfolded on Sunday afternoon. I really couldn't so much of anything.
"Luckily I've had the procedure where that's no longer the case and I can do this again".
Five things you may have missed amid the history-making excitement of Tiger Woods' fifth Masters Tournament, 15th major, and 81st PGA TOUR victory. But I was able to handle the heat down the stretch and pull off some of my best shots.