Tiger Woods claws his way back to the top

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Tiger Woods has claimed the fifth green jacket of his career after winning the Masters at Augusta National this past Sunday.

“It’s overwhelming, because of what has transpired. Last year I was lucky to be playing again. ”

The future hall of fame golfer has had to deal with a series of career-threatening injuries dating back to 2008 including three major back surgeries.

Coming into the tournament, Woods had not won a major tournament on the PGA Tour since 2008 when he won the U.S. Open with a torn ACL.

“It’s overwhelming, because of what has transpired. Last year I was lucky to be playing again. At the previous champions dinner I was really struggling. To now be the champion. Unreal for me to experience this. I couldn’t be more happy and excited. I’m at a loss for words.” said Woods following his win at the 2019 Masters.

He now sits just one tournament win shy of Sam Snead’s record for most career wins in PGA history with 81 and three wins back of Jack Nicklaus’ record for most major championship wins with 15.

Austin Lee

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Tiger Woods a Master’s champion once again.

Tiger Woods rallied to win the Master’s for his fifth time Sunday at Augusta National, in Georgia. Wood’s had gone nearly 11 years since winning his last major. Spending his last few years suffering from back injuries that kept him unable to get out of bed, let alone swing a club.

“Probably one of the biggest wins I’ve had”

Wood’s had serious doubts after what he had gone through a couple years ago, saying “I could barely walk. I couldn’t sit. Couldn’t lay down. I really couldn’t do anything. To have the opportunity to come back and win like this, it’s probably one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had for sure because of it.”

Wood’s closed the tournament with a 2-under 70 for a one-shot victory on the back nine setting off a scene of pure emotion. It was his 81st victory on the PGA Tour, one title away from the career record held by Sam Snead.

Hannah Lepine