After fourteen years, Tiger Woods has finally secured his fifth green jacket at The Masters. Woods secured the green jacket with a two shot deficit and a margin of just one stroke, with Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Xander Schauffele as runner-ups. Woods is now second only to Jack Nicklaus, who has won six Masters. Woods trailed the entire tournament except for the final round, where he finally took the lead and clinched the win with a bogey on the final hole.
The road to a fifth green jacket was anything but easy for Woods, with his 2008 U.S. Open win being his last major title. Many have attributed his drought to the various scandals he has been involved in and multiple injuries. In 2009 news broke that he was having an affair, leaving his personal life in pieces and many of his sponsors wiping him from their list. In 2017, Woods was arrested for driving under the influence. Scandals aside, Woods has still suffered from various injuries that began all the way back in 1994, three years before his first Masters win. His injuries included: removal of a tumor on his left knee, removal of cysts from his left knee, reconstructive surgery on his left knee, back surgery to repair a pinched nerve, and back surgery to remove a disc fragment.
As Woods made his final put, his fans and golf fans alike were touched when he passionately hugged his son Charlie Woods. The scene was almost an exact replica of when Woods won his first ever Masters, in which his own father, who was recovering from a heart attack, ran up to hug his son. The cycle has come full circle, and he has cemented his name and story in golf history as one of the greats.
Claire Coburn is an Intern Writer for Pub Sports Radio.