Tiger Woods gained the US Masters golf event on Sunday, greater than a decade after his earlier victory in one of many sport’s “main” championships following a interval dogged by severe harm and private turmoil.
The triumph was his 15th main win in an illustrious profession, however his first since 2008. It marks a exceptional comeback for the American athlete who as soon as dominated golf to turn out to be one of the crucial marketable sporting stars on this planet.
Woods completed 13 beneath par for the event, a single shot forward of a trio of compatriots, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele.
It represented his fifth win on the well-known Augusta course, 22 years since Woods’ first Masters victory. The victory places him simply three behind the all-time report of main championship victories held by Jack Nicklaus.
“It’s overwhelming, simply because what has transpired,” stated Woods in the course of the presentation of the inexperienced jacket, the prize handed to the annual event’s victor.
“Final yr, I used to be fortunate to be enjoying once more . . . to now be the champion, 22 years between wins, it’s a very long time. However it’s simply unreal for me to expertise this.”
Woods celebrates victory on the 18th inexperienced © AP
Over the previous decade, Woods suffered a collection of accidents which made him plummet down golf’s rankings and threatened his future within the sport.
A droop in kind additionally coincided with revelations of his extramarital affairs in 2009, which led to the breakdown of his marriage. In 2017, he pleaded responsible to reckless driving after being arrested close to his residence in Florida after being present in his automobile beneath the affect of pharmaceuticals.
Regardless of the non-public setbacks, Woods has lengthy been one of many sporting world’s most bankable stars.
In keeping with Forbes, he earned $43.3m from endorsements from teams together with sportswear model Nike, watchmaker Rolex and golf gear producer TaylorMade in 2018 alone. This compares to only $1.3m in prize cash from competing in tournaments over the yr.
Forbes estimates that he has earned $1.5bn since turning skilled in 1996, the overwhelming majority gained from sponsors.
Aged 43, Woods has remained enticing to company teams due to his earlier report and reminiscences of his spectacular play, lengthy after what seemed to be the perfect years of his enjoying profession.
He stayed within the hunt for this yr’s Masters over the opening three days. On Sunday, he chased down Italy’s Francesco Molinari, who had led in the beginning of the ultimate spherical earlier than an implosion over the ultimate few holes allowed Woods to triumph in dramatic style
Requested how this Masters victory ranks alongside his different main championships, Woods stated: “This may be up there. It’s one of many hardest I’ve ever needed to win.”