Here’s another thing Tiger Woods wouldn’t have been able to do the last time he won a major championship: tweet about it.
Woods shared a message with fans on Sunday after winning the Masters, thanking his family, friends, and fans for their support, adding that the opportunity to win another major was “something I will forever be grateful for.”
The family aspect is a very meaningful one for Woods, as his golf career came full circle in a way with his accomplishment on Sunday. This is a day he will certainly never forget.
Tiger Woods captivated the entire sports world by winning his first major title in 11 years on Sunday. That included the two-time defending NBA champions.
After Woods won his fifth career Masters and 15th major overall, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that the team delayed their film session to watch the PGA superstar’s performance, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
That is certainly no small deal with the Warriors currently in the middle of a playoff series against the LA Clippers, which speaks to the draw that the 43-year-old Woods still has.
Woods got some love from another defending champion after the impressive W as well, and it’s a reminder that he can produce buzz and excitement like no other athlete truly can.
Tiger Woods stole the show with his win at the Masters on Sunday, but not too far behind was Tom Brady.
The New England Patriots quarterback, often considered by many to be the greatest quarterback, if not football player, ever, was tweeting throughout the final day of the major. He sent some tweets of support for Tiger and other players:
But he really took his Twitter game to another level after Tiger won. Brady congratulated Tiger on the performance.
Then came the great tweet — he joked about how long it would take him to get to 15 Super Bowl rings.
If there were four Super Bowls available to win each year, Brady might have gotten there. For now, he’ll have to settle for his six rings — the most ever by a player.
There were plenty of people who thought Tiger Woods would never win another major championship, but the 43-year-old had no shortage of confident supporters heading into the Masters this year. For evidence of that, all you have to do is follow the money.
Nick Bogdanovich, the director of trading at the William Hill US, said after Tiger won the Masters that Sunday was the “biggest golf loss ever” for the sportsbook. One bettor won $1.19 million after betting $85,000 on Woods, and there were plenty of others who took home bundles of cash.
At 14-to-1, Woods was tied for the third-best odds to win the Masters before the tournament began. Rory McIlroy was the favorite at 8-to-1, and Dustin Johnson was slightly better than Tiger at 13-to-1. Barring an injury or some unforeseen circumstance, that is not going to happen again.
Based on what Johnson and others said about the support Tiger got at Augusta National, it’s no surprise he had plenty of financial backers as well.
Life has come full circle for Tiger Woods.
22 years ago, in 1997, Woods won the Masters for his first career major. He was just 21 at the time, had recently turned pro, and became the youngest Masters winner ever. Woods celebrated his first career major win by hugging his late father Earl, who died in 2006.
22 years later, in 2019, Woods overcame an 11-year major slump to win his 15th career major. He won at Augusta National once again for his fifth career Masters. This time, his father Earl was no longer around. Instead, Tiger celebrated with his son, Charlie, who never met Earl and had never witnessed his father win a major.
“I’m at a loss for words,” Tiger said of the situation. “My little boy Charlie … the embrace, it’s just special.”
Tiger is now 43 years old and still has time to try and tie Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 career majors. Jack has already offered his support to Tiger. For now, fans will enjoy Tiger finally being back on top.
Jim Nantz often plans out his lines for when something big happens in a sporting event he calls, which is why many were wondering what he would say upon Tiger Woods winning his first major since 2008. Well, Woods won the Masters on Sunday, and we learned what Nantz’s call would be: “return to glory.”
Take a listen to the big moment:
This was Tiger’s fifth career Masters win and 15th major win overall, triggering an outpouring of fan support and celebration. He’s now three majors behind Jack Nicklaus, who offered a message of support for Woods.
Tiger Woods is officially back, and the only man who has won more major championships than him is happy to see it.
Jack Nicklaus, winner of 18 major championships and considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time, was not at Augusta National on Sunday to watch Woods win the Masters. He did, however, send along a message to Tiger immediately after the 43-year-old captured his fifth green jacket.
“A big well done from me to Tiger. I am so happy for him and for the game of golf,” Nicklaus said, as read by Jim Nantz on the CBS broadcast. “This is just fantastic.”
Woods entered the final round two shots back of then-leader Francesco Molinari. The victory marked the first time in his career that he has come from behind in the final round to win a major.
While it will still be extremely difficult for Tiger to break Nicklaus’ record of 18 major wins, his performance at the Masters this year proves he is still capable of playing at an elite level. As long as he can remain healthy, there’s no reason Woods can’t win another major or two before his career is over.
Tiger Woods has accomplished just about everything during his Hall of Fame golf career, but he managed to do something he had never done before en route to winning his 15th major championship on Sunday.
Woods entered the final round at the Masters at 11-under, which was two shots back of then-leader Francesco Molinari. While it may be difficult to believe, Tiger had never come from behind on the final day of a major to win. In his previous 14 victories, four of which came at the Masters, Woods had the lead heading into the final round and never looked back.
Like most winners at Augusta National, Tiger got some help from other players at the top of the leaderboard who made crucial mistakes. That said, it is still remarkable that Sunday was the only time in his career he came from behind to win. What a way to capture your fifth green jacket.
Tiger Woods was married to ex-wife Elin Nordegren the last time he won a major back in 2008. Then his golf career was derailed after she discovered he was cheating on her. Nothing was a better symbol of how much his life has changed since then than the group there to support him as he attempted to win his first major since 2008 — and fifth Masters overall.
Woods’ mother, children Sam and Charlie, and girlfriend Erica Herman were all there supporting:
Sam was born in 2007 and didn’t know her dad as the major-winning machine. Charlie was born in 2009, after he had won his last major. And Herman was the symbol for his new life since his highly-publicized divorce.
Herman and Tiger have been public with their relationship since Oct. 2017. He has started to come around in his golf career — three back surgeries later — and is getting back on track.
Dustin Johnson knows that the fan support for Tiger Woods is different from anything else.
Johnson was among a group of players contending for the lead at the Masters on Sunday. After he completed his round, shooting a four-under 68 to finish 12 under, he talked about the experience. While Johnson said he had fun, he noted how much different the support for Tiger was than anyone else.
“It was a lot of fun today. You could hear the roars, and you can definitely tell the difference between a roar for me or a roar for Tiger (Woods). But I had a lot of fun out there today,” Johnson said in an interview with CBS’ Amanda Baliones.
Xander Schauffele also talked after he completed his round about the energy from the crowd.
“The crowds are incredible. I just sort of fed off the crowds. I was hearing roars from behind, which sort of pushed me forward,” Schauffele said.
The fans had been waiting a long time — since 2008 — to see Tiger win another major. You can understand why they were so fired up. He inspired a total mob scene with his Tour Championship win in Atlanta in September, so the fan support was not a surprise.