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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Why this Tiger photo melted the world's heart


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Tiger Woods has won the Masters and one image has captured the world's heart.

Woods claimed his fifth green jacket 22 years after his first at Augusta National, when he was just 21. That year, he embraced his late father Earl near the 18th green, with his dad overcoming a heart attack to witness his son's first major title.

In 2019, Woods hugged his son Charlie after winning his 15th major championship, aged 43 and 11 years after his last major at the 2008 US Open. The image immediately evoked memories of Tiger and Earl in 1997, with the golf legend having come full circle from son to father.

https://twitter.com/espn/status/1117499982230302722

"Last year I was just very lucky to be playing again. I missed a couple of years of not playing this great tournament to now being champion," Woods said.

"Unreal for me to experience this, my mom (Kutilda) was here and she was there in '97 as well. I couldn't be more happier or excited, I'm lost for words.

"It's up there as one of the hardest I've ever had to win. My father shouldn't have been there [in '97], he was recovering from a heart attack and heart surgery.

"To have my little boy Charlie here, that embrace, that was so special."

Woods also had his daughter, Sam, on hand to watch his win, having convinced her to come to Augusta despite losing in a soccer tournament yesterday. He admitted that he could barely remember the final putt, which gave him a one-shot win; only recalling that he screamed in triumph.

"It's overwhelming just because of what has transpired," Woods said. "I could barely walk. Couldn't sleep. Couldn't walk. Couldn't do anything.

"To have the opportunity to come back, it's one of the biggest wins I've ever had for sure.

Woods describes 'overwhelming' win

"It has come full circle. This tournament has meant so much to me and to have everyone here means so much to me and my family.

"Now to be the champion - 22 years between wins is a long time -- it's unreal for me to experience this. I just couldn't be more happy, more excited. I'm just kind of at a loss for words."

Leading golf writer Rick Reilly put the powerful moment into context.

https://twitter.com/ReillyRick/status/1117498092482203649https://twitter.com/ReillyRick/status/1117500361172869120

The world reacted with elation to the victory - starting with Jack Nicklaus. The six-time Masters winner and 18-time major champion is the only man still ahead of Woods on those fabled lists.

https://twitter.com/jacknicklaus/status/1117494664456699905https://twitter.com/PhilMickelson/status/1117511970708529153https://twitter.com/DJohnsonPGA/status/1117521330730041344https://twitter.com/SharkGregNorman/status/1117521842854617088

Other sporting heavyweights also weighed in, as did former US president Barack Obama.

https://twitter.com/StephenCurry30/status/1117504662947581952https://twitter.com/serenawilliams/status/1117496922418360325https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1117498965417656321https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1117496743032250368

Nike wasted no time in releasing a video celebrating his win. The sporting giant was one of just two companies to stand by Woods during his sex scandal.

https://twitter.com/Nike/status/1117497381832933376https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/1117516974236602369

Tiger Woods has won the Masters and one image has captured the world's heart.

Woods claimed his fifth green jacket 22 years after his first at Augusta National, when he was just 21. That year, he embraced his late father Earl near the 18th green, with his dad overcoming a heart attack to witness his son's first major title.

In 2019, Woods hugged his son Charlie after winning his 15th major championship, aged 43 and 11 years after his last major at the 2008 US Open. The image immediately evoked memories of Tiger and Earl in 1997, with the golf legend having come full circle from son to father.

https://twitter.com/espn/status/1117499982230302722

"Last year I was just very lucky to be playing again. I missed a couple of years of not playing this great tournament to now being champion," Woods said.

"Unreal for me to experience this, my mom (Kutilda) was here and she was there in '97 as well. I couldn't be more happier or excited, I'm lost for words.

"It's up there as one of the hardest I've ever had to win. My father shouldn't have been there [in '97], he was recovering from a heart attack and heart surgery.

"To have my little boy Charlie here, that embrace, that was so special."

Woods also had his daughter, Sam, on hand to watch his win, having convinced her to come to Augusta despite losing in a soccer tournament yesterday. He admitted that he could barely remember the final putt, which gave him a one-shot win; only recalling that he screamed in triumph.

"It's overwhelming just because of what has transpired," Woods said. "I could barely walk. Couldn't sleep. Couldn't walk. Couldn't do anything.

"To have the opportunity to come back, it's one of the biggest wins I've ever had for sure.

Woods describes 'overwhelming' win

"It has come full circle. This tournament has meant so much to me and to have everyone here means so much to me and my family.

"Now to be the champion - 22 years between wins is a long time -- it's unreal for me to experience this. I just couldn't be more happy, more excited. I'm just kind of at a loss for words."

Leading golf writer Rick Reilly put the powerful moment into context.

https://twitter.com/ReillyRick/status/1117498092482203649https://twitter.com/ReillyRick/status/1117500361172869120

The world reacted with elation to the victory - starting with Jack Nicklaus. The six-time Masters winner and 18-time major champion is the only man still ahead of Woods on those fabled lists.

https://twitter.com/jacknicklaus/status/1117494664456699905https://twitter.com/PhilMickelson/status/1117511970708529153https://twitter.com/DJohnsonPGA/status/1117521330730041344https://twitter.com/SharkGregNorman/status/1117521842854617088

Other sporting heavyweights also weighed in, as did former US president Barack Obama.

https://twitter.com/StephenCurry30/status/1117504662947581952https://twitter.com/serenawilliams/status/1117496922418360325https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1117498965417656321https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1117496743032250368

Nike wasted no time in releasing a video celebrating his win. The sporting giant was one of just two companies to stand by Woods during his sex scandal.

https://twitter.com/Nike/status/1117497381832933376https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/1117516974236602369 http://bit.ly/2KCuSHC
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