Tiger Woods wins 2019 Masters

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By Sam Draut

Tiger Woods is me. Tiger Woods is you. How in the world is Tiger Woods like us?

He suffers from the same human frailty that all of us do. We make mistakes, he made plenty, but on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club he reminded us through hardship, we can find success.

Before his extramarital scandal, his back surgeries, his knee, neck and achilles problems, Tiger Woods was aloof and conceited, but he was the best golfer ever.

We needed his greatness. Every Sunday we were glued to the television either wanting him to win or hoping he would lose. If you don’t think golf needs Tiger, you’re wrong. Its ratings increase by 50 percent according to CBS when he is playing.

But his life had become a Greek tragedy, an athlete with a tarnished image fighting against the inevitably of time searching in desperate hopes of returning to greatness.

The golfer that dropped a short putt on the 18th hole to complete the greatest moment in golf history wasn’t the same Tiger Woods that won his last major championship in 2008. He was humble, he was appreciative and he was broken.

He had embraced his humanness. He didn’t deny his mortality. It wasn’t Tiger against the field, Tiger was just another golfer in the field.

When he won his first Masters in 1997 as a 21-year-old, he celebrated with his father. On Sunday, as a 43-year-old father, Tiger embraced his two children, who weren’t alive when their father won his last Masters in 2005.

From a young phenom, to an established star, to a pariah, to an ailing has-been, to a major-winning balding father, Tiger’s path is anything but linear.

When Jim Nantz asked Tiger where this would rank amongst his achievements, we already had an answer in our minds after watching an emotional celebration.

“This would be up there, it would be one of the hardest I have had to win just because of what has transpired the last couple of years trying to comeback and play,” Woods said.

He didn’t need to win another major before he started play Thursday. 14 would have been enough.

He didn’t have to prove all the people wrong that said he wouldn’t win again. He didn’t have to upset all the people that cheer against him because they can’t appreciate his greatness.

Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters for himself.  

He proved his resilience, his talent, his return, not only to us, but to himself.

A once humiliated, now humbled Tiger Woods proved an egotistical-star-turned-nice-guy can finish first, and everything that happened in between was just the way back to a major championship.