Tiger Woods Celebrates 2019 Masters Win by Giving Son Massive Hug
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 15, 2019,
Apr 15, 2019, 14:10
On his way to sign his scorecard and make it official, Woods was met by a host of fellow PGA Tour golfers waiting to congratulate him, including former champions Bernhard Langer, Zach Johnson and Bubba Watson and others including Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele.
"'Putt to the picture, ' that's what he always taught me to do, and that's what I just kept telling myself out there", Woods said. "To have the injuries and come back and do what he has done, it has been tremendous to watch". Woods is now just one behind Jack Nicklaus' record of six wins at Augusta National, and three short of his overall major tally of 18.
"A big well done from me to Tiger", Nicklaus told telecaster CBS.
"I felt if I could somehow piece this together that I still had the hands to do it".
The sweet moment reminded numerous father-son hug Tiger shared with his own dad, Earl Woods, after winning his first Masters in 1997 at age 21, the youngest champion ever.
"That win at East Lake was a big confidence-booster for me because I had come close past year a couple times, which still have to get it across the finish line, and I didn't quite do it", said Woods, who will rise to sixth when the world rankings are updated on Monday.
He missed a putt for par on the 18th before finishing with little more than a tap-in for a round of 70, 13 under par for the tournament.
"Great playing by Tiger Woods at the Masters", he wrote on Saturday.
'Maybe next time would have been better for me, but it was nice to be out with him, he played well, hit the right shots at the right time and he deserved to win.
The win capped a stunning professional comeback for Woods, who has faced crippling back and leg injuries that led to multiple surgeries and almost ended his professional golf career. The three finished at 12-under par.
Woods' victory came at the expense of Francesco Molinari, who had led going into Sunday and collapsed down the stretch. The threat of storms pushed up the start time, with the final group teeing off at 9:20 a.m.