Tiger Woods received 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 damage and private turmoil.
The triumph was his 15th main win in an illustrious profession, however his first since 2008. It marks a outstanding comeback for the American athlete who as soon as dominated golf to turn into one of the marketable sporting stars on the 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 document of main championship victories held by Jack Nicklaus.
“It’s overwhelming, simply because what has transpired,” mentioned 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 taking part in once more . . . to now be the champion, 22 years between wins, it’s a very long time. But it surely’s simply unreal for me to expertise this.”
Woods celebrates victory on the 18th inexperienced © AP
Over the previous decade, Woods suffered a sequence of accidents which made him plummet down golf’s rankings and threatened his future within the sport.
A hunch 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 dwelling 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 line with Forbes, he earned $43.3m from endorsements from teams together with sportswear model Nike, watchmaker Rolex and golf tools producer TaylorMade in 2018 alone. This compares to simply $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 document and reminiscences of his spectacular play, lengthy after what gave the impression to be the most effective years of his taking part in 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 trend
Requested how this Masters victory ranks alongside his different main championships, Woods mentioned: “This might be up there. It’s one of many hardest I’ve ever needed to win.”