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Sunday, April 14, 2019

The return of the Tiger

I have to admit, I really did not see this astonishing comeback coming:
Tiger Woods has won the 83rd Masters tournament in an astonishing comeback after 14 years since he last secured a green jacket.

Woods, 43, was tied for second going into the final round on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, but pulled into the lead on the back nine and won as his family looked on.

It is the first time Woods has won a major when he did not have a lead or co-lead after 54 holes, his first win at The Masters since 2005, and his first majors title in 11 years.

On the 18th green, the patrons went wild and began chanting 'Tiger, Tiger' as Woods sunk his final putt to win the tournament, completing a dizzying final round and one of the biggest fairytale comebacks in sports history.
I genuinely thought he was done. But if he was going to do it anywhere, he was inevitably going to do it at Augusta.

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Blogger Rahul S April 14, 2019 8:50 PM  

He must be hooking up with white ladies again...that must be the reason. :P

Blogger Dr. J April 14, 2019 9:04 PM  

That man's return to the mountaintop is an unparalleled advertisement for lumbar fusion surgery (thanks Tiger!). But it was his rehab effort after the surgery that brought him to this point.

Respect.

Blogger John Best. April 14, 2019 9:09 PM  

That back surgery has worked wonders for him. I have had a bulging disk and I couldn't play golf with it, let alone strike with the power and finesse needed to win majors. Also seems like he just recently emotionally got over his entire life and public image being ripped apart in 2009. Happy for him though, golf isn't the same since his stopped winning.

Blogger ReluctantMessiah April 14, 2019 9:33 PM  

Today was a good day. Inspirational

Blogger OGRE April 14, 2019 9:36 PM  

good for him, really upset I missed it. Aside from football the major golf tourneys are about the only sports I watch. I still remember his first Masters in 96 or 97? -18 for the tourney, he just crushed it on every hole. It was breathtaking.

Blogger Bellomy April 14, 2019 9:43 PM  

I really underestimated Tiger Woods. Wow.

Blogger Guitar Man April 14, 2019 9:46 PM  

I love witnessing greatness happen.

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim April 14, 2019 10:09 PM  

Now if Roger Federer can get one more Wimbledon ... alas I dream. Good for Tiger, he was mixing Swedish blood before it was trendy.

Blogger The Depolrable Podunk Ken Ramsey April 14, 2019 10:33 PM  

A couple of years ago Tiger was a PGA charity case. He was suffered because of his illustrious past, but never expected win anything ever again. And now he does THIS!

Simply amazing. Hat's off!

Blogger Lazarus April 14, 2019 11:14 PM  

Rahul S wrote:He must be hooking up with white ladies again...that must be the reason. :P

The woman who was described in the hugging segment as his main squeeze was in fact white.

But he actually did it by his presence.

The gods were satisfied with his sacrifice.

I kid you not.

Blogger TRS April 14, 2019 11:29 PM  

i don't watch golf.....except in college working off a hangover, put me right to sleep.
i was a crappy golfer, but admired the good/great golfers...
Never liked Tiger....until today....don't know why, but I watched the whole round. Found myself rooting for Tiger from the start, can't explain it....the focus and intensity was inspiring....can't expain it....but enjoyed it....

Blogger Nate April 14, 2019 11:31 PM  

if you cannot appreciate tiger's win today you are broken

Blogger RA April 15, 2019 2:10 AM  

I know something about bad backs. I did not need surgery, knocking on wood. But yeesh, the pain was something else and I can understand how people get hooked on painkillers. Intensive chiropractic along with a lot of rehab exercises did the trick for me and I did not have to consider surgery. But I did have to stop playing basketball; my doctor and chiropractor both read me the riot act about that.

So to see Tiger come back and do that ... wow! I patted my own back in honor of that fond memory when I once had it athletically. I know what it is and for many, when it's gone, it's gone for most of us and all I have left is that memory. So a big smile for me today, what a comeback, I'm happy for that guy.

Blogger Rhys April 15, 2019 2:27 AM  

A comeback is one of those inherently satisfying things, like a good underdog story.

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 April 15, 2019 2:36 AM  

He better start winning again what with all that alimony he has to pay

Blogger Stilicho April 15, 2019 4:21 AM  

Yep,awesome.

Blogger Slagenthor April 15, 2019 5:39 AM  

Not the least of which because Vegas took a bath on Tiger's win.

One outfit had to pay out on a single wager of $85,000 on Tiger to win...at 14-1 odds.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume April 15, 2019 6:34 AM  

Comeback/redemption stories are the best stories. Even better when it's not fiction.

Blogger PJW Gent April 15, 2019 6:41 AM  

No matter what you think of Tiger Woods personally, he has demonstrated the reality of persistence as the under-girding element to success in any field. His reclaiming the pinnacle of golf (and Vox's continuing success in publishing) reminds me of the famous quote by Calvin Coolidge:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

So in our current predicaments, I see our persistence as the key, modeled after the epitome of persistence, God himself, who is the rock upon which I stand.

Blogger Brett baker April 15, 2019 6:56 AM  

Or under 25.

Blogger Ora Tevzre April 15, 2019 7:05 AM  

I watched Tiger throw up his arms in triumph on the 18th green at Augusta.

Although he looked extremely happy his face looked drained and his hair white from stress and premature aging. He was so dominant in the past that it is easy to forget that he has gone through a long, bleak period in his life.

This thing all things devours,
Birds, beasts, trees, and flowers.
Gnaws iron bites steel,
Grinds hard stones to meal,
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down
-- JRR Tolkien. The Hobbit

Blogger SemiSpook37 April 15, 2019 7:28 AM  

Knew at the turn he had a chance. Then Molinari plops into the drink on 12 AND 15. Only thing that would have made it better was if Tiger’s tee shot on 16 went in for an ace (it was THAT close).

Caught the end of the last tournament last year when Tiger took the Tour Championship. It was like he hadn’t left. I had a hunch after that win that he was due for another major. He even mentioned on Friday that he was getting the sense people were getting behind him and that was a definite boost for his confidence.

Personally, I think he can get past Nicklaus’ record. Sure, two years ago it didn’t seem possible, but now? Might take a couple of years, still, but after today’s performance it’s at least doable.

Blogger Avalanche April 15, 2019 7:51 AM  

Sorry, my heart belongs to to the Golden Bear. I hope this mixed-raced phenom does NOT beat out the record.

Blogger johndoe03526 April 15, 2019 8:13 AM  

I'm not a fan, but you got to tip your hat to what he did. He played steady and let his opponents beat themselves.

Blogger Alphaeus April 15, 2019 9:19 AM  

And now the media can ride the "Tiger's Back" wave.

Blogger John G. April 15, 2019 10:36 AM  

It appears that lots of ‘games’ are played behind the scenes in professional golf to keep us hoi polloi glued to the TV:
http://mileswmathis.com/tiger.pdf

Blogger James Dixon April 15, 2019 11:03 AM  

I've never liked Tiger, but his golfing skill was undeniable. And for him to make this comeback is only outranked by Nicholas winning the Masters at 46.

Blogger JDC April 15, 2019 11:04 AM  

Had church activities Sunday morning / afternoon and was bummed about the early tee time. Got home right as Tiger donned the green jacket. Actually watched the entire replay knowing Tiger was going to win, which made it no less enjoyable.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 15, 2019 12:57 PM  

Avalanche,

Shut up, you're broken.

Blogger VFM #7634 April 15, 2019 1:06 PM  

Tiger Woods is friends with the President, and I noticed he started doing better again in 2016. Also, he refuses to virtue-signal and condemn Trump, and for one in his position, I'll take praising with faint damns as an indicator as to where his sympathies lie.

Blogger tc April 16, 2019 12:08 PM  

"the patrons went wild and began chanting 'Tiger, Tiger"

...what a huge difference via a simple letter...or should I not discriminate?

Blogger MichaelJMaier April 16, 2019 6:32 PM  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3chS2Wsr0s

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