Published 5:17 PM EDT Apr 14, 2019
Tiger Woods made them all roar Sunday and the entire world heard the noise emanating from the gallery around the 18 at Augusta National.
Woods won his fifth Masters by a single shot in a final round that was pushed up just enough to finish before the arrival of a major spring storm.
It was his first victory at America's Holy See of Golf since 2005. He went 13 years without winning the Masters. That carried him from World No. 1 to No. 1,199, through four back surgeries, to a five-year run without a PGA Tour victory, into a divorce, public humiliation, a DUI arrest and a laborious journey through thousands of hours of physical rehabilitation, substance abuse treatment, along with all the normal maladies that befall us when we turn 43.
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When it was done, Woods hugged his son, Charlie, who was not even alive the last time he won a major with his 2008 U.S. Open championship at Torrey Pines.
Michael Phelps was there. And perhaps it was fitting that one of the first people to congratulate Woods on social media — before he officially won this thing — was six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady. And that was quickly followed by a prepared statement from Jack Nicklaus, who was apparently off fishing in the Bahamas.
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Here is some of what Woods had to say after winning Sunday:
On his emotions after winning
"I'm a little hoarse I think from yelling. I was trying to plod my way around the golf course all day. Then all of sudden I had the lead and then just coming up 18, trying to make a five, but I tapped the putt in. I didn't know what I hit. But I know I screamed. And I was just looking for Joey (LaCava) somewhere."
On having his children at 18
"To have my kids there, It's come full circle. My dad was here in '97. And now I'm the dad with two kids there."
On his winning his 5th green jacket
"It's overwhelming. I think just because of what has transpired. And last year, I just lucky to be playing again. And the previous dinner, the champions dinner, I was really struggling. I missed a couple of years of not playing in this great tournament and to now, being the champion, what was it, 22 years between wins, that's a long time. It's just unreal for me to experience this. My mom was there. She was there in '97 as well. I just couldn't be more happy and more excited. I'm kinda at a loss for words."
On where this win ranks in his career
"It's right up there. It's one of the hardest I've ever had to win just because of what has transpired in the last couple of years."