Is Tiger the greatest of all time… Yep!

Tiger Woods Masters

We have heard that term banded around many times about sportsmen and women but on Sunday night, a certain Tiger Woods laid an almost undeniable claim to that tag.

After a sublime show of minding your own business and subconsciously grinding down your opposition, Woods left hardly a dry eye at Augusta as he claimed a one-shot victory for his fifth Masters title.

It is hard to believe that 14-years have passed since Tiger last slid his arms into the green jacket and 11 since his last major success.

But what is even more impressive is that it was just two years ago that Tiger sat in pain at the Champions Dinner believing his career was over.

However, where there was joy of Tiger, there was disappointment for Francesco Molinari as the 12th hole proved a pivotal moment in the 2019 Masters.

Holding the lead on 13-under, the Italian and the watching gallery knew his tee shot was short as it bumped back into the water.

A double-bogey five ensued and suddenly it was a three-way tie at the top.

Molinari was not the only one on Sunday to feel the wrath of the 155-yard par-3 as Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka, and Ian Poulter all found the drink in quick succession.

Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele briefly took a tie for the lead soon after but then fell back before birdies at the 13th, 15th and 16th from Woods eventually ground down his opponents and enabled us to witness the Tiger victory roar once more.

One thing is for certain is that Woods is the greatest of his generation and for what he has done for the game of golf, the greatest ever to pick up a golf club.

From an 11-year major absence with the man himself, just 24 months ago admitting his game was over, to suddenly back in the winner’s rostrum in the greatest of all tournaments, Tiger’s story is the most remarkable and one that will live on for all time.

Headline image credit – AP/Matt Slocum

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I have been producing content for the sports industry for many years now and love nothing more than the competitive nature of any game. An avid football, F1, and golf fan, when I am not giving my opinions on sport, I will most likely be trying to chip out of a bunker.

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