The American golfer Tiger Woods conquered the Masters on Sunday his first 'major' in 11 years and his fifth green jacket 14 years after the last one he won in 2005, to rekindle his legend until his 15th 'Grand Slam', after a final day on the Augusta National tour at the end of its historic return.
'El Tigre' began the last day two strokes of the Italian Francesco Molinari, but in the middle of the tremendous bid that the first 'big' of the season lived until Sunday, the Californian found no rival. In the absence of three holes the leadership assaulted, who defended until resuming the career of 'great' with Jack Nicklaus (18). The Spanish Jon Rahm He finished in the 'Top 10' and Rafael Cabrera Bello signed a worthy farewell as 36th.
The excitement has been 'in crescendo' since the Californian returned to the fields at the end of 2017, painlessly, after the agony of the injuries and multiple back operations. By then he had hit rock bottom, with the arrest in May when he was driving under the influence of several medications. An ordeal that he left behind when he jumped into the field Albany Golf Course and he felt the golf again.
The talent appeared almost alone and in 2018 he was in the fight for tournaments, even in the 'big', where he had options in the 'British' and the PGA Championship. He finally won again five years later in the PGA Circuit final. Free of pain and with the eye of the tiger, Woods resurrected his legend on Sunday. "I'll get up at 3:45 and be prepared," he said after Saturday.
The forecast of bad weather anticipated the decisive day, which was played three by three. Tiger shared a star duel with Tony Finau and a Molinari who has already cut the American's wings in 'The Open'. The Italian, a fashion golfer last year, yielded 'double-bogey' on holes 12 and 15. The stream of 12, the Rae's Creek that so many jackets has snatched, also fulminated Brooks Koepka and Ian Poulter.
Like the rest of the week, important names gave lustro and emotion to the outcome. From behind they pressed Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson, as Rahm also searched. The Spaniard made his best lap with 64 strokes, for a total of minus 10 and a ninth place tied, witness the return of a Tiger that started in the second nine to get quiet to 18.
The Californian returned to give the 'bogey' on the hole 5, but after eight holes and looked at a blow to Molinari. The 'birdies' on the 13th, 15th and 16th put up a Tiger who went straight ahead without blinking the final straight towards his fifth Jacket with minus 13 and a choice of two putts in the 18th. One stroke left Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Koepka
'The Tiger' points to Nicklaus, owner of six Masters and, above all, 18 'big', a new open career. At the moment, the film of Woods recovers the glorious times, winning as José María Olazabal did 20 years ago when he thought that pain overcame him, towards an outcome that no one will dare to put final number. "I do not know what I did, I just shouted, it means everything to me, last year I was lucky just to be able to play," he said before dressing green.