Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

National Football League players react to Tiger Woods' fifth Masters win

National Football League players react to Tiger Woods' fifth Masters win

The win capped a stunning professional comeback for Woods, who has faced crippling back and leg injuries that led to multiple surgeries and almost ended his professional golf career.

On Sunday, Woods proved them all wrong, while simultaneously captivating America as he has many times before. Due to inclement weather expected in the afternoon, the iconic post-round celebration of the Masters victor has been nixed in part because officials want to expedite gate closures. Among the four majors, the Masters is second in purse behind the U.S. Open ($12 million), but ahead of the PGA Championship ($11 million) and the Open Championship ($10.5 million).

Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters title on Sunday, marking an incredible comeback from injury and personal hardship that ended a almost 11-year-long championship drought.

Woods underwent career-saving spine fusion surgery in 2017 and sealed an impressive comeback season last year with his first win for five years.

"I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple years ago", said Woods.

Brooks Koepka relinquished his share of the Masters lead on Saturday but the American is not about to panic given the increased self-belief that helped him bag two of the last three majors.

It was also his first victory at a major since a series of personal troubles that began in 2009 pushed Woods to take a break from the sport. The all-time leader for majors victories is Jack Nicklaus with 18.

Other colleagues shared similar thoughts, some of whom were among those standing at the Augusta National clubhouse to greet Woods following his victory. I really couldn't do much of anything.

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