Tiger Woods win on Sunday has been celebrated because it is one of the world’s greatest comebacks in sporting history. He wins his fifth Masters after long years of psychological and physical pains. He set a record for the longest gap between Masters victory – 14 years. He won his last Masters in 2005, breaking the 13-year record of South Africa’s Gary Player who won his second Augusta crown in 1961 and his third in 1974.
He has gotten congratulatory messages on social media from Barack Obama, Serena Williams, and Donald Trump.
“Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination,” Obama wrote on Twitter.
Serena wrote: “I am literally in tears watching
@TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other. Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? Wow Congrats a million times! I am so inspired thank you buddy.”
Trump was tweeting as the game went on, and sent his congratulations after the win.
Great Masters going on right now.
@TigerWoods is leading with 2 holes left to play. Very exciting, tune in!
Watching final hole of
@TheMasters. @TigerWoods is looking GREAT!
@TigerWoods., a truly Great Champion!
Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!
Woods became the second-oldest Masters winner, trailing only Jack Nicklaus who won at 46 in 1986.
In a statement on Twitter, Woods said:
I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget. To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for. This jacket sure is comfortable.