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Tiger Woods wins 2019 Masters: Reaction to ‘greatest comeback in sport’

Watch the moment Tiger Woods wins the 2019 Masters

3,954 days. That is how long Tiger Woods has waited to win his 15th major.

In the time between the 2008 US Open and Sunday’s triumph at the Masters, Woods has gone through a series of highs and lows.

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The American started just 24 events in a four-year period. A public admission of infidelity and the breakdown of his marriage led to him taking a break from golf. 

The former world number one returned but then had injuries and back surgeries, slipped down the rankings, and even thought his career was over. His off-course problems also continued when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in 2017.

But now at the age of 43, he has won at Augusta for the first time since 2005.

Here is how his fellow sporting greats, politicians and Hollywood actors reacted on social media to the “greatest comeback story in sport”.

First, the sporting world…

Woods had spinal fusion surgery in April 2017 and has had four back surgeries in his career.

Twenty-three time Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams has struggled with injuries throughout her career and has twice suffered a pulmonary embolism.

“I am literally in tears watching Tiger Woods, this is Greatness like no other,” the American tweeted. “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.”

Six-time NBA all-star Stephen Curry called Woods’ victory “the greatest comeback story in sports” and asked Woods if he could “hold one of those five jackets one time!”

Former LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant kept things simple..

Former basketball player Magic Johnson posted that “the roar of the Tiger is back” while Tom Brady, who won a record sixth Super Bowl in February, spent the evening “running the numbers on how long it’ll take me to get to 15”.

Real Madrid and Wales footballer Gareth Bale also celebrated Woods’ victory.

Then those glued to the TV…

Former US President Barack Obama, who played a round of golf with Woods during his time in office, paid tribute to Woods’ determination after a difficult few years.

“To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit and determination,” he wrote.

US President Donald Trump said he loved “people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!”

For BBC Sport presenter Gary Lineker, Woods’ victory was the “second most thrilling sporting achievement I’ve seen”.

The best? Leicester winning the Premier League title in 2016 as huge underdogs, of course. “There’s something in my eye,” Lineker tweeted. “To use a phrase once used before about Tiger Woods – ‘Oh my goodness…Wow….In your life have you seen anything like that?'”

Former tennis world number one Chris Evert said: “Tiger has shown us all that you can always come back, in sport and in life, if you put in the work”.

Legendary former England cricketer Ian Botham called Woods’ victory “one of the biggest inspirational performances… Who said he wouldn’t win another major… no. 15 and more to come”.

Australian actor Hugh Jackman was also keeping an eye on proceedings in Augusta…

Source: Bbc

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