The Golfing Gods Canonise Tiger!
There are simply no adjectives or superlatives to capture the electricity that was generated by a 43-year old man who set his sights on beating a treacherous golf course and a hoard of huffing and puffing top guns at the 2019 U.S. Masters.
The mind-blowing win was more than epic. It was more than historic. It was an achievement that stacks up at the very pinnacle of human achievement! For an athlete who was given up for dead by naysayers (including Asian Golf), the jubilant victory validates the faith that the believers had while the doubting Thomases have to simply eat crow!
For what Tiger Woods (pictured) did at Augusta National, the one and only absolute tribute that he deserves is to be canonised as “St. Tiger” by the golfing gods who were looking down on him with celestial approval.
Perhaps Tiger’s major sponsor, Nike said it best in a Twitter message: “Never stop chasing your crazy dream.”
Another touching tribute came from the 83-old golf legend Gary Player who sent a message to Tiger in which he said, “It has been a long and uncertain journey of 14 years since your last Green Jacket. A monumental challenge. For most an impossible task. But not for you. Congratulations Tiger. So special for you and your family. So great for the game of golf. Simply unbeatable!”
With this win, Tiger has added a fifth green jacket to his wardrobe which comes after a 11-year drought and multiple surgeries which would have abruptly ended the career of other mortals.
While the current titans of golf like Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Francesco Molinari among others fell victim to the challenges of Augusta National, Tiger slayed the course with a final score of 13-under par for his first major win since the 2008 U.S. Open, 15th of his career and first at Augusta National since 2005.
At a post tournament press conference, Tiger said, “To have my kids there, it’s come full circle. My dad was here in 1997 and now I’m the dad with two kids there. But it’s just unreal for me to experience this. My mom was here, she was there in 97 as well. So I just couldn’t be more happy and more excited and I’m kind of at a loss for words, really.”
Well done Tiger!