Tiger Woods completed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history by winning a fifth Masters title on Sunday. Their big loss stemmed from a $10,000 bet they took in February on Woods to win at 12:1 odds.
Woods finished at 13-under 275 and became, at 43, the oldest Masters champion since Nicklaus won his sixth green jacket at 46 in 1986.
This week, Woods trailed by four after an opening 70, was one back after a second-round 68 and was down by two shots after his third-round 67.
"I gave him no chance, how wrong was I?" he said. "When I tapped the putt in, I don't know what I did but I know I screamed". I am so inspired.
Fellow golfers and former greats of the game were also quick to hail Woods' achievement in returning to the summit of the sport after multiple surgeries and a string of off-course problems since his 14th major win at the 2008 US Open. "To have the opportunity to come back like this, it's probably one of the biggest wins I've ever had for sure because of it".
The amount of exposure that Woods produced for Nike in the final round is almost double the $12 million that Apex estimates Nike gained previous year from Masters victor Patrick Reed. If I tried to swing a club I would be on the ground and I struggled for years, and that's basically all they remember.
Yet while Americans love a comeback, some experts question whether hoisting another Masters trophy will lead to more endorsement deals for Woods.
"Greatest comeback story in sports!" said three-time National Basketball Association champion Stephen Curry. I only hoped my win, and how I won, might put a dent in the way people perceived black people.
Tiger Roars at Augusta are different than at any other tournament. The first is about what Tiger does the rest of 2019, and the second is whether he can catch Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships. Both times, though, he was far enough right to get lucky and be afforded a clear shot at the green-albeit a frighteningly narrow gap in the trees in the final round.
Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.
He admits he struggled with everyday tasks such as getting out of bed, driving and taking his kids to school, and is widely reported to have confided at the pre-Masters Champions Dinner a couple of years ago: "I'm done".
Woods has left us in awe in victory before, but never like this, never in gaping wonder over what he has collectively overcome in body, mind and spirit.
Asked where he would rank this one among his majors, Woods said, "It would be up there".
So while I still don't think he catches 18, it is - this feels impossible but is actually true! - at least conceivable that he does.