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TIGER WOODS

Once More, With Feeling

By winning his first green jacket in 14 years, Tiger Woods proved that all-time records held by Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead are very much in his sights By Stan Awtrey

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his two children than return to wo numbers—18 and 82—have TOUR-caliber golf.“Luckily I had been omnipresent in the evolving the procedure on my back, which story of Tiger Woods since he gave me a chance of having a became the dominant golfer of his normal life,” Woods said. “Then generation. With his fifth Masters all of a sudden, I realized I could win still fresh, those numbers became actually swing a golf club again.” even more relevant. He took baby steps in his Woods’ latest win at Augusta careful comeback. He became was his 15th professional major a contender again in 2018, championship, leaving him three getting in the mix at The Open short of the bar set by Jack Nicklaus. Championship and the PGA The victory was also the 81st title Championship. He finally broke of his PGA TOUR career, one shy of through to win the TOUR the total amassed by Sam Snead, Championship in front of a who won tournaments in four massive crowd of adoring and decades. Both numbers, at one time emotional fans. The victory was considered unapproachable, are now equally emotional for Woods within his grasp. considering it was his first since In earning his first green jacket 2013 and the 80th of his career. since 2005, Woods set the agenda “To get to that 80 mark is a big for the sport’s talking point the Fans cheer on Tiger during his win at the 2018 TOUR number,” he said afterward. “Sam rest of the season. Columnists Championship. is still ahead of me. I’ve still got and commentators, bloggers and a chance to play some more golf, broadcasters will be pontificating on and maybe I’ll keep chipping away at that number and maybe when and where Woods will next make his mark. surpass it.” The probability of Woods attaining either goal seemed very The biggest step came when he won the Masters in April, low two years ago given the physical and emotional hardships when Woods prevailed over a crowded leaderboard on a that plagued him for a nearly a decade. Before having spinal dramatic Sunday. It was victory No. 81—and his 15th major fusion surgery in April 2017, Woods could barely walk or sit title. As was the case at last year’s TOUR Championship, down. He was more concerned with being able to play with 70  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019, Part 2

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