COMEBACK: Tiger Woods
TIGER WOODS’S Masters win was an emotional moment for not only the American golfer, his family and fans but for the world of sport.
The 43-year-old golfer, who recovered from spinal fusion surgery two years ago, won the green jacket at Augusta, Georgia, on Sunday, April 14, making it his fifth Masters win and his 15th major.
In addition to his issues with his physical health, problems in Woods’s personal life have also affected his career. But the impact of his return to the top tier of golf could extend far beyond his immediate circle, say experts and senior officials within the sport.
Nick Pink, chief executive officer at England Golf, said Woods’s return to the top of the sport could help change its image.
“Golf is often driven by middle-class and white men, and I think he appeals to a more diverse audience,” he told The Guardian. “Him coming back into the fore alongside players like Tony Finau will help the perception too.”
“Woods’s journey sends an important message to all, but perhaps especially to younger people – that it is not perfection which drives success, it is talent, effort and hard work,” a spokesperson for the British Golf Industry told The Guardian. “There can be little doubt that golf will receive a boost from Woods’s win and attract new, young players to golf.”
While the world is already analysing Woods’s comeback, the man himself is taking some time to get used to it all. Reflecting on the moment he was declared the winner, Woods described it as “surreal”.
Speaking to CNN shortly after the win, he said: “It’s hard to comprehend right now…I’m still trying to enjoy it and trying to figure out that I actually won it. I know I have the green jacket on but I think it’s going to take a little bit of time for it to sink in.”
Serena Williams on Tiger Woods win: ‘I was in tears’
Woods’s epic achievement has also inspired other elite sports stars.
Tennis champion Serena Williams has praised the golfer on his epic comeback and shared her emotional reaction to his win.
Williams, who herself has overcome serious health problems to successfully win titles in tennis, was among the sporting stars to congratulate Woods on a remarkable feat.
“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,” she tweeted.
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