How lengthy had been you ready for that fist pump?
Lastly. Tiger Woods gave us that Sunday by profitable his fifth Masters event at Augusta Nationwide.
Woods’ putt at No. 18 completed off a 2-under closing spherical (and a 13-under event) in a legendary efficiency capped with that classic fist pump. Woods threw his arms within the air in celebration, a second that we had been ready all day, all weekend, all decade for.
— Masters Match (@TheMasters) April 14, 2019
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The anticipation for that fist pump solely grew because the showdown with Francesco Molinari intensified on the again 9 with a line of thunderstorms transferring in. Molinari, who had been a par-making machine all through the event, felt the stress of dealing with the red-clad Woods on Sunday. We waited for Woods to take over.
Woods was tied for the lead with 5 holes to go… 4 holes to go…
Then, on the par-5 No. 15, that second lastly occurred. Woods laid his second shot on the inexperienced and put the stress on Molinari, who hit his third shot within the water and completed with a double-bogey. Woods drained a birdie, taking the lead with three holes to go.
Molinari blinked. Woods seized the second. He had a birdie on No. 16 and closed the door with a par, a bogey and a celebration that was value ready for.
— Masters Match (@TheMasters) April 14, 2019
There’s nothing like seeing Tiger in competition. We have now been ready for that second since… when?
Was it 2008? That’s the final time Woods received a serious, on the U.S. Open, earlier than his private life took a flip in 2009 with the fallout from extramarital affairs. He had his whole life uncovered. He battled accidents within the lengthy street again to the highest. He thought of retiring.
But Woods performed on. He completed within the prime 5 at Augusta 3 times this decade, however it by no means felt like this weekend.
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Was it 2005? That was the final time Woods received the Masters, a run highlighted by the unimaginable chip on No. 16 that rolled in after a pause. Woods took down Chris DiMarco within the playoff that day for his fourth Masters victory.
Was it 2001, or 2002? That was a part of a run wherein Woods received the Masters in back-to-back years and was on the pinnacle of the game. Woods shot 16-under in 2001 and 12-under in 2002. No person might beat him then, and no one has dominated like that since.
We keep in mind when that began. This was the closest factor to 1997 — after we had been launched to a 21-year-old with a fist pump and a presence that might revolutionize the game. Woods completed 18-under that 12 months, a file 12 strokes forward of the competitors.
Woods jumped into our dwelling rooms and prompted us to hit a driving vary. His influence on golf was unmatched. There was merely nothing prefer it.
Till Sunday. It’s the closest factor to Jack Nicklaus in 1986 — perhaps much more profound contemplating the lengthy street again for Woods. Nicklaus nonetheless has 18 majors and 6 Masters championships, however Woods, at 43 years outdated, has 15 majors and 5 Masters championships now. What’s the inexperienced jacket trade fee? Which second was higher?
We get to have these greatest-ever conversations in earnest once more.
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For individuals who have been watching the final 22 years, that is the second we’ll at all times level to. Woods’ most dominant second will likely be at all times be 1997, however this would be the most memorable second of his profession. It was each bit as iconic as we thought it could be; proper all the way down to the symmetry between his hug together with his father Earl then and the one together with his son Charlie now.
It’s recency bias, positive, however we will’t keep in mind the outdated expertise of watching Woods win a serious. That is the replay we will watch ceaselessly within the social media age.
This was the day Woods confirmed Molinari and all people else that he’s essentially the most intimidating pressure in golf. It’s that irreplaceable feeling of watching a legend dominate twenty years after you first noticed his magic on a golf course.
There’s nothing fairly just like the “Tiger Impact,” and there’s a brief listing of athletes all time able to producing this second.
This was the fist pump we’ve all been ready for.
When will we get to see it once more?
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