Tiger out of the woods!
It was one of the greatest moments in sports history. 43-year-old Tiger Woods who has surpassed his prime in the sport wins his first Masters tournament in 14 years and his first major win in almost 11 years. Tiger's feat brings with it flashes of his struggle in his personal and professional life, coupled with scandal and shame, trauma and pain, that has witnessed a great sportsman become just tabloid fodder. After going through four back surgeries and the worldwide coverage of his marital cheating, his physical and psychological achievement is difficult to comprehend. But for all these years, it seems, Tiger was preparing for redemption. Now, he's back at the top with full vigour and perseverance has made this ultimate triumph possible. As the world watched, Tiger scripted his comeback. His story is a circle-of-life moment, a reminder of golf being the sport that is so similar to life. There are real instances of undulating lush fields in which the dimpled white ball has its own will and whims and bounces can be good or bad. With every swing, there is a test of your geography, the angle and speed will prove your expertise in geometry, how to utilise the arms and legs and shift body weight to ensure that the ball lands closest to the target is a test of physics and last but not the least, a purely psychological battle entails the mind when the golfer needs to decide the ideal launch positions to solve this geography-geometry-physics mystery amidst a picturesque backdrop. Golf is not for the faint-hearted. It is for the patient few who have utmost concentration levels and are not swayed away even if the world falls apart at their feet. Winning again at Augusta felt like a homecoming for Tiger after all he's endured. Tiger played in a methodically assertive way. And for his fans, they recalled all those times he has entertained them over the years, all those times he made them realise that what he was displaying was unprecedented and likely to never be duplicated. There was nostalgia — a wistful affection for the past, for those years of fortitude. With this 15th career major, Tiger may be already eyeing Jack Nicklaus' record 18. His remarkable comeback is a story of how he changed golf as a young player who was considered to be a childhood prodigy who escalated the game, in terms of commercial appeal and popularity; lost his way into the vast wilderness of personal and professional troubles and then made history, leaving behind years of imperfection and failure. That's the Tiger the world has known. And that's how it will be from now on. A player who became one of the world's most instantly identifiable sporting icons has just clinched one of his biggest victories. And with it, Tiger has emerged out of the Woods in style!