Golf legend Tiger Woods made a sensational comeback on Sunday as he won his 15th major title, ending an 11-year drought. Woods fired a final-round two-under par 70 to finish on 13-under 275 for a one-shot victory that sealed his fifth Masters title, his first since 2005.
From US President Donald Trump and Barack Obama to Serena Williams, Kobe Bryant and other sportspersons and celebrities, Twitter was abuzz with congratulations for Tiger Woods, with many calling his comeback inspirational.
"Congratulations to @TigerWoods., a truly Great Champion!" Donald Trump tweeted after Woods secured the Masters title. "Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!" he added.
Congratulations to @TigerWoods., a truly Great Champion!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019
Former US President Barack Obama also congratulated the 43-year-old superstar on his historic victory. "Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination," he wrote.
Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.- Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 14, 2019
Tennis star Serena Williams also congratulated Tiger Woods and thanked him for inspiring her. " 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," an emotional Williams tweeted.
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.- Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) April 14, 2019
Nike, one of the few brands to stand by Tiger Woods when he was hit by a scandal, tweeted an emotional video testimony.
Jack Nicklaus, the legendary golfer who holds the record for most number of major title wins, congratulated him too. "A big "well done" from me to @TigerWoods! I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!!!".
Basketball stars Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry were also among those congratulating Tiger Woods.
TIGER ???????????????????????? #masters2019- Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 14, 2019
Greatest comeback story in sports! Congrats @TigerWoods Let me hold one of those 5 jackets one time!- Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 14, 2019
Very few people really know what @TigerWoods has been thru to get back to this point. So cool seeing him with Tida, Sam, Charlie, Erica and the rest of the team behind 18 green. Couldn't be happier for him! What a great day for golf! #TheMasters— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) April 14, 2019
Tiger Woods' last major title was the 2008 US Open. He has been hit by scandal and injuries that threatened his career since then, with many writing him off. In 2017, he underwent spinal fusion, which could have caused him chronic back pain.
"I can't thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget. To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for," Tiger Woods tweeted after his win, with a picture of him holding up the Masters trophy. "This jacket sure is comfortable," he added cheekily, alluding to the green jacket that signifies a Masters win.
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