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Tiger Woods 2019 comeback: Nike shares rise after Woods' Masters win

16 April, 2019, 00:13 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Tiger Woods smiles as he walks off the 18th green during the third round for the Masters golf tournament Saturday

While down 11% from last year's much later PM broadcast Masters Final Round, Woods' first major USA victory since 2008 is the best any early AM golf airing has done in 34 years on any network.

Justin Thomas, who plays with Woods frequently in the Jupiter, Fla., area, said the win was "cool". Couldn't sleep. Couldn't walk.

But it was Sunday's victory at Augusta, topping one of the strongest ever major championship leaderboards, that truly completed Tiger's comeback.

The win capped a stunning professional comeback for Woods, who has faced crippling back and leg injuries that led to multiple surgeries and almost ended his professional golf career.

"It's the best I've felt with a driver in years", Woods said.

"It's a very interesting time because when I was coming through the ranks and he's maybe at the height of his game", Immelman said. "There was a lot of times when I really couldn't move and so that in itself is hard".

Next year's U.S. Open is at Winged Foot in suburban NY, a course at which Woods has found less success: He missed the cut at the 2006 U.S. Open and finished tied for 29th at the 1997 PGA Championship.

So, imagine the effect of winning the Masters, especially the way this one played out.


Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt on the 18th green to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday.

"I played exactly how I wanted to play", said Brooks Koepka, one of those who found the creek and double-bogeyed the hole on the way to a final-round 70 to finish 12 under, a shot back and in a three-way tie for second.

Tiger Woods insisted he never doubted his ability to end his long wait for a 15th major title, which arrived in stunning style as he claimed a one-shot win at The Masters.

"A big "well done" from me to Tiger", Nicklaus tweeted. "But in my lifetime, I don't think I've seen a comeback like this". Right now it's a little soon. "My dad was here in 1997 and now I'm the dad with two kids there", he said. Prior to my comeback, they only knew that golf caused me a lot of pain. "I'm sure he's home in West Palm (Beach, Florida) just chilling and watching".

It was anyone's game until Francesco Molinari, who earlier hit 8-iron in Rae's Creek on the 12th hole for double bogey, hit a wedge off a tree limb and into the water on the par-5 15th that led to double bogey.

Woods served notice he had returned to form by contending last year at the British Open and PGA before snapping a five-year title drought by capturing the Tour Championship.

Woods finished at 13-under 275 and became, at 43, the oldest Masters champion since Nicklaus won his sixth green jacket at 46 in 1986.

Sunday's losses, though bad for many, likely won't come close to offsetting the profits amassed during Woods's down years.

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