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Tiger Woods wins Masters: photo melts world's heart after epic comeback win

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Tiger Woods has won the Masters. Sporting luminaries are lauding the phenomenal comeback, while one image has captured the world's heart.

Woods is finally a major champion again 11 years after his last major, at the 2008 US Open. He has emerged from a damaging sex scandal that ended his marriage, plus a raft of injury problems, including spinal fusion surgery that could have ended his career.

Tennis legend Serena Williams led tributes to her "buddy", saying that his triumph had brought her to tears.

Woods claimed his fifth green jacket 22 years after his first at Augusta National, when he was just 21. That year, he embraced his late father Earl near the 18th green, with his dad overcoming a heart attack to witness his son's first major title.

In 2019, Woods hugged his son Charlie after winning his 15th major championship, aged 43. The image immediately evoked memories of Tiger and Earl in 1997, with the golf legend having come full circle from son to father.

"Last year I was just very lucky to be playing again. I missed a couple of years of not playing this great tournament to now being champion," Woods said.

"Unreal for me to experience this, my mom (Kutilda) was here and she was there in '97 as well. I couldn't be more happier or excited, I'm lost for words.

"It's up there as one of the hardest I've ever had to win. My father shouldn't have been there [in '97], he was recovering from a heart attack and heart surgery.


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