Tiger Woods: I am very lucky to be playing again
Tiger Woods produced one of sport’s all-time great comebacks on Sunday to win a first major since 2008 by winning the Masters but revealed afterwards that he feels lucky to just be playing again.
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A gritty two-under 70 clinched a one-shot victory over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele and earned the 43-year-old a 15th major title, his first since a 2008 US Open, and a fifth Masters title.
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But Woods, who is now just three majors shy of Jack Nicklaus’ record haul of 18, said he feels fortunate to be playing golf after a succession of setbacks.
" It's overwhelming just because I am very lucky to be playing again "
Francesco Molinari had played near flawless golf through the first three rounds, carding a single bogey, but on Sunday a bogey along with the two doubles during a miserable final round of two-over 74 left him two back of the winner, allowing Woods to seal a first Masters title in 14 years.
"I was just trying to plod my way along the golf course all day," said Woods. "When I tapped the putt in, I don’t know what I did but I know I screamed.”
"To have my kids there – it’s come full circle. My dad was here in 97 (when he won his first Masters) and now I’m the dad with two kids there."
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