Breaking down Tiger Woods' stunning career comeback to win Masters at 43

The pro-golfer won his first major title in 11 years after being plagued by a series of professional and personal setbacks including treatment for sex addiction and chronic back injuries.
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We don't have kings in America, but we sure do love a comeback. The return to glory. It wasn't so much that tiger Woods won the masters. It's the fact that he got knocked down and on the holy grail of golf he got up. It's been alost. The body, the game, life. It just all evolved in -- it all moves forward. This is the greatest comeback in sports history. Coming from behind to do it on the last day. That's what sports is all about. That's what greatness is all about. And there are reasons why this win, this comeback transcends sport. Sunday we watched a family go full circle. Tiger the father embraced his boy. 22 years earlier the same thing, same red shirt, tiger the prodigy embraced by his father. Private whispers then and now, not just about the win but all that it took to get there. They only know me as dad. They saw all the tough times, and so they didn't realize how much that golf meant to me in my life and all the good times, because they always saw golf hurt their dad, but thankfully in the last couple of years, I've certainly evolved and changed and they have seen the joy that the game of golf brings me. Woods has done more than enjoy the game. He changed it. I first met Eldredge woods in 199 is. He was 16, tiger was his nickname and eknew then that golf was more than a game. He came to Boston to win a golf tournament and first put on a clinic for inner city kids who had never seen anyone like him do what he was doing. It means a lot to me that a lot of black kids are starting to take up the game now, and I'm not the only one now. I asked tiger afterwards why someone so young was doing so much. His response. Forecast of what was to come. I'm not your average 16-year-old. Tiger Woods has never been average. He was playing golf by the time he was 11 months old. Tiger Woods and his father Earl woods. A prodigy by 2. He showed his playing prowess on "The Mike Douglas show." That's incredible at age 5. Earl woods functioning as his son's coach, his publicist and his manager, and more compelling than the boy's game was the bond between father and son as clearly evident in a 1993 interview with ABC's John Quinones. How would you describe your relationship with tiger? Best friend, no IFS, and or buts about it, he's my best Together they built a brand. With his father's blessing tiger dropped out of Stanford and into the world of professional golf, winning tournaments and endorsement deals, soon he made more than money, history, Bick becoming the first black man to win the masters and the youngest of any race at 21. What drew people initially to Tiger Woods the winning and the wing and the winning. When you watched Tiger Woods, you thought you were watching history. It was like watching Michael Jordan every time you watched Tiger Woods. You thought something special was going to happen. By the time he was 30, tiger Woods was the most dominant golfer on Earth, like few sportsmen in history. His impact went beyond the arena where he played. On the short lives iconic athletes recognized simply by one name. Think Jackie as in Jackie Robinson, Ali, the babe. Tiger rose that high. His significance that grand. He established for a young generation of people of color that, hey, we can play this game. We can be great at this game. Tiger Woods did it. Why can't? I what's riveting about yesterday is those very people he was playing against fighting tooth-and-nail to win the masters are the very people he helped bring to the game. They played in large part because he played. But like heroes before him, his epic rise was followed by an epic fall. In 2006 he lost his father, and by 2009 the spiraling death of his good name. That now infamous car crash in front of his Florida home, infidelity would cost him his marriage and so much more. All that came crashing down, and so I think there was that period from 'a 09 through say '13 or so where everyone is kind of asking who is Tiger Woods? The messy details of his private life spilling out not a number of extra marital affairs, rehab for sex addiction. That tiger swagger was gone. Replaced by shame. I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish The public scandal also cost him millions of dollars in sponsorships. This was like this guy who set this up perfect image and all of a sudden we realized it's just a sham and that's what people thought. They thought here's a sham. This is a guy who isn't real. He never was what we thought he was. By 2013 he was well on his way to his first run at a comeback winning five tournaments and named the PGA tour player of the year. But soon thereafter woods was shrined again, first by injury and then once again by scandal. I'm trying. I'm trying everything just to be able to get back and play. In 2017 woods talked to ABC about his ongoing battle with back pain which required multiple surgeries. I need to get back physically. The mind is sharp. I just need to get the body willing to do it. That's the hard part is getting the prep time in and I haven't been able to get as much prep time in, haven't been able to train like I used to, practice like I used to so it's been harder. A couple of months later in may, this infamous mug shot. Police arrested woods for suspicion of driving under the influence. Right over here. Everyone saw it. Everyone couldn't look away and then the video, the dashcam video and tiger is having trouble walking that straight line and he's clearly -- clearly in significant trouble. A police officer found woods asleep at the we will around 3:00 A.M. Another his Florida home. Tests showed there was no alcohol in his system. In a statement woods apologized to his family and said what happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. It was breathtaking how far tiger had fallen. It was sad. It was troubling. It was devastating. By now his body had betrayed him. His actions had diminished him. The whispers had become a chorus. Too much bag and, too many injuries. Tiger Woods was washed up. But last year his first PGA win in more than five seasons. The evolution we've seen of him over the past year or two, we see a man that's more humble, a man that gives to children's charities, a man that does more pubically but more than that you saw his love for his family, and that I think is turning the tide of public opinion with tiger Woods. I think people are now seeing in Tiger Woods at 43 a more mature, a more open and a more human person, and I think that's going to attract a lot of fans to him. All of this leading to him, woods striding up the fairway in his signature red, the now 43-year-old no longer the freshest face on the tour, no longer the number one player. Back when Tiger Woods was the best golfer in the world, he wasn't the most beloved. Viewed as arrogant, aloof. Now that old hubris is replaced by humility, a man softened by What will he do next? That remains to be seen. He can still be great, but even if he's not great, I think he's proven himself as a legend. Woods' longtime sponsor Nike releasing this ad right after Sunday's victory. I'm going to be jack Nicklaus. Woods is chasing that dream with 1/5 majors and Nicklaus has 18. He may never get there, but few golfers, few athletes have never risen higher, fallen further and come back forran core. 15th major today. 18? We'll just 15. 15 has been a long time coming. President trump tweeting tonight he'll present tiger Woods with the presidential medal of freedom.

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