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‘I’m just lucky to be able to do this again': Tiger Woods on fifth Masters win – video


The golfer’s victory after a past of health and personal problems caps a stunning turnaround

In what is being billed as one of the finest comeback stories in sporting history, Tiger Woods won the Masters on Sunday in Augusta, Georgia.

Woods’ victory, aged 43, takes his tally of major titles – the Masters, US PGA Championship, US Open and Open Championship – to 15. This latest success, though, is being widely heralded as his most remarkable.

Woods underwent surgery on his back for a fourth time in April 2017, which by his own admission was the last throw of the dice in respect of saving a record-breaking career that had regressed towards deep turmoil. In the lead-up to that operation, a spinal fusion, he told of being unable to sit at a dinner table or play with his children due to the extent of his physical impairment.

Those children – daughter Sam, born in 2007, and son Charlie, born in 2009, were on hand as Woods won what is his fifth Masters, as was his mother Kultida. Only one player in history, Jack Nicklaus, has claimed this event more times.

“I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple years ago,” Woods explained. “I could barely walk. I couldn’t sit, couldn’t lay down. I really couldn’t do much of anything. This is just unreal, to be honest with you. This has meant so much to me and my family, this tournament, and to have everyone here, it’s something I’ll never, ever forget.”

The player was a childhood prodigy who escalated golf, in terms of commercial appeal and popularity, into fresh territory from the late 1990s. He became one of the world’s most instantly identifiable sports people. His insistence that golf was an athletic pursuit – Woods’s training has always been famously vigorous – rather than a casual pastime altered the sport’s dynamic and resonated with younger players. That Woods was black, in a sport of traditional white dominance, was also pertinent. Woods routinely suffered prejudicial treatment at golf clubs in his youth.

He became the youngest-ever winner of the Masters in 1997, aged 21, by an astonishing 12-stroke margin and was ranked as the world’s No 1 golfer two months later. Woods subsequently spent a record number of consecutive weeks, 281, and total weeks, 683, in that position.

Woods’s domination of golf was emphasised in 2000, when he won three majors. By the end of 2008, Woods had won 14 majors but injuries were beginning to cause problems. And other issues were to follow.

He crashed his car into a fire hydrant when driving from his home in Florida in the early hours of 27 November 2009, citing a “private matter” as responsible for the incident. Within days, speculation relating to a string of extra-marital affairs had developed into widespread revelations from mistresses.

Woods, who had married Elin Nordegren in 2004, admitted to infidelity. It led to his divorce and a break from professional golf. A string of blue-chip sponsors also dropped Woods from their rosters. In February 2010, in what was as extraordinary a scene then as it looks now, Woods issued a televised apology for his behaviour during which he revealed he had been attending therapy sessions. “I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to,” said Woods.

In a book published in 2017, Woods reflected on the behaviour that cost him his marriage. “Elin and I were so much in love when we married in 2004,” said Woods. “But I betrayed her. My dishonesty and selfishness caused her intense pain. Elin and I tried to repair the damage I had done, but we couldn’t. My regret will last a lifetime.”

As back injuries took hold, Woods had fallen out of the world’s top 500 golfers by May 2016. Eighteen months later, he was 1,193rd. In between those junctures, in May 2017, police footage of a wildly disorientated Woods was beamed across the world after he was arrested in Florida and charged with driving under the influence. A toxicology report showed the golfer had five drugs in his system.

“What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications,” said Woods. “I didn’t realise the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. I would like to apologise with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.”

After appearing in a courtroom, Woods was ordered to pay a $250 fine, attend a DUI school and perform 20 hours of community service. The golf community had ostensibly given up hope of Woods featuring prominently ever again.

From the start of 2018 and upon healing from the spinal fusion, Woods started to be competitive – and confident – once more. He secured a first tournament victory in more than five years and the 80th as sanctioned by the PGA Tour at East Lake, Atlanta last September amid memorable scenes where he was mobbed by jubilant fans on the closing hole. The next step was major glory; as he returned to where it all began: Augusta National.

“It hasn’t sunk in at all,” Woods addd. “This is one of those things, it’s going to take a little bit of time. To have the opportunity to come back like this, it is probably one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had, for sure.”


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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Colin Murray |

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

GOLFER Ysabelle Lawrence and martial arts’ Gabrielle Wood brought team TTO’s triumphant performance at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to an end yesterday, hours before a ceremony closed the curtains to the quadrennial event after more than two weeks of action.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.


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