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Tiger Woods falls short at Masters but completes miraculous comeback



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Golf legend Tiger Woods shot a 6-over spherical of 78 on Sunday at Augusta to complete far down the leaderboard and cap a weekend when numbers hardly mattered to followers.

He completed at 13 over for the week, his whole of 301 by far his worst on the Masters and one shot off his worst 72-hole rating ever as knowledgeable.

The 47th-place finish belied the thunderous applause Woods acquired as he walked up the 18th fairway. Woods, in a crimson shirt synonymous with final-round fees, eliminated his cap and acknowledged roars from Augusta Nationwide patrons.

“Grateful, as I alluded to. I hold saying it, however I’m. I actually am. I really am. Simply to get so far,” Woods informed reporters after Sunday’s closing spherical.

“Simply to have the ability to play, and never solely simply to play, however I put up a superb first spherical. I acquired myself there. I don’t fairly have the endurance that I wish to have had, however as of some weeks in the past, didn’t even know if I used to be going to play on this occasion.”

This was Woods’ comeback match that got here simply over a yr after the automobile crash that almost value him his proper leg, or worse. He stated coming into the Masters that simply getting again was an accomplishment.

Woods was limping all through his closing spherical, and the limp appeared a lot worse Sunday than it was earlier within the Masters.

Simply making the minimize and getting by 4 days on probably the most famed course in America was its personal victory for Woods.

Requested if this weekend’s play marked one in all his best achievements, Woods stated: “For not successful an occasion, sure. Sure, unquestionably.”

“To go from the place I used to be to get so far, I’ve had an unimaginable crew that has helped me get so far,” he added.

The 15-time main champion’s mere presence at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership was a lift for the game which has been on the lookout for its subsequent attention-grabbing, crossover hit to fill the star void — left by Woods, himself.

He last played a aggressive, particular person spherical of golf at the 2020 Masters, held in November that yr as a substitute of its regular spring tee off as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.

The 46-year-old Woods did swing a membership in December on the PNC Championship, a 36-hole father-son competition in Florida the place he and 13-year-old Charlie Woods finished second to the team of John Daly and John Daly II.

Woods enjoying in a significant occasion just like the Masters appeared like an not possible process final yr, after a Feb. 23 wipe out on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County.

That is when he rolled a Genesis GV80 close to Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Street, on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, officers stated.

Nobody else was damage aside from Woods, who suffered important accidents to each legs.

There have been no indicators of impairment, L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies on the scene stated, although a blood check was by no means taken.

He was driving more than 80 mph, nearly double the posted 45 mph pace restrict, officers stated. Woods was nonetheless going 75 mph when he hit the tree because the SUV went airborne.

Though the SUV’s entrance finish was virtually completely smashed aside, a lot of the driving force’s compartment remained intact and Woods was carrying a seat belt.

A deputy on the time stated it was “very lucky that Mr. Woods was capable of come out of this alive.”

The reason for the crash was deemed to be attributable to “driving at a pace unsafe for the highway situations and the lack to barter the curve of the roadway” and no fees had been filed.

Woods has acknowledged that he’ll never play full-time on the PGA Tour once more.

His 82 tournament titles is tied for many in PGA Tour historical past, with Sam Snead. All through a lot of storied profession, it was thought-about slam dunk that Woods would sometime overtake Jack Nicklaus’ document of 18 main titles.

However in recent times, age, accidents and off-the-course points have slowed Woods, whose identify is often talked about high of any sentences — along with Nicklaus and Ben Hogan — debating who’s the game’s best participant.

His storied profession has drawn comparisons to Jackie Robinson, who broke MLB’s colour barrier, and fueled hopes that golf can attract a extra numerous participant pool.

Andrew Blankstein contributed.