He went 28 majors over 11 years without winning, and no sooner did he stretch his arms into that familiar green jacket - "Ah, it fits", he said in Butler Cabin - was he asked about the 18 majors Jack Nicklaus won to set the gold standard in golf.
That Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Brooks Koepka, Bernhard Langer and Adam Scott stood to shake the hand of a victorious Tiger Woods as he headed to sign his Sunday scorecard at Augusta National proved a sign of things to come.
"It's overwhelming because of what has transpired". "I saw this as something that potentially could happen".
"We are still doing well overall with wagers involving Tiger", Jeff Sherman, vice president of risk at Westgate SuperBook, said in an email. If I tried to swing a club I'd be on the ground in pain, so that's basically all they remember.
"I've had the procedure where that's no longer the case and I can do this again".
The bookmakers certainly think there's a chance; Woods has been positioned as favorite for the year's three remaining majors.
Tiger Woods won his first major in 11 years on Sunday, and he was a picture of joy as he punched the air and roared with delight.
"Running the numbers on how long it'll take me to get to 15".
In a desperate attempt to get the season's first major across the finish line before the storm hit, officials pushed up start times and sent golfers off in threesomes from both the first and 10th tees. Perhaps no one aside from Woods himself stood to benefit from his redemption more than Nike. Just the opposite of previous year when hardly anyone was a Patrick Reed fan when he won, it seemed EVERYONE was a Tiger fan on Sunday. "At that point, I'll hopefully have a few under my own belt". "Congratulations Tiger. So special for you and your family". If the Masters is the most memorable of his 15 majors, Pebble Beach remains his greatest performance.
But with a surgically-fused back that is allowing him to generate nearly as much power as 20 years ago it would be fearless to bet against a man who has already done the seemingly impossible time and time again.
On Tuesday, a bettor at a William Hill U.S. sportsbook at SLS Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada placed an $85,000 bet on Woods to win at 14-1 odds.
It has already been coined by many as the greatest sporting comeback of them all - a journey that has included career-saving spinal fusion surgery and a tumultuous series of personal problems that threatened to bring an end to the career of a golfing icon.
Molinari, who also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in March, added: 'I learnt a lot from today, from the whole week.
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