‘Choked up’ Woods relives Masters win

The Masters over, Tiger Woods slipped on the green jacket again on the second Sunday in April. He just wasn't at Augusta National this year.

Woods got emotional on Sunday in the US, after CBS re-aired his victory of last year.

Tiger Woods completes an astonishing comeback to take out the US Masters last year.Credit:Getty

Woods had a lump in his throat at one point said, "now you're getting me choked up".

CBS last year quickly put together back-to-back images of Woods hugging his late father, Earl, after his record-setting victory in 1997 when he was 21, and then the embrace with his son, Charlie.

Woods said the embrace with his mother, Tida, was just as special.

"To have mum still there … people remember the hug with my dad, but my mum is here 22 years later with the same hug," Woods said.

"Special for all of us."

Woods said he didn't remember some parts of the celebration, just as thrusting both arms in the air and constantly screaming as the gallery chanted his name.

That wouldn't be the first time.

When he won at Bay Hill in 2008, he slammed his cap to the ground and later said he didn't realise he had done that.

Watching the end of the Masters from his Florida home, Woods told Nantz, "I don't remember screaming. I don't remember putting my arms up.

Tiger Woods dons his fifth green jacket following his remarkable win at Augusta National last year.Credit:AP

"It was one of those blackout moments. … I do remember my eyes coming back down and seeing people in front of me.

"As far as me celebrating? I don't remember that part."

He recalls thinking he needed to find Francesco Molinari and Tony Finau and their caddies, and then he was trying to find his own caddie, Joe LaCava.

"I finally found Joey and said, 'We did it!"' Woods said.

Each time Woods won a major – even the first of his 15 – it was one major closer to the 18 won by Jack Nicklaus. But 2019 was different. This was more about satisfaction and redemption than a thirst for more.

Woods said his kids once looked at him as the "YouTube" golfer because they never saw him at his best.

They were at Carnoustie in the summer of 2018 when he had the lead briefly in the final round of the British Open. They were with him at Augusta National, and that meant as much as the green jacket he wore – the jacket, he said, they fought over who could wear it on the flight home.

"It's been incredible for myself and my family to be a part of this, and for me to be the current Masters champion, it's crazy that somehow it all came together for one week," he said.

"One magical week."


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