Editor’s Note: This was originally published April 8th.
A year later, even Tiger Woods said the reaction to his 2019 Masters win “blew him away”.
We asked some of the world’s most famous names – celebrities, athletes, coaches, a former foreign minister – to relive the moment and tell us where they were, what they saw, how they felt.
In their words, they tell the story of Tiger Woods’ victory at Augusta National.
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“I was so excited when Tiger Woods won the Masters. In fact, the last couple of holes were after he made 16 birdies and he had a two-stroke lead, but I was still so nervous. I wanted him to win I wanted him to win it because Tiger went through everything. He’s a good friend and it was a wonderful story of redemption. I also wanted him to win for golf. Golf needed Tiger to win another major. So “When this putt I almost don’t even remember my feelings. I was so excited. I was also excited because I’ve known him for so long. As I tell him, I knew him as a skinny freshman at Stanford.
“My favorite story at Tiger was when I was a provost at university. I was overseeing athletics. The sports director came in one day, he was so excited and said, ‘Great news, Tiger Woods is a Stanford man.’ I said, “Who is Tiger Woods?” He said, “Tiger Woods is just going to be the greatest golfer in history.” I said, “Well, does he have good grades?” He said, “Yes, he has good grades”. That was how I first became aware of Tiger Woods, he would become a huge part of Stanford history and I am so proud of the fact that he still has a Stanford meter book with him when he won the Masters , it was also ‘Go’ Cardinal. ‘”
Actor Bill Murray shares his 2019 experience while watching Tiger Woods win the Masters.
“The reason I play golf is Tiger. In order not to be too simple, I saw someone, a brown guy playing, and I said, ‘This is amazing. He looks like an athlete.’ So of course I’m a Tiger fan. I was in a hotel room and had an appointment for something on a Sunday. I basically thought he was going to fall off, something was going to happen just because luck hasn’t been like that lately good to him. So I thought either he was going to break down or something was going to happen, blah, blah, blah. But … he’s still hanging in there. I’ll call [my appointment] and say I’m a little late Don’t worry though. I’ll be there. So there are four or five holes left [and I call] and i say i won’t make it cause even if he doesn’t win i want to see it.
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“I haven’t cried, but I have a little tears in my eyes, you know, for all of the papa bodies out there. Imagine how many papa bodies had a tear in their eyes. He’s hoping for all of the papa bodies out there outside.”
“To see that intensity in his face, that passion. … No matter what you do for work or as a father, it is the kind of passion you want to have for your job.
“The guy went through the alarm clock. Since I’m an older guy myself, you always pull after the guys who had that life experience. It would be hard to get a guy like Tiger back on top I guess the collective ‘Heck ‘yeah’ from all over the county when everyone saw this.
“Not that he’s older, but he’s older and to see him competing out there. He’s the reason a lot of these little kids play golf. It’s good to see the leader up there showing them how it works.”
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“It’s like when astronauts land on the moon, everyone knows what they did. It was an incredible achievement. I’ll say I love tigers, but I’ve been watching [University of Nebraska] Baseball team at this point. I would switch back every now and then and see a setting or two, but I saw most of it playing back.
“I love the underdog. When you hear people say he’ll never win again, he can’t do it anymore, he’ll never do it again, what a great one [in your] Face … people tell me something like this, you will never do this, you will never do this. Well, 11 albums, five platinum, six gold … [in your] Face baby I love it. I’m happy for him. I love it when people tell someone that you will never do it, you can’t do it and then they will. That’s great. “
“I stood behind him on the 16th when he almost made it, and on the 12th I stood next to him on the tee on Sunday. For me it was one of the coolest moments in sport. I feel like I kind of know what It feels like climbing up, down, and then back up. To do that, I know how difficult it is, and I know how amazing it feels when you get back on top. It was an experience for me that is difficult to put into words.
“He changed the game and brought it up to date. When he’s back and all these young people show up, it’s pretty crazy, it’s pretty epic to watch. To see Tiger really enjoy it, laugh and joke, it’s fun to watch. “
“We have at least 21 people out there who love to play golf. We play golf on the weekends when we are on our NASCAR weekends. I remember talking to all of our golfers in a group, which is a lot of NASCAR – Drivers talking about golf in a group chat. We remember seeing shot after shot his amazing talent and it seemed like we saw Tiger 15, 20 years ago. “
“I think people will always remember where they were when Tiger did that. It’s so much more fun when he’s in the tournament. He gets all the A-listers out. He does. To it there down to do with Augusta was one for the ages. “
“Whenever he’s in the mix, things get exciting and you get stuck to that TV. So there were four kids running around Saturday and Sunday. I came to a soccer game and pretended to be filming my daughter, but I am it really. ” Streaming and watching the masters and tigers. “
“Tiger is one of the greatest players of all time, and he’s also one of the greatest competitors. I had the privilege of playing with him in the 1990s when he just won the Masters for the first time. It’s something I’m going to never forget, he was always someone I made up my mind.
“We all as fans always love to see a great comeback … And for him it was probably as great an achievement as anyone to overcome all injuries and difficulties and come back to win another major this decade. It was a pleasure to see. “
“I felt relief for him. For a man who did as much work as he did from start to finish and went through a few things to deal with the breakdown of his body. As a former athlete, I understand how this stuff works. Him through.” To see everything struggle, to see him mentally tough, hold himself strong and persevere and get to the other side and win that green jacket again was great.
“He may not be able to do things like he used to because of the body itself, but mentally his game is as tough as anyone else’s. It was a message to everyone. No matter how old you get, how The Process May Be You have to go through the process to realize where you have been, where you are and where you are going. “
“I was there for the first two days of the tournament and then watched the last two rounds at home. I was thrilled. To know him, the mental state, what the game means to him and how much he is interested in the game – not just for himself but in terms of growth as well, I think it’s something that has really changed from the young tiger when it was, he had blinders on and focused solely on his successes so far .
“As a fan of the game, the game was shot in the arm. There are people who love tigers, there are people who hate tigers. No matter what, people will watch tigers. They will watch to see.” he plays badly, you will watch him transcend things. He is a polarizing figure. I heard people say Tiger moves the needle; Tiger is the needle. “
“I know it was important to him, but it was important for millions of people to see him come back and play the way he did. I didn’t see any fear on his face. He was on a mission. It is like he’s at the crush with a quarterback. If he doesn’t panic, neither are you. But if you’re on the sidelines and your coach says, “Oh my god, what do we do now?” Never seen you in Tiger’s face, he was focused.
“Everything was fine with the world, man. All the stars and moons were perfectly aligned because Tiger was back where it should be. I was home and saw it on TV and almost cried. Actually, I did. It was one of the best things I’ve ever seen in the sport … I was watching the videos of all the people who said he would never win again. They noticed who wasn’t there – me. Because I was him I’ve always said that God doesn’t give us enough brilliance to take it away. Tiger is a one-in-a-million. “
“I think how calm he was during the whole thing. There were a lot of different people [in the mix] and a lot of different things going on, he was just so stable. As an athlete, it is impressive to observe people with such an attitude. I’ve never met Tiger, but he’s got a huge fan here in Atlanta. Man since 1997. I remember watching the Masters grow up and then getting excited about golf. “
“I haven’t seen golf for five years because I only saw golf when Tiger played high-level and competed. I grew up watching him with my dad, he went out in his red polos and just dominated the field. I only watch golf when Tiger is playing.
“He was a phenomenon at a young age and then he hit rock bottom and came back from it. I think adversity plays a role in every life. I got emotional as I honestly watched it.”
“The only thing I know about golf is Tiger Woods’ comeback. I think I saw it a couple of times on YouTube. Everyone maligned him and said he was done. They say it’s the biggest comeback in sports – ever. I definitely saw Tiger going through what I went through – and it helped. “
“It just has that effect in this sport – the tiger effect. The galleries are insane, the fans are insane, the TV ratings are insane. It’s wild to see how one person can have so much traction and influence It’s one of the things that people say, “Golf is more exciting when Tiger is out hunting,” I think that was a great example of that. “
“I actually had some shoes with tigers on them. I made them for the day. I actually played in them [playoff game with the Houston Rockets]. I’m a big golfer, a big Tiger fan. It was a great day. I was crazy about my family. I actually signed a couple of these and sent them for his foundation. Incredible comeback and I think he has a lot more to do. “
“I remember talking on the phone with my son, who is a huge Tiger fan, and he said, ‘Dad, I got tears in my eyes when I see this.’ I think every real golfer, everyone who really appreciates the game understands what it means to golf, what it means to the game, what it means to the tour, what it means to their fellow tour professionals. Not, that golf is not good without him, not that golf is not good Great no matter who wins because there are so many great players today, but there is something special when Tigers are contested in a major and that major is the champions. I can’t even imagine the emotions he was feeling, but I know the feelings we all felt, the fans of him, and we’ll never forget it. “
“We saw the last three holes as a team (the Golden State Warriors). We should start training anytime and Tiger finishes the last three holes and it looks like he’s going to win. So instead of watching a movie, do we have.” watched the last three holes. It felt like we were watching something monumental, something historical, something sporty that was really unique. So it felt bigger than an exercise. We all cheered him. It was a pretty cool moment to see a group because it was such a good metaphor for the resilience of desire for competition for any athlete that it showed that this is how he could win the Masters. “
“I have five TVs in my living room. And it got to the point where I put all five TVs on the same thing because I wanted to watch it together. I remember 1997 when he won his first Masters, I was there Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I was a freshman to the NBA and I remember the bar I sat in. I was so excited and so proud – because he was so young and the only black golfer on tour besides Vijay [Singh]. To come full circle last year … Size is about durability over a long period of time.
“I think everyone felt their pain and it made them real because everyone said for the longest time, well, Tiger is unreal, he’s a robot. To do the things he does, nobody can understand that. But when he went through this once it was that showed he was real and in order to rebuild and win and be stronger and dominate it was a lesson for everyone to say you know what, i am not a tiger Woods, but if life knocks me down I can Stand up, I can fight. “
“To get back from everything he’s been through and all of his surgeries … I get chills right now when I think about it. When you think of golf I think everyone thinks of Tiger Woods. You know that he’s on the hunt. I kept telling myself that he was going to win all the time. Everyone else said, “No, no, no.” Then when it happened … the experience I wasn’t there but i felt like i saw it on tv. growing up he was the reason i started playing golf and seeing tigers. how dominant he was. it’s kind of special. he gave me a few clubs It’s pretty special. I told myself I won’t use them until I play with him. I don’t think I can hit them anyway, they are like real thin blades. “
“I went to the clubhouse in Houston and watched and everyone just stopped because we watched history. I think everyone just stopped what they did and appreciated what went into their work. We have a lot of golf fans in our clubhouse. So everyone watched. “
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“About halfway through the round you got the feeling that it felt like a Tiger-type tournament where you said, ‘OK, he’s coming and will he make it?’ So it was a few anxious breaths, hoping that he would hold out and win. “
“I didn’t miss a shot. I was stuck to the TV like the whole world. As soon as it was over, I texted him. Only the raw emotions we could see were special. I’ll do it.” Let’s say in my life they were the greatest masters I think I have ever seen. I know what he went through. I’ve played a thousand rounds it seems. Only when someone physically gets to a point where you get dressed I don’t know if you’ll ever play again and then you can climb back up the mountain and do something that everyone expected you to at the height of yours Game do. I think he showed the world that he wasn’t finished … I I think he showed himself and his children how they saw something special, historical. This again gives him hope of chasing a few more records that he has his eye on. “
Tiger Woods caddy Joe LaCava shares his memories of the final putt at the 2019 Masters.
“I watched it from the boat (a 112-foot yacht called the Sea Bear).
“As the boys started filling Rae’s Creek on the 12th hole, I watch them one by one hit the ball to the right of the bunker and I said, ‘Really?’ You just can’t hit the ball to the right of the bunker. How many times have you seen the tournament lose because they hit it to the right of the bunker?
“I can tell you I didn’t leave my chair. Tiger hit the ball and of course he made a small cut across the left side of the bunker into the center of the green. And the tournament is over.
“Tiger was smart enough to play the shot he played and he could play it. Tiger was rejuvenated by watching these balls go into the water and knowing he was smart enough not to do that You could only see it on his face. It was him back to what he used to do. ”
“I didn’t see it live. I was on my way to the airport. I was tracking my phone. I got updates on my phone. And then of course I was watching the highlights when I got home. You have to watch. ” how it is done.
“I think it took people back to a time when they were 10 years younger. They saw that. It was a great nostalgic feeling. We watched Tigers do it every Sunday for years. And I think everyone has the fights He went through it and the fact that he could hold on and get back to that level. It was great. ”
“I was just trying to pretend to play the best I can. Don’t worry. He doesn’t scare me. …
“It was cool to see. It was cool to finish and see it in the scoring tent. When I was signing my card, he hit his chip [on 18]. And I think if I stand outside and wait for him, I won’t see it. So I might as well have a look at it. It was pretty cool, it was unique to see so many people. And everyone should be happy for him. It’s good for our sport, good for the fans, good for us, good for everyone. ”
“I got the feeling when he went on the green on the 12th and stood on the left side of the green and waited for these guys, he pretty much said, ‘Look at me, look at me. I’m colors in my power. ‘ I think the effect was real. And I felt like it was going to win, you could just feel it.
“All anyone could talk about was that they won. I was emotionally affected by it. I really love Tiger, always have. I saw him the first time he showed up and was stuck with him. It was one of those things, when things started to get tummy. I used to say, ‘Naysayers watch out. You don’t know how good this guy is. If you write him off, if you get it wrong.’ “
“I think I see it differently from most of the others. I was so on my trail. I wasn’t worried about Tiger and what he was doing until we pulled off the tee on the 18th and I knew I wasn’t going to win. And when he hit it on the fairway and he would win, I was really happy for him and the game. But for 17 holes, I was just worried about myself. Everyone enjoys seeing tigers on the hunt. “
“I was in the little dining area and had lunch and I think he just made birdie when he was 15. When he hit his tee shot at 16 and made that putt, it was like saying, ‘Wow, he will win this thing. ”Then after that [Koepka] missed that putt and made par, at which point it was over. So it started and it was like, “Wow, this actually happens. That’s incredible.'”
“It was just like that [when] Nicklaus won at 46. I had just finished the game [the Masters that year, finishing 47th] and I went to Atlanta. I was at the airport and there was a bar across from our gate where we got on the plane. And Nicklaus did that eagle putt to 15, everyone went crazy. And they loaded the plane and no one would get on. They had to stop and wait for Nicklaus to finish. We told them to go ahead, we’ll take the next one! I remember exactly where I was then.
“And so it was with Tiger. I was at home and it was wonderful. I was in awe. I thought that was the best thing that ever happened to the game. I can’t tell you what words I used but there weren’t any. ” I know he’s had a pretty private life all these years. And when he got hurt and it looked like he wasn’t playing anymore, he realized that people really loved him. He got all kinds of letters. And I don’t think he ever noticed that. When he came back it was for the better how they accepted him. He has a lot of personality. He needs to understand now how much people love him. Especially golfers. We respect him. He didn’t fall out of bed and become the greatest golfer in the world. ”
“It [felt like he would win] was definitely when Tiger was on the fairway on the 11th and the group in front of him (Ian Poulter, Brooks Koepka, Webb Simpson) threw balls into the water on the 12th and it continued when he stepped on the tee at 12. It was like, ‘Oh my god, now everything is in line. The stars are aligned. The karma is on his side. ‘It’s like he’s on top of the world and others always find a way to fall apart.
“It’s not meant to change the way Tiger played. Those things added up to a very familiar feeling for me and I didn’t think anyone but Tiger could win. [Francesco ] Molinari had been a stone up to that point, going back as far as Carnoustie when he defeated Tiger at The Open. Just to see all of these mistakes at 12, it was shocking. And when Tiger got his shot on the 12th, I never had a doubt about where he was going to hit that ball. And right where you thought you could probably have drawn a 3 foot circle, and that’s where his ball went.
“I’ve had so many different situations where I’ve been moved by a moment. There were a million of them. But it definitely touched me when Tiger had that moment behind the 18th green with his kids. As a father, it was I didn’t say anything. And that was pretty moving. ”
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“I was in Hawaii for LPGA Lotte. Unfortunately, I tried to qualify for Monday on Monday so I actually missed it.” [the final round of the Masters]. As I warmed up, I kept abreast of all updates, one shot at a time.
“It was one of those moments when you knew it was a very special time in golf history. I was on the track, I was on the putting green checking my phone – and everyone else, too. It was one of those Times when everyone stopped what they were doing and Tiger watched what they did, it was surreal, it was one of those special moments that you will always remember.
“I remember being on my first hole on the fairway and someone said, ‘Tiger won.’ It makes me stop. I get goose bumps. I get emotional.
“Some of my favorite times are just being with the kids and seeing what a great dad he is. Seeing that side of him that a lot of people have seen after he won the Masters. The hug was, believe me, one of the best times in tiger history, it was the emotional side of him.
Professional golfer Jessica Korda remembers the long way back for Tiger Woods and the eventual victory at the Masters 2019.
“My roommate Jenny Suh and I have been living together for four years. They started early on Sunday [because of the threat of thunderstorms in Augusta, Georgia]. So we said, “Sweet, we’re going to get up and have something like brunch.” So we made allspice and cheese sandwiches and we had mimosas and we basically sat on the couch and drank all morning and watched tigers. It was fantastic. And then we cried like babies when he won because … it’s tiger. If you say he has no impact on your golf career, you are probably lying to yourself. He is everything I saw as a kid. “
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