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Spring-Summer 2019

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humbled by his own mistakes, and he came out the other side. He got himself help, he got his body right, he got his head right and he went to work on his game. I couldn't be happier for him and his family." Tributes poured in for a victory that transcended sport. Michael Jordan hailed Woods for "the greatest comeback I've ever seen." Another GOAT, Serena Williams, tweeted, "I am literally in tears watching Tiger Woods. This is Greatness like no other. Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? Wow! Congrats a million times! I am so inspired thank you buddy." PGA Tour veteran Emiliano Grillo was more succinct: "Tiger Woods for President." Speaking of which, President Barack Obama weighed in, too, tweeting, "Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excel- lence, grit, and determination." Woods now brings all of this mojo to the U.S. Open. Pebble Beach has always been a measuring stick of greatness. Jack Nicklaus won there in 1972, the first time the U.S. Open came to Pebble: it was one of his record 18 major champi- onship victories, the seemingly impossi- ble standard Woods has been chasing since he was a boy. In 2000, Woods overwhelmed Pebble Beach en route to winning the U.S. Open by 15 strokes, the greatest performance in golf history. But when the national cham- pionship returned 10 years later, it served as a cruel reminder of how far the scan- dal-racked Woods had fallen: he faded badly on Sunday and finished tied for fourth, shooting a four-round total of 287, 15 strokes worse than C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 9 139 Photo: Aflo Co. Ltd. / Alamy Stock Photo What has separated Woods from his competition is his focus, intensity and cerebral approach to the game. Athletes like Serena Williams, Michael Jordan, and even President Barack Obama tweeted their congratulations when Woods won the 2019 Masters. Excitement is high for Woods' performance at the U.S. Open. Photo: Shuttertock

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