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Tiger Woods Wins the 2019 Masters: Reaction to one of the Greatest Comebacks in Sport

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The most thrilling comeback in American sports history. Tiger Woods, at the age of 43, has won the 2019 Masters at Augusta for the first time since 2005.

The Augusta National Golf Club is where Tiger Woods, 22 years ago, first burst into the sports world, like no one we had seen before: golf’s first black superstar, a player who everyone figured would rewrite his sport’s record book. He won by a dozen strokes that day in 1997, as a 21-year-old, and that was just the beginning. By the time he was 32, Woods had won 14 major championships, even taking four in a row. He gave a fans a reason to stay in on Sundays, and watch men walk on grass and swing at a little white ball.

Fast forward to the making of an epic win, Woods and one of his playing partners in the final group, Francesco Molinari, would go shot for shot down the stretch. But on the 15th hole Molinari, last year’s British Open champion, hit a shot in the water, essentially knocking him out of the tournament. Woods stuck his tee shot on 16, giving him another birdie and more breathing room. Brooks Koepka — winner of three majors since 2017, and playing in the group ahead of Woods — could have cut Woods’ lead to a single stroke on 18, but he missed a make-able birdie putt. All Woods needed was a bogey 5 on 18 to clinch it.

Tiger had been inching towards his moment. He contended in the last two majors, which enabled him to refresh his memory of how to win one: stay calm, keep on and let the other guys make mistakes.

When he tapped in the winning putt, for his 15th career major, Woods screamed and flipped his club. He hugged his son Charlie and daughter Sam, who was about to turn one. Woods grew hoarse from all his cheering, and rightfully so, he refused to hide his emotions.

“I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple years ago,” Woods explained. “I could barely walk. I couldn’t sit, couldn’t lay down. I really couldn’t do much of anything. This is just unreal, to be honest with you. This has meant so much to me and my family, this tournament, and to have everyone here, it’s something I’ll never, ever forget.”

Twenty-three time Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams joined in to congratulate Woods on his victory.

I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods 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.— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) April 14, 2019

Former LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant also sent his praise.

The victory is a major comeback for Woods who faced a series of setbacks in his personal and professional life. This inspiring win has shown the unique powers of redemption that sport offers to anybody willing to work hard enough for it.

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Raptors’ road to the NBA Finals

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WATCH: It has been 24 years in the making and it took 100 playoff games, but the Raptors have finally made it to the grandest stage. It’s been a rough, emotional and frustrating ride but it has all led to this, a date with the Warriors in the NBA Finals. Relive the ups and downs of their journey here.

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Toronto Raptors Trophy Presentation Ceremony – 2019 Eastern Conference Finals Champions

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WATCH: 2019 Eastern Confernce Finals Champions Toronto Raptors Trophy Ceremony. Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors – Game 6 | Eastern Conference Finals ECF | May 25, 2019 NBA Playoffs

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24 Years in the Making: The Toronto Raptors Advance to 1st NBA Finals in Franchise History

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The Toronto Raptors are headed to the NBA Finals, a basketball success story Canadians have been waiting on for 24 seasons.

The Toronto Raptors made history Saturday night by becoming the first Canadian team to reach the NBA finals after dominating past the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 in Game 6. 

Throughout the entire 2019 playoffs, Leonard has been sensational. With a game 7 buzzer-beater, seven 35-point games, a 45-point game, a 17-rebound game, a nine-assist game and a generally-relentless attitude on defense, in particular while defending Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Kyle Lowry, played through relentless pain of a sprained thumb, had 17 points and eight assists, and grabbed the game ball after the final buzzer.

“It’s taken a long time to get here in my career, 13 years, seven years here,” he said, his baseball cap reading “NBA Finals” pulled down over his head. “I’m going to savour the moment, but I’m not satisfied. Our goal is to win the NBA championship.”

Thousands of people took to the streets of Toronto in celebration of the Raptors’ historic Eastern Conference championship win. Crowds erupted outside of Scotiabank Arena.

Other images posted online showed fans lighting off fireworks in the streets, crowds closing off roads and even people climbing on top of TTC buses and trucks outside of Union Station.

As celebrations were underway, Toronto police sent out a tweet asking everyone to be “mindful, courteous and safe” and on Sunday morning, a police spokesperson confirmed to that no arrests were made during the celebrations.

Raptors ambassador Drake was courtside during the game, cheering on the team and wearing a sweater that read, “Kawhi me a river,” hyping up the crowd. Drake hugged Kawhi Leonard and gave coach Nick Nurse another epic shoulder rub to shut down the haters.

Toronto had an incredible comeback in the series to win four straight games after trailing 2–0 to the Bucks. They will open the NBA finals at home on Thursday night against six-time champions Golden State Warriors. Until then, embrace and enjoy this moment Canada.

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