Tiger Woods 2019 comeback: Nike shares rise after Woods' Masters win

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With the win, Tiger has answered one important question - he is capable of capturing more major titles.

Next year's U.S. Open is at Winged Foot in suburban NY, a course at which Woods has found less success: He missed the cut at the 2006 U.S. Open and finished tied for 29th at the 1997 PGA Championship. Francesco Molinari - the American's scourge at the 2018 Open Championship - looked like holding him off yet again.

Woods then drove the green in two at the par-5 15 and tapped in for birdie to seize the lead alone at 13-under par then sank a four-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16 to stretch his advantage to two shots with two holes remaining.

"So my last three major championships have been pretty good, so that in itself gives me a lot of confidence going down the road, and I had a pretty good feeling going into this week that I was going to be able to contend in this event". The sweet moment mirrored the embrace Woods famously shared with his late father Earl after winning his first Masters in 1997.

"It's hard to really feel bad about how I played, just because I just witnessed history", Schauffele said.

"I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple years ago, " he told ESPN. "I said to my caddie and to everyone in my camp, 'I'm going to make a hole-in-one here one day, ' and sure enough it was my first one three years later". $1.19 million. And William Hill U.S.is feeling it. It's great for him to be involved in the game and now he's got his 15th major. Molinari went 49 straight holes without a bogey, a streak that ended on the seventh hole.

DeChambeau, who opened the tournament with a 66, closed with a 72 and tied for 29th at 4 under. He needs breaks like the mere mortals he used to pulverize.

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Getting to 18 is only easier because Woods is one major closer, a conversation caddie Joe LaCava said they have shared.

"We're on 14 and I said, 'Let's get to 15.' You can't be on 14 and thinking about 18", LaCava said.

"We were a small loser to Tiger before the start but were able to fade it over the course of the tournament", Rood said.

Nicklaus can only watch and admire, which he has done all along. "My dad was here in 97 (when he won his first Masters) and now I'm the dad with two kids there". "Nobody wants their record to be broken".

"Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget".

Whether he truly believed that he'd never return to professional golf again we'll perhaps never know, but Tiger underwent spinal fusion surgery nearly two years ago to the day, an operation that along with the levels of determination and desire to return that only some champions have, put him back on the road to recovery.

That's what Nicklaus saw at Augusta National. After the tournament, FanDuel published new odds on the rest of Woods's career.

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