Augusta, Ga. Tiger Woods Emotional during his news conference on Tuesday, remembering his 2019 Masters victory. Apparently he arrived at the champion dinner he hosted at the Augusta National on Tuesday night.
By tradition, the Rescue Champion leads the dinner, which includes only the last tournament winner and club chairman, Fred Ridley.
The gathering was small this year as many previous champions were chosen not to come because of the coronavirus epidemic, but 86-year-old Gary Player and 80-year-old Jack Nichols attended and noted how impressed they were by Woods’ comments.
“Tiger was really impressive as the host of this year’s dinner,” said the player, who hit a formal tea shot on Thursday morning to kick off the 84th Masters with Nicholas. “I was heartbroken to hear him speak.
He said he was on the way to the golf course and had to stop because he had tears in his eyes and stopped for a while on the road because a lot of memories were passing through his mind as fast as I did. Explained. What he was saying, and there was winning the tournament again with his kids. “
Woods became emotional on Tuesday in his pre-tournament news conference, detailing his 15th major victory and his fifth Masters victory. She said her son, Charlie’s hug, reminds her of 22 years ago when Woods won her first master’s degree in 1997 and met her late father, Earl, behind the 18th Green.
“It was a complete cycle,” Woods said.
Officially called the Masters Club, the dinner began during the 1952 tournament when defending champion Ben Hogan hosted all the former winners. Each year, the defending champion hosts dinner and chooses the menu.
Two-time master champion Ben Cranshaw has been the master of ceremonies for many years, and many of the previous champions, in particular, tell or tell stories.
“Gary was right, Tiger was very emotional,” said Nicholas. “I’ve never seen a tiger like that. But it was good. It’s always good. You always walk away with a feeling you didn’t have before.”
Woods won in 2019, almost two years after his spinal fusion surgery, the fourth surgery on his back. Sometimes Woods’ low back fits him, and he’s struggled with it in several tournaments this year.
But the 82-time PGA Tour winner announced himself earlier this week, and spoke to Nicholas Woods, who told him, “I think I have another one.”
“And he can be,” added the 18-time big champion. “There may be more than one. Tiger is no different from the rest of us. What we do, it hurts our bodies.”