- Tiger Woods said that golf is so hard that it has caused him to lose some of his hair.
- On Sunday, Woods won the 2019 Masters, his fifth championship at Augusta National Golf Club and his 15th major championship overall.
- His latest success may be the sweetest of the lot because it arrived after an 11-year spell away from the sport’s greatest prizes.
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Tiger Woods says the world now knows why he’s balding after he won a fifth Masters on Sunday at the age of 43.
The veteran golfer had been bereft of major championship victories for 11 years, amid scandals in his private life, and had feared he would struggle to walk, let alone compete, because of four back surgeries.
But Woods stormed back up the World Golf Ranking and claimed a 15th major championship on Sunday, finishing 13 under par, one ahead of a three-way tie for second among Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, and Brooks Koepka.
He said he had even lost hair because of his tough battle back to the highest echelons of the sport, fending off challenges from the aforementioned trio, as well as Jason Day, Francesco Molinari, and Tony Finau.
“Everyone was playing well. You couldn’t have had more drama than what we all had out there,” Woods said at a post-event press conference broadcast by the official Masters YouTube channel. “Now we know why I’m balding – this stuff is hard!”
With watering eyes, he added: “To come back here and to play as well as I did, and did all the little things well this week, and to do it here – this meant so much to me and my family, this tournament, to have everyone here. It’s something I’ll never ever forget.”
Woods earned $2.07 million for his success at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia and will hope to compete at the year’s other majors: the PGA Championship in New York in May, the US Open in California in June, and the British Open in Northern Ireland in July.