Tiger Woods’ full importance wasn’t obvious until he was gone



April 18, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Wearing his new green jacket, Tiger Woods holds the trophy for winning The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday. Atlanta Journal-Constitution via TNS / Curtis Compton

When Tiger Woods won the Masters last weekend, it was a moment many thought would never happen.

Woods has been one of the most important figures in modern sports because of the way he rocketed into golf and exemplified excellence. He is second all-time on the list of wins (81) and majors (15), and reintroduced a generation to a tradition like no other.

It was hard to think a time could come when he would be irrelevant.

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