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Local golf coaches react to Woods’ Masters victory

As Tiger Woods held on to his copious laurels on the golf course while carrying a troubled past, he notched his fifth Masters championship on Sunday at Augusta National in Georgia.

It was a tough, thrilling comeback as he climbed from a second-place tie at the start of the final day to produce a final round 2-under 70 to snatch his first major win since the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods’ final 13-under par left the trio of Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka one stroke behind on the leaderboard.

North Creek High boys head coach Tony Olney said that perseverance, determination and historical significance were at play for Woods at the Masters.

Olney wrote in an email: “To come back from everything that’s happened to him — physical, emotional, legal, to achieve greatness once again is a powerful message of redemption. I commend him for doing what many believed would never happen again. Forgiveness is for him and his family to sort out, but his greatness can’t be ignored, and what he did yesterday was truly great!”

Justin Prohn, Overlake boys golf coach, said Woods was involved in an amazing piece of sports history on Sunday.

“Watching it yesterday, I think the biggest lesson that I can relay to my golfers was that fierce competitive focus that he demonstrated for basically the last nine holes. When Tiger (or any athlete for that matter) gets into a zone like that, it’s an amazing and a very special feeling. I’m not sure that can be taught, but only seen, and something that is developed in each individual athlete,” Prohn wrote in an email.

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