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"The opportunity to come back. This is probably one of the biggest ones I've ever had for sure because. Tiger Woods has I career major victory without holding. At least a share of the fifty four hole lead trailed Francesco Molinari by two shots. Entering sunday. Are Scott van pelt was at Augusta. It's it's remarkable. It's just remarkable. And because I was here ninety seven because he hugged Earl that day because he's lost his dad sense, then, but but gained these children, I always thought if he ever had the chance to hug Sam, Charlie. What would that mean to him? Well, you saw with that meant to him that moment where he grabbed his son, Charley if you're a parent. I don't care if you're tiger fan or not if your parent like if that doesn't get you. Then I don't know. What will it's just the the redemption story the moment that you've shared with that. Now, you share with the children his mom t to is there, then sheer again, and it's a moment golf fans didn't think they'd ever see. It's a moment. His children had not seen here and that scene. Gene. And I try to capture this in a tweet. I don't know how you doing hand. But that's seen that roar that sustained roar. This is a very reserve respectful place that is as loud, and as as boisterous as this place has ever been that I've ever seen and with his peers waiting for him. And the joy, you see those young guys faces for this guy who they have such reverence for I'm rambling, but my gosh that was so how how can you not go on and on about this? And there are so many layers of his story to unpack. And you mentioned all of the love and the ground swell of affection and support, and we think back to the years when he was so publicly vilified when he was in Barras and what he has suffered mentally emotionally on the health front. If you can't Scott having covered the entirety of his career, a put into perspective, what is taken for him to get back to this point. We'll it's it's. It's a story that couldn't be written in another sport. Because other other sports don't allow you to play at that age and with fused back in this many surgeries, and this many literal scars and the emotional scars that you carry around with you. But it was clear in this last year that he was back to a place where he could compete when I was all Tonia, Mike the other day on on. And they asked me how realistic are tiger's chances. I said, well he finished sixth in the open. He finished second at the PGA any one of these like, I said, that's the profile of someone who's chances are very realistic. But because it had been so long since heat one here because so much had happened on and off the golf course. And in terms of health and all the rest, there's just so much more with him. But but there's also so much more affection for him here. Among these galleries. We saw it at Eastleigh you felt it here. I mean, the the I don't think people were rooting against Molinari's. They don't wanna see him make big number. But if he does in the benefactors tiger will that means people here get to cheer for tiger. And I feel like all of those things just conspired to lead to this moment where that you saw eighteen where again for a very quiet calm serene place like that was sustained roar. Like, I have never heard here. It was amazing shakes the ground. When you hear it. We will certainly remember the emotional release. When Tigers sank his putt on eighteen we'll certainly remember the emotional hugs that he gave his family after the win earlier on ESPN radio or Matt berry co host of Mattia mcadoo podcast, if you cover the sport of golf like I do. And and you you grew up with Tiger Woods did legitimate sports cry moment, if you follow the sport and everything that he's been through in terms of coming back from these injuries and see the fact I mean, I thought Eastlake lacquered tour. Championship was with another pinnacle in the sport. But I'll put it day of with ninety seven Astor's. When is one of the seminal moment in golf history. I would tiger now winning fifty page of his masters at what point over the weekend. Did you say, okay. This is tiger's prime vision and make a run out there. I host her covered. Sportscenter Wednesday Thursday Friday out of the guys that got out there. Last sunday. I'd been out there for a week. And I walked a couple of practice rounds with him. I was on the range. You could just hell he was in a good position with his swing? You could tell that piece. Remember last year? He was coming back wasn't even sure what is body was going to do to compete with the young guys, but after winning last year competing major if you really got set you could just tell by body language throughout the week. In fact, I said it on the podcast that we taped down there to Gusta told Michael I said, I mean. Peacocking? He's walking around like, I mean, he knows something. And then I I tweeted after first round interview with Rinaldi, but he was to under-. I said that interview Rinaldi told me everything I needed to know there was this Merck. It would be sensitive confident that he knew after that first round that he was going to be in contention throughout the week. And it did show today. What he brilliant brilliant round of golf. You talk about the influence that tiger hat early on in his career. But was this victory? Tigers biggest tournament win in his career. Oh, no. No question. If he never, and I and I really believe it if he never win to get this today. Validated. Everything that he's been working to do. If tiger never went another major never win another tournament. The fact that he got to put on a green jacket twenty two years after he changed the sports forever. It's complete in my mind and everybody else's mind. We shouldn't get greedy again with tiger. We should appreciate today and the moment. Tiger wins. The twenty nineteen masters fifteenth career major win he's now three shy of Jack Nicklaus's record overall his eighty first career PGA tour victory, and."