Before this past weekend, 2005 was the last time sports fans were able to see Tiger Woods dawn the famous green jacket as a winner of The Masters Tournament.
That same year, Raymond Felton led the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Tar Heels to victory in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball title game.
It was also the same time as the Washington Nationals' first season as a franchise in Washington and seven years before Longwood University joined the Big South Conference.
Woods had won eight major titles including three at Augusta in 1997, 2001 and 2002, setting his sights on Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships.
That year's tournament began with an opening round 74 and things looked quite bare until Woods clawed his way back, firing rounds of 65 and 66 in the next two days to clinch the lead going into the final round.
Woods' chip-in on 16 was a moment that lives on in the majesty of both golf and sports history as Woods took his fourth Masters title, defeating Chris DiMarco in a sudden-death playoff.
On the course, he was able to capture five more major crowns in the span of four years, winning his last at Torrey Pines in the 2008 U.S Open on a torn ACL, only to fall out of the top 1,000 in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) by 2017.
Woods has undergone eight surgeries to his knees and back, including a spinal fusion procedure in April 2017, which amounted to extended periods away from the game he helped grow exponentially.
After making his return to golf and clinching the PGA Tour win number 80 at East Lake in The Tour Championship coupled with inspired performances in The Open and PGA Championships, Woods came to Augusta at a 14/1 favorite behind Rory McIlroy who was set at 8/1.
Woods began with a 2-under 70 setting the tone for the week and also for my overall interest in the tournament.
In round two, Woods catapulted himself into the mix firing a 4-under 68 and moved up to a tie for sixth behind Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott who all possess major championships.
As the weekend began, Woods proved this could be the week fans across the world had been waiting for, tallying his best score of the week of a 5-under 67 putting himself into a tie for second with fellow American Tony Finau at 11-under.
Both players trailed the current Champion Golfer of the Year in Molinari by two strokes going into Sunday’s final round.
Due to weather, Sunday’s finale began in the early morning hours and placed Woods, Molinari and Finau in the final grouping.
In the same red, Nike mock-neck polo he wore in 2005, Woods came from behind in the final round to win the 2019 Masters Tournament at 13-under, a one stroke victory over Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson and Koepka.
The final putt and immediate reaction was great, but for me, the embrace between Woods and his son Charlie and then the hug between him and his mother Kultida was far more influential.
Both of Woods' children were able to see their father win the green jacket which is truly awe inspiring. His mother, who lost her husband Earl Woods in 2006 to prostate cancer, saw her son back on top of the mountain, after she sat front row in a press conference where her son publicly apologized for his infidelity against his wife in 2010.
In that same press conference, Woods asked the public to find it in their hearts to one day believe in him again, and I think it is safe to say many do.