CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - If there is anybody that has seen Tiger’s domination up close, it’s Don Padgett. For years he served as the Executive Director of the Bridgestone Invitational, a tournament Woods won eight times. “To be 43 years old and come back from injuries that a lot of people thought he’d never play golf again because of, to come back and to win on the biggest stage and win The Masters is pretty hard to fathom,” said Padgett.
Woods did more than just win a fabled Green Jacket, he gave golf it’s biggest moment in decades. “You have to go back to that 1986 Masters with Jack (Nicklaus) and having him win at 46 years old.”
Nicklaus, an Ohio native, remains the oldest player to ever win The Masters. Woods, while three years younger, overcame multiple back surgeries that many felt would end his career. Now people are wondering if Woods can keep winning. He needs one more to tie Sam Snead for the most PGA tour wins ever (82) and three more majors to tie Nicklaus for the most major championships (18).
Snead’s achievement is more likely, but Padgett will not rule out either. “Why not? Not a lot of people thought he’d be back in the winner’s circle, let alone win a major. I think he will win more, why wouldn’t he? He just beat all the best players in the world.”