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Trump, Tom Brady lead Twitter surge as Tiger claims historic Masters win

Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) AP PHOTO

Few sports figures move the needle more than Tiger Woods and it was evident again Sunday afternoon.

As Woods made his run towards his first Masters title in 14 years, the social media following exploded, including Twitter posts from President Donald Trump to Tom Brady.

The President urged followers to tune into the Masters as Woods surged to victory.

“Great Masters going on right now,” Trump tweeted. “@TigerWoods is leading with 2 holes left to play. Very exciting, tune in!” He later congratulated Woods on the victory.

Nine of Brady’s 27 posts since joining Twitter on April 1 have been about The Masters, including his congratulations to Woods on the win. “Congrats Tiger! What a performance,” Brady posted.

Tennis champion Serena Williams was moved by Woods comeback. Sunday’s Masters title is his fifth and his first major title in 11 years. At 43, he’s the oldest player to win the Masters since Jack Nicklaus in 1986. Nicklaus tweeted out his respect after Woods clinched the green jacket.

“I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods,” she wrote. “This is Greatness like no other. Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? Wow Congrats a million times! I am so inspired thank you buddy.”

Moments after his victory, Nike aired a a commercial congratulating their most famous client.

Former president Barack Obama offered his congratulations.

“Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination,” Obama posted.

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.


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