TEARY-EYED Tiger Woods celebrated his fairytale Masters win by hugging his kids — 22 years after an Augusta clinch with his dad.
But Woods admitted he could not hear what daughter Sam, 11, and son Charlie, 10, said because he was yelling so loud himself!
The golfing star, 43, let his emotions pour out after a remarkable personal comeback saw him bag his first Major title for 11 years.
It was his 15th in all — with his first coming at The Masters in 1997, a success he shared with father Earl. Woods paid tribute to his family for helping him through the dark days, when he feared he would not be able to walk properly again because of crippling back pain.
I thought about my dad, how he was there for me in 1997, and in 2005 when his health was so bad he shouldn’t really have come.
He said: “It was just fantastic to have Sam and Charlie here for the first time.
“I couldn’t wait to hold them but I couldn’t hear them because I was screaming so much.
“Just to have them there and to see their Pops win, just like my Pops was always there for
me, is so special. It was amazing to have my mom there too, just as she was when I won my first Masters.
“And, of course, I thought about my dad, how he was there for me in 1997, and in 2005 when his health was so bad he shouldn’t really have come.
“I feel blessed to have two great kids. I think — I hope — they will be proud of their dad.
“Their love and support, I cannot stress enough how much that meant to me when I was having a hard time just moving around.
“The infectiousness of their happiness has been such a help.”
Woods feared he might never walk again, let alone play golf, following FOUR back operations.
After being forced to sit out the 2017 Masters, he told 18-time Major champ Jack Nicklaus: “I think I’m done as a golfer.”
A big well done from me to Tiger. I am so happy for him and the game of golf. This is just fantastic.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus
But the last-chance surgery to fuse two vertebrae in his back proved a remarkable success and he now has five Green Jackets.
Nicklaus was out fishing when the final round teed-off early, due to the risk of thunder.
But he turned around and headed for the nearest TV on hearing Woods could win.
Nicklaus, 79, said: “A big well done from me to Tiger. I am so happy for him and the game of golf. This is just fantastic.”
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Woods said he had not even thought about chasing down Nicklaus’ record of 18 Majors.
He added: “I want to enjoy No 15 for a while — but I might start thinking about it further down the road.
“This win is overwhelming. It is right up there as maybe the hardest Major I have ever had to win, because of what has happened since my last one.”