Defending champion Tiger Woods admits thinking about his sensational 2019 Masters Tournament triumph still gives him chills.
Almost 600 days have gone by since Woods won his 15th Major Championship title at Augusta National Golf Club but the passing of time has done little to suppress the emotion of that incredible victory.
"I'm still getting chills just thinking about it,” said Woods ahead of this week's title defence.
“(The) feelings, coming up 18 and knowing that all I have to do is just two putt that little 15 footer and to see my family there and my mom and my kids and all of the people that helped support me or were there for me in the tough times.
“And I was walking up there trying not to lose it, and still saying, ‘hey, I’ve still got to two putt this’.”
Woods said at the time he relished the way his life had come “full circle” after celebrating his long awaited victory with his children at Augusta National.
He famously embraced his late father Earl after winning his first Masters title in 1997 and 22 years later he was the proud parent celebrating a fifth Green Jacket with son Charlie and daughter Sam.
“I walked off the back of the green, to see Charlie there, just opened up our arms, it meant a lot to me and still does,” he added.
“It just reminded me so much of me and my dad, and to come full circle like that, it stills gets me you know, a little teary.”
With the Masters being moved to November for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic, Woods has had the Green Jacket in his possession for longer than usual.
He insists he would have preferred to still have it because he had won it again in April, rather than as a result of the postponement.
“It’s not how I wanted to retain the jacket for this long,” Woods added.
“Obviously this has been an unprecedented circumstance we’re all dealing with.
“It’s been incredible to have the jacket and to have it around the house and to share with people, but to have it this long, it’s not the way I want to have it. I wanted to earn it back in April, but obviously we didn’t have that.
“But we had an opportunity to play this week, which, you know, early in the year, we didn’t think we would have this opportunity. We are all very fortunate to be able to compete, and tonight, and, well, this whole day, is awfully special.
“I may never have the opportunity to take the jacket off property again, and so this means a lot to me today, and to have this opportunity to have the Champions Dinner and to be able to host it tonight with all the guys that are here, it’s going to be awfully special for me.”