By Stephen M. Silverman
April 14, 1998 12:00 AM

Tiger Woods, 25, is the No. 1 golfer in the world. The superstar of the links won the Masters on Sunday, walking away from the 18th green with tears in his eyes and heading toward his parents’ open arms. Woods is the first player to sweep modern golf’s four major championships in a row: the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA. “It will probably go down as one of the top moments in our sport,” Woods said shortly after donning the green jacket, size 44 long, given to the Masters champ each year. He received a congratulatory phone call from President George W. Bush. “I’ve cried after wins, I’ve cried after defeats,” Woods, who only four years ago was the youngest person ever to win the PGA Championship and the first person of color to do so, said after Sunday’s victory (which put $1,008,000 in his already considerable bank account). “But I’ve never had that feeling before.” Of his final birdie putt on the final hole: “A lot of things went through my head at that moment.”