Watch the second Tiger Woods wins the 2019 Masters
Tiger Woods produced a scintillating end to win a fifth Masters title and finish an 11-year wait to say a 15th main.
There have been raucous celebrations across the 18th inexperienced as Woods completed with a two-under-par 70 to win on 13 beneath, one away from fellow People Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.
In a single day chief Francesco Molinari’s hopes sunk with two double bogeys on the again 9 and he needed to accept a share of fifth on 11 beneath.
Woods, written off by so many so usually as he battled again issues lately, punched the air in delight, a large smile throughout his face, earlier than celebrating together with his kids behind the inexperienced.
“I am a bit hoarse from yelling,” mentioned the 43-year-old. “I used to be simply making an attempt to plod my approach round all day then hastily I had the lead.
“Arising 18 I used to be simply making an attempt to make a 5. Once I tapped in I do not know what I did, I do know I screamed.
“To have my children there, it is come full circle. My dad was right here in 1997 and now I am the dad with two children there.
“Will probably be up there with one of many hardest I’ve needed to win due to what has transpired within the final couple of years.”
It’s the first time Woods has come from behind within the ultimate spherical to win a serious and it his first Masters victory since 2005.
He’s now only one behind Jack Nicklaus’ file of six wins at Augusta Nationwide and three behind his fellow American’s total main tally of 18.
It caps a outstanding resurgence for Woods, who missed the 2016 and 2017 Masters together with his again issues, lastly present process again fusion surgical procedure in April of that yr.
An outstanding 2018 adopted the place he challenged at The Open earlier than ending joint sixth and pushed eventual champion Koepka shut on the US PGA Championship.
He then capped off the season by profitable the Tour Championship, his 80th PGA Tour title and this victory places him one behind the file of 82 held by Sam Snead.
No stopping Woods’ march to glory
Molinari, who performed with Woods within the ultimate spherical as he received The Open final July, dumped his tee shot into Rae’s Creek on the entrance of the inexperienced and walked off with a double-bogey 5.
Tony Finau, additionally within the ultimate group, adopted Molinari within the water to drop again to eight beneath.
The extra skilled Woods, who was enjoying his 22nd Masters, performed to the guts of the inexperienced and two-putted for par to hitch Molinari on the prime of the leaderboard on 11 beneath.
That par was cheered like a birdie by the hundreds of patrons who’ve adopted his each stroke this week, alerting increasingly to hitch the occasion and roar Woods residence.
Others had been difficult from behind with Schauffele and world quantity two Johnson posting four-under-par 68s to set the clubhouse goal at 12 beneath.
Molinari pale additional after hitting his third shot into the pond guarding the 15th inexperienced and from that second there was no stopping Woods’ relentless march to the title.
A par on the 17th left the world quantity 12 with a lead of two pictures going up the final – solely Brooks Koepka, who has received three of the previous seven majors, may realistically put any strain on however the American missed an eight-foot birdie putt to remain at 12 beneath.
Woods appeared to fluff his second shot to the 18th, leaving it properly wanting the inexperienced and will solely chip on to 14 ft, however a simple two-putt sealed the win.
Double bogey prices Molinari Masters lead
‘What a unprecedented story’ – what they mentioned
Three-time main winner Padraig Harrington: “There’s not a golfer on this planet that is not completely happy that Tiger Woods received. Within the fashionable period he is been a golf and sport celebrity. This comeback story will get away from golf into all sports activities and all of the information. Will probably be in every single place. There can be individuals who have by no means checked out golf and can be seeing this and questioning what it is all about.”
Former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger: “I by no means thought I might see it. I believed he was completed. He whispered to a champion on the Champions Dinner as soon as that he was completed. Because the fused again he has been a residing, respiratory, strolling miracle. To carry out at this degree, it is one thing you behold.”
BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter: “What a unprecedented story and what scenes at Augusta. The hug together with his mom, his son is leaping into his arms, the chants of Tiger in every single place. It’s all about this man who dominated golf. I’ve by no means seen him rejoice like that.”