The comeback is complete. Tiger Wood wins the Masters, his fifth Green Jacket.
Tiger Woods now has his fifth Masters title. The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under 70 for one-stroke victory and his 15th major championship, his first since the 2008 U.S. Open, capping a remarkable recovery from debilitating injuries.
Woods showed he still had the game to compete with the world’s best when he triumphed in last year’s Tour Championship, his first victory of any kind since 2013.
Now, he’s back on top with his first green jacket at Augusta National since 2005.
In a final round that was played in threesomes off both tees to stay ahead of approaching thunderstorms, Woods grabbed the outright lead for the first time with a two-putt birdie at No. 15.
Then, with Olympic champion Michael Phelps standing behind him on the tee at the par-3 16th, Woods wrapped things up by sticking an 8-iron within 2 feet of the cup for another birdie and a two-stroke lead.
Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau. But the Italian self-destructed on the back side, dunking two balls in the water on the way to double-bogeys at the 12th and 15th holes.
This is the first time Woods has ever come from behind on the final day to win a major championship, leaving him three behind Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles.
Tiger Woods’ comeback goes well beyond the two-shot deficit he erased before a delirious audience at Augusta National that watched memories turn into reality.
Six players had a share of the lead at some point on the back. With the final group still in the 15th fairway, there was a five-way tie for the lead. And that’s when Woods seized control, again.
Can’t. Stop. Watching! pic.twitter.com/IZSjINGvQ0
— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) April 14, 2019
“WOOOOOOO!!!” Woods screamed as he headed for the scoring room with chants of “Tiger! Tiger! Tiger” echoing as loud as any of the roars on the back nine at Augusta National.
Woods’ 15th major is three short of the standard set by Jack Nicklaus. It was his 81st victory on the PGA Tour, one title away from the career record held by Sam Snead.
Jack Nicklaus twitted after Tiger Wood won his fifth Masters:
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) April 14, 2019
Tiger Woods’ story might top all challengers. But the eleven year drought between major championships is over for him and he has reminded the world exactly how good he was at his peak, all these years after his heyday had come and gone.
Woods’ fifth Masters win makes him second behind Jack Nicklaus for the most in tournament history. Such an incredible display of mental toughness and determination to get to where he is now.
Tiger Wood Wins the Masters, his Fifth Green Jacket