The 43-year-old muscled his manner by way of a tightly packed leaderboard to win by one shot at Augusta for his first main title in 11 years and first Masters win since 2005.
It completes a fairytale return for essentially the most dominant participant of his era — and arguably one of the best ever — after enduring “darkish instances” by way of harm since 2014.
Woods underwent career-saving backbone fusion surgical procedure in 2017 and sealed a powerful comeback season final yr together with his first win for 5 years.
Sunday’s thrilling victory places the previous world No.1 simply three majors behind the all-time document of Jack Nicklaus.
Solely fellow American Nicklaus has gained extra Masters, with six. Woods additionally joins Nicklaus as the one participant to have gained the Masters in three totally different many years after he clinched his first as a 21-year-old in 1997.
Woods started the day two photographs behind Italy’s Francesco Molinari, and rode the curler coaster of a gripping last spherical to first share the lead after the Italian discovered the water in entrance of the quick 12th.
Two holes later 5 gamers have been tied on the high, however Woods’ birdie on the lengthy 15th took him clear on his personal. One other birdie on the quick 16th took him two clear and ignited thunderous roars which reverberated across the towering pines as Woods marched off with a two-shot lead and a thousand-yard stare in scenes paying homage to his heyday.
Sporting a pink mock turtleneck in a nod to his final win at Augusta in 2005, and chewing gum all through, Woods maintained his focus to edge world No.2 Dustin Johnson, three-time main champion Brooks Koepka and one other American Xander Schauffele.
When the profitable putt dropped, Woods clenched his fist and punched the air to tumultuous applause, earlier than strolling off the 18th to embrace his mom Kutilda, youngsters Sam and Charlie, girlfriend Erica Herman and members of his group.
The celebrations lasted an eternity because the patrons chanted “Tiger, Tiger” earlier than a beaming Woods whooped and high-fived his solution to the scorer’s hut.
Woods’ bogey on the final gave him a spherical of 70 for his first main title when trailing going into the ultimate day.
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