Tiger Woods wins Masters to end decade in the wilderness

Florence Fletcher
April 15, 2019

Woods held his nerve down the stretch and pounced on crucial errors from long-time leader Francesco Molinari in Sunday's final group, storming to the top of the leaderboard with three birdies in four holes from the 13th and sealing victory with a comfortable one-foot tap-in for bogey.

The 43-year-old has capped off a remarkable return to golf's top echelons following persistent back problems and troubles in his personal life, which almost led him to an early retirement from the sport he adores.

"Last year I was just very lucky to be playing again".

It marks his 15th major title and his first since 2008.

In general, bookies were the biggest losers after this year's masters as odds on Tiger to win were low, yet this did not deter punters from believing that he could make the spectacular come back that he did.

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However, dressed in his traditional final-round red shirt, Woods emerged from a back-nine showdown with two-time major victor Molinari to win his fifth Masters title and 15th major of a storied career that moves him three behind Jack Nicklaus' record haul of 18.

Tiger Woods, 43, celebrated his huge Masters tournament win on April 14 by running into the arms of his 10-year-old son Charlie.

"I was just trying to plod my way along the golf course all day", said Woods. I really felt that I was starting to shape the golf ball, and my putting was starting to come around.

At Carnoustie it was Woods who stumbled on the back nine while leading. After a poor chip he two-putted for a double bogey-5 to fall into a tie for the lead. There were so many different scenarios that could have happened after 12.

"It will be up there with one of the hardest with all I've had to win because of what transpired in the last couple of years", added Woods. But I was able to handle the heat down the stretch and pull off some of my best shots. "This is one of those things, it's going to take a little bit of time".

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