Tiger Woods wins 2019 Masters and 15th major
Tiger Woods produced a remarkable finish to win a fifth Masters title and end an 11-year wait to claim his 15th major.
There were dramatic celebrations around the 18th green as Woods finished with a two-under-par 79 to win on 13 under, one clear of fellow Americans Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.
“Coming up 18 I was just trying to make a five. When I tapped in I don’t know what I did, I know I screamed.
“It will be up there with one of the hardest I’ve had to win because of what has transpired in the last couple of years.”
Woods started the final day two shots back from overnight leader Francesco Molinari and it looked like the Italian would win his first Masters title at Augusta but, he faltered after hitting the ball in the water on the 12th hole.
He was written off by many as he battled back problems in recent years and punched the air in delight before celebrating with his children at the back of the green.
“After recent years that I’ve endured and to have my kids there, it’s come full circle,” Woods added.
“My dad was there in 1997 and now I’m the dad with two kids there.”
The 43-year-old has been through a lot in recent years and even his long-term sponsors Nike chose to stick with him through the difficult times when other sponsors dropped out.
The now five time major winner signed an endorsement deal with club manufacturer Taylormade in 2017, and since then has won the Masters and tour championship – his first PGA tour win since 2013.
Sunday’s thrilling victory to complete a remarkable redemption puts the former world No.1 just three majors behind the all-time record of Jack Nicklaus.