Tiger Woods has received the Masters on Sunday at a wet Augusta Nationwide, ending what was arguably the best profession comeback within the historical past of golf almost a decade after accidents and scandal derailed his sport.
The 43-year-old golf legend walked up the 18th gap to the sound of roaring cheers to safe victory, a throwback to earlier years when he persistently dominated probably the most prestigious match within the sport. Woods shot a last spherical rating of 70 to complete 13-under par. Sunday’s victory was his fifth inexperienced jacket since 1997 and his first since 2005.
“Once I tapped the [final] putt in, I do not know what I did, however I do know I screamed,” Woods mentioned in Butler Cabin after the spherical. “To have my children there, it is come full circle. My dad was right here in ’97, and now I am the dad with two children there.”
Woods made historical past 22 years in the past when he received his first Masters at age 21, the youngest champion ever. However till Sunday, he hadn’t received a serious in additional than 10 years, having final captured the U.S. Open in 2008. Woods’ 11-year drought between majors was tied for the longest drought ever.
His victory at Augusta offers him 15 profession main titles, simply three behind all-time chief Jack Nicklaus.
On Sunday, Woods performed with exceptional consistency on the again 9, establishing himself because the chief as his competitors started melting away. The specter of storms pushed up the beginning time, with the ultimate group teeing off at 9:20 a.m. A stable entrance 9 positioned Wooden within the hunt with half a dozen others, and a sequence of birdies on the again 9 finally put him out of attain.
On 16, a par 3, his tee shot rolled inside two ft of the opening, sending the group right into a frenzy. As he walked up the green to the inexperienced on 18, the group roared as onlookers anticipated what was to return. Woods wanted solely a 5 on the par-4 18th to win the match.
After narrowly lacking a 15-foot putt on 18, he was left with a three-foot tap-in for the win. When the ball hit the cup, chants of “Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!” erupted as they’d in years previous.
“It is overwhelming, simply due to what’s transpired,” he recalled after the spherical. “It is unreal for me to expertise this.”
Woods’ victory got here on the expense of Francesco Molinari, who had led going into Sunday and collapsed down the stretch. The Italian’s earlier two-shot lead evaporated on the par-Three No. 12 when his tee shot fell brief and rolled into the water. He laid up and two-putted for a double bogey, however Woods parred to achieve a share of the lead. Molinari’s troubles continued on the par-5 No. 15 — he once more discovered the water and ended up with a double bogey. He completed at 11-under.
Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka all made late prices on the leaderboard. The three completed at 12-under par. Every participant was executed in by errors on the again 9. Koepka bogeyed No. 12, Schauffele may solely par the final 4 holes and Johnson did not file a birdie or eagle on the again 9. Patrick Cantlay eagled to briefly take the lead after 15 holes, however light again with bogeys on No. 16 and No. 17.
Woods’ return to greatness got here after almost a decade on the skin of the golf world wanting in. In 2009, Woods’ marriage fell aside over his infidelity, and he crashed his SUV after an early-morning argument along with his then-wife. After their divorce in 2010, Woods underwent 4 again surgical procedures, leaving unsure whether or not he would ever be capable of even play once more. He was arrested in 2017 after being discovered asleep in his automobile with its engine working at visitors gentle, finally pleading responsible to reckless driving.
However on Sunday, Woods as soon as once more wore the inexperienced jacket. Within the Butler Cabin, after final 12 months’s champion Patrick Reed put the inexperienced jacket round his shoulders, Woods had a easy response.
“It matches,” he mentioned with a smile.