Tiger Woods Wins His 5th Masters Title, Marking A Career Comeback


Unless you've been living under a rock, you would know that Tiger Woods defied all the odds and won his fifth Masters tournament on Sunday.

An all-American trio of three-time major victor Brooks Koepka, world number two Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele shared second on 276.

As he struggled to comprehend the magnitude of his historic Masters triumph, and its likely impact on golf interest levels worldwide, Woods admitted his form in last year's majors followed by his first PGA Tour win for five years at the Tour Championship gave him renewed belief heading into this week.

Sunday's win at Augusta National - where Woods won his first major in 1997 - was his 15th time winning a major.

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Sunday's win brings it all back into play, though, if only because Tiger himself knows he can do it once again.

Then a personal scandal led to divorce, and Woods also endured setbacks because of injuries.

"I think the kids are starting to understand how much this game means to me", he said. Just the opposite of past year when hardly anyone was a Patrick Reed fan when he won, it seemed EVERYONE was a Tiger fan on Sunday.

"It's the best I've felt with a driver in years", Woods said.

Zach Johnson had the most embarrassing Masters moment
Ultimately, Johnson did not need to take a penalty stroke because he had not meant to hit the ball and it was not yet in play. The 2007 Masters champ bounced back in the early going on his second round, moving to one-over par on several occasions.

The 43-year-old American superstar, who underwent spinal fusion surgery in 2017 due to chronic back pain, seized his first major title since the 2008 US Open.

Those were three of the main ingredients in Tiger Woods' remarkable Masters victory at Augusta.

Those controversies, not to mention his being limited to just 24 tournament starts in four years from 2014, saw him written off by some observers and he told 18-time major victor Jack Nicklaus he "was done" at the Masters Champions Dinner in 2017.

"The win at East Lake was a big confidence booster for me because I had come close past year a couple times", Woods said.

A moment later, after Woods' final putt dropped on 18, Trump added from the presidential limousine: "Love people who are great under pressure".

"Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination", Obama tweeted.

"I couldn't lay down, I couldn't do much of anything".

"But I did have my 30 seconds in the sun with the lead and it was a really cool feeling, and it just proves to my team and I that we can contend and that we can win on this property". Woods sprayed his shot well right of the fairway - but was extremely fortunate to have a sightline to the green.

"I've done a couple of things that I wish I had done differently now but I'll learn from my mistakes". But, with a final round of 70, with an overall 13 under par at 275, he took the win that few would have put serious money on the often health ailed athlete winning, despite a long run of big victories over a decade ago.