Masters 2019: Tiger Woods claims 5th US Masters title

Elena Summers
April 15, 2019

Woods completed a miracle comeback from back surgery and a turbulent period in his personal life to return to the summit of the sport at Augusta National, claiming his 15th major title, 11 years after his previous triumph.

Moreover, it becomes his first Masters win since 2005 and his first major win since the U.S. Open in 2008.

"I managed to scramble well on the front nine and I think I just had a couple of mental lapses on the back nine that were costly", said Molinari, who admitted his first error at the 12th was "just a bad execution". "When I tapped the putt in, I don't know what I did but I know I screamed".

Just off the 18 green, Woods hugged his mother as he had his late father Earl in 1997 and held his children, his back more than up to the task as the crowd chanted his name, a rare tribute, and rivals congratulated him as he entered the clubhouse.

"To have my kids there - it's come full circle".

The stormy weather will provide an ominous backdrop for Woods, Molinari and Finau in a hugely anticipated showdown that has even attracted the attention of United States president Donald Trump.

All those moments built to Sunday, when Woods was once again his old familiar dominating self.

Starting the final round two shots behind the lead, Woods bogeyed the last but a two-under-par 70 gave him a 13-under-par (275) total on Sunday, with Dustin Johnson (68), Xander Schauffele (68) and Brooks Koepka (70) tied second one shot behind.

Yes, he's a major champion again.

In a desperate attempt to get the season's first major across the finish line before the storm hit, officials pushed up start times and sent golfers off in threesomes from both the first and 10th tees. The two double bogeys ended his Green Jacket bid. "I'm so happy for him and for the game of golf this is so fantastic".

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