Tiger Woods had a stunning finish to win his fifth career Masters title, eleven years after his last one.
The American finished with a two-under-par 70 to win on 13 under which gave a start to celebrations for Wood’s 15th major title win.
Woods finished one clear off fellow compatriots Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.
The 43-year old was considered an outsider going into the Masters in Georgia, having faced several back problems in recent years and the huge smile he had on his face gave proof of how much the victory meant for him.
He had a wide smile across his face and celebrated with his children at the back of the green.
I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget. To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for. This jacket sure is comfortable. pic.twitter.com/LsOUX2dWH1
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 14, 2019
“I’m a little hoarse from yelling,” said Woods following his triumph. “I was just trying to plod my way around all day then all of a sudden I had the lead.
“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.
“To have my kids there, it’s come full circle. My dad was here in 1997 and now I’m the dad with two kids there.
“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.”
It is a more meaningful win for Woods given he was forced to miss out on both the 2016 and 2017 Masters edition due to back injuries before he finally underwent surgery two years ago.
In 2018, Woods was regaining form and finally got back to a competitive form where he challenged at The Open before finishing joint sixth and was able to put pressure on eventual champion Koepka at the US PGA Championship.
His season was then closed in a perfect manner by winning the Tour Championship for his 80th PGA Tour title putting him just 2 wins away from the record of 82 titles, currently held by Sam Snead.
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 15, 2019
It was a par on the 17th which got the American closer to victory having maintained a two-shot lead going up the last with only Koepka who could have put pressure on Woods but didn’t as he missed an eight-foot birdie putt to stay 12 under.
“I was as patient as I have been in years. I kept control of my emotions, shots, placement,” said Woods.
“To see that leaderboard it was a who’s who. And it all flipped at 12 when Francesco made a mistake. All these scenarios started flying around.
“It was an amazing buzz to figure what was going on while staying present and focused on what I needed to do.”
With 11 years since his last major title, it was totally unthinkable for Woods to win this year’s edition in Georgia and that is why yesterday’s win is considered an even more special one.