Comeback Complete: Tiger Woods Wins 2019 Masters to Claim 15th Major Championship
In what might be the greatest comeback in sports history, Tiger Woods outlasted a loaded leaderboard to win the 2019 Masters and win his first major in more than a decade.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The wait is over—and the comeback is complete. Tiger Woods is a major champion once again.
Tiger shot a final-round 70 on Sunday at the Masters to claim his fifth green jacket and 15th major championship, his first since 2008. Woods trailed Francesco Molinari by two shots entering the final day, but used a vintage back-nine to claim the tournament, redemption and a victory many golf fans thought they would never see.
Woods picked up steam as the week progressed, shooting a two-under 70 in his first round and following it up with a four-under 68 on Friday to get within one of the lead. On Saturday, he kept pace with a loaded leaderboard flush with players going low, shooting a five-under 67 (including a 33 on the back) to put himself in position to contend.
But Sundays at the majors have historically belonged to Tiger—and he added a new chapter this week. After shooting a one-under 35 on the front, Tiger made birdie on the par-five 13th, par-five 15th and par-three 16th to seize control of the tournament and put distance between himself and the pack. Woods was aided by a collapse by Molinari, who suffered two double-bogeys on the back nine, dropping two balls in the water, including on No. 12.
Paired with Molinari and Tony Finau in the final group—in threesomes due to inclement weather—Woods was able to stare down the competition and outlast his biggest foes, a familiar sight around Augusta, but one that hadn't been seen in quite some time. Tiger's previous Masters wins came in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005. The 43-year-old becomes the second oldest Masters champion in history, trailing only Jack Nicklaus, who was 46 when he won in 1986.
While Tiger was able to claim his fifth green jacket, the Masters won't be holding the traditional outdoor ceremony, which was called off due to storms.
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