Tiger Woods made a surprise comeback at the 2019 Masters in Augusta last week – winning his first major title in more than a decade.
Many thought Wood’s winning another gold tournament or championship would be a long shot – but he proved us all wrong. The golf legend won his fifth Masters by one stroke, making it his 15th major title and his first in almost 11 years.
He finished the tournament 13-under-par, with American trip Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Keopka tied second. Woods’ started the final round two shots behind leader Francesco Molinari, making it the first time Woods’ have ever overcome a third-round deficit to win a major.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” Woods said. “I’m at a loss for words.”
Molinari’s fight for the win dissipated as he sunk with two double bogeys on the back nine, and had to settle for a share of fifth on 11 under. His mistakes put Woods in control as back-to-back birdies on the par-five 15, and par-three 16th gave him a two-shot lead with two holes remaining.
After his win, Woods immediately hugged his caddie, before running to his mother and his daughter, Sam, and son, Charlie, who were waiting on the sidelines.
With this being his first major title in 11 years, Woods has now moved up to be within three of Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record 18 victories, and one behind Sam Snead’s record 82 US PGA Tour wins.
Nicklaus, the now-retired American golfer took to Twitter to congratulate Woods.
“A big ‘well done’ from me to Tiger,” Nicklaus tweeted. “I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!!!”
Last Monday’s victory also made 43 year-old Woods the second oldest Masters winner in history – Nicklaus was 46 when he won in 1986.
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