Tiger Woods has won the 83rd Masters tournament in an astonishing comeback after 14 years without a green jacket. Woods, 43, was tied for second going into the final round on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, but pulled into the lead on the back nine and won as his mother and girlfriend looked on.
Tiger Woods has won the 83rd Masters tournament in an astonishing comeback after 14 years without a green jacket.
Woods, 43, was tied for second going into the final round on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, but pulled into the lead on the back nine and won as his mother and girlfriend looked on.
It is the first time Woods has won a major when he did not have a lead or co-lead after 54 holes, and his first win at The Masters since 2005.
On the 18th green, the patrons went wild as Woods sunk his final putt to win the tournament. The champion’s mother Kultida Woods, 75, children and girlfriend Erica Herman embraced him as he walked off the green.
Tiger Woods polls his ball from the the hole on the 18th green, sealing his win at The Masters on Sunday
Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia
Woods celebrates on the 18th hole after winning the 2019 Masters as the patrons behind him go wild chanting his name
It is the first time Woods has won The Masters since 2005, and follows years of health and personal struggles
Tiger Woods reacts with his caddie Joe LaCava as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday in Augusta, Georgia
Woods reacts as he walks off the 18th hole after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday
Tiger Woods hugs his family, including his mother (left) and girlfriend (right) after winning the Masters
Woods celebrates with family after winning the 2019 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club
It is Woods’ first win at The Masters since his father Earl Woods, who introduced him to golf at the age of two, died from a heart attack in 2006, and comes after years of personal and health struggles for Tiger Woods, who at one point considered retiring from the PGA Tour.
Before Saturday, it had been 11 years since Woods won a major title, when he beat Rocco Mediate in a play-off for the 2008 US Open despite a double stress fracture and knee injury which prompted season-ending surgery.
And it is just two years since he told Jack Nicklaus ‘I’m done’ during the Champions Dinner at Augusta National, after which he flew straight to London to see the consultant who recommended he undergo what proved to be career-saving spinal fusion surgery.
In an interview with CBS after his win on Sunday, Woods called the tournament ‘one of the hardest that I’ve ever had to win, just because of what has transpired over the past couple of years in trying to come back and play.’
‘It fits!’ Woods exclaimed as last year’s Masters victor Patrick Reed helped him into the legendary green jacket.
2018 champ Patrick Reed helps Tiger Woods with his green jacket after Woods won the Masters golf tournament on Sunday
Reed helps Tiger Woods with his green jacket after Woods won the Masters golf tournament Sunday in Georgia
It comes after years of personal and health struggles for Tiger Woods, who at one point considered retiring from the PGA Tour
Woods called the tournament ‘one of the hardest that I’ve ever had to win, just because of what has transpired over the past couple of years in trying to come back and play’
Tiger Woods with with his green jacket and the Masters Trophy, which depicts the Augusta National clubhouse
The trophy was made in England of more than 900 separate pieces of silver, and the winners’ names are engraved on it. It remains in the clubhouse at Augusta, as do the green jackets the club awards winners
President Donald Trump congratulated Woods in stream of tweets during the final holes of the round, urging the country to ‘tune in’ and watch.
‘Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!’ wrote Trump, who has played recreational rounds of golf with Woods in the past.
Woods caught up with tournament leader Francesco Molinari on the 12th hole, when Molinari double-bogeyed on a shot into the water.
On the back nine, there was at one point a five-way tie for first place, with Woods, Molinari, Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson all sitting at 12 under par.
Woods jumped out to the lead with a birdie on the 15th hole for 13 under. He went two up on the field with another birdie on the 16th, and held the lead through the final green, finishing one under Johnson, Koepka and Schauffele.
Tiger Woods putts for birdie to take the lead on the 15th hole during the final round for the Masters golf tournament
Tiger Woods gestures after putting on the 15th green during final round play and taking the lead at The Masters
Patrons cheers after Tiger Woods sunk a putt for birdie on the 16th green to jump two ahead of the field in the final round
Woods was wearing his trademark final-round red shirt for the tournament’s last day.
He has suffered from injuries and persistent back pain since his last majors win, and has undergone four back surgeries including a spinal fusion.
He missed The Masters in both 2014, 2016 and 2017 due to back issues. At one point, he said he did not know if he would be able to return to the PGA Tour.
Scandal hit in 2017, when he was charged with driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida.
He said he had been taking prescription drugs without realizing the side effects, and was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to reckless driving.
Tiger Woods hits during the final round for the Masters golf tournament on the 12th hole, where he tied for the lead
Woods watches his shot hit the green after Molinari’s ball went in the water on the 12th hole
Tiger Woods walks to the 12th green during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National
Francesco Molinari of Italy in action on the 4th hole during final round play. He entered Sunday leading the tournament
Woods called for ground crews to clear the 12th green with blowers before putting for par
Woods makes a long putt on the 12th green as Molinari looks on. Woods was par for the hole while Molinari had a double-bogey, allowing Woods to tie
Francesco Molinari of Italy (right) reacts to his double bogey on the 12th hole, which allowed Woods to tie him for the lead
Wood’s phenomenal comeback was staged under the threat of storms as a severe weather system moved across the South.
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.
Floodlights cast shadows on the practice range as players warmed up in darkness before the final round started at 7.30am.
Woods said he got up by 4am to start stretching a body that has been slowed by four back surgeries.