Tiger Woods produced a scintillating end to win a fifth Masters title and finish an 11-year wait to say a 15th major.
There have been raucous celebrations across the 18th inexperienced as Woods completed with a two-under-par 70 to win on 13 underneath, one away from fellow Americans Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.
The 43-year-old, written off by so many so usually as he battled again issues in recent times, punched the air in delight, a large smile throughout his face, earlier than celebrating with his youngsters behind the inexperienced.
“I’m a little hoarse from yelling,” stated Woods. “I used to be simply making an attempt to plod my method round all day then abruptly I had the lead.
“Coming up 18 I used to be simply making an attempt to make a 5. When I tapped in I do not know what I did, I do know I screamed.
“To have my youngsters there, it is come full circle. My dad was right here in 1997 and now I’m the dad with two youngsters there.
“It will probably be up there with one of many hardest I’ve needed to win due to what has transpired within the final couple of years.”
It is the primary time Woods has come from behind within the last spherical to win a major and it his first Masters victory since 2005.
He is now only one behind Jack Nicklaus’ report of six wins at Augusta National and three behind his fellow American’s general major tally of 18.
Overnight chief Francesco Molinari’s hopes sunk with two double bogeys on the again 9 and he needed to accept a share of fifth on 11 underneath.
No stopping Woods’ march to glory
Molinari, who performed with Woods within the last spherical as he gained The Open final July, dumped his tee shot into Rae’s Creek on the entrance of the inexperienced and walked off with a double-bogey 5.
Tony Finau, additionally within the last group, adopted Molinari within the water to drop again to eight underneath.
The extra skilled Woods, who was enjoying his 22nd Masters, performed to the guts of the inexperienced and two-putted for par to hitch Molinari on the high of the leaderboard on 11 underneath.
That par was cheered like a birdie by the 1000’s of patrons who’ve adopted his each stroke this week, alerting an increasing number of to hitch the celebration and roar Woods house.
Others have been difficult from behind with Schauffele and world quantity two Johnson posting four-under-par 68s to set the clubhouse goal at 12 underneath.
Molinari light additional after hitting his third shot into the pond guarding the 15th inexperienced and from that second there was no stopping Woods’ relentless march to the title.
A par on the 17th left the world quantity 12 with a lead of two pictures going up the final – solely Brooks Koepka, who has gained three of the previous seven majors, might realistically put any strain on however the American missed an eight-foot birdie putt to remain at 12 underneath.
Woods appeared to fluff his second shot to the 18th, leaving it effectively wanting the inexperienced and will solely chip on to 14 ft, however a simple two-putt sealed the win.
‘What a rare story’ – what they stated
Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington: “There is not a golfer in the world that isn’t happy that Tiger Woods won. In the modern era he’s been a golf and sport superstar. This comeback story will break out from golf into all sports and all the news. It will be everywhere. There will be people who have never looked at golf and will be seeing this and wondering what it’s all about.”
Former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger: “I never thought I’d see it. I thought he was done. He whispered to a champion at the Champions Dinner once that he was done. Since the fused back he has been a living, breathing, walking miracle. To perform at this level, it’s something you behold.”
BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter: “What an extraordinary story and what scenes at Augusta. The hug with his mother, his son is leaping into his arms, the chants of Tiger everywhere. It is all about this man who dominated golf. I have never seen him celebrate like that.”