Tiger caps comeback with 15th major title

Tuesday, 16 Apr, 2019

Tiger Woods, with his Masters victory on Sunday, added the longevity label to a career that has changed the face of golf both on and off the course.

In 1997 Tiger hugged his father beside the 18th green after claiming his first title, 22 years later he embraced his children in nearly exactly the same spot, amid nearly unprecedented scenes at Augusta as the crowd cheered wildly.

Tiger Woods completed one of sport's greatest comebacks to end an 11-year major title drought at the Masters on Sunday by claiming a fifth Green Jacket.

Woods signed for a two-under 70 in the final round, finishing on minus 13, just ahead of Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka.

At 43, Woods is the oldest Masters champion since Jack Nicklaus, who won the 1986 Masters at 46.

Woods was helped into the green jacket by last year's victor Patrick Reed. I think everybody out here got the chance to...

With fans chanting his name, an emotional Woods walked off the 18th green and hugged his mother Kultida, daughter Sam and son Charlie just as he had embraced his late father Earl there after his first major victory at the 1997 Masters.

"It's overwhelming, because of what has transpired", said Woods. Coming up 18 I was just trying to make a five.

"I think the kids are starting to understand how much this game means to me, and some of the things I've done in the game", Woods said.

Woods has won majors at Bethpage and Pebble Beach, where next month's PGA Championship and June's US Open will be played, but he's not chasing Nicklaus. He went two years without even playing a major. At the previous year's dinner, I was really struggling.

'Maybe next time would have been better for me, but it was nice to be out with him, he played well, hit the right shots at the right time and he deserved to win. I wasn't going to let that happen to them twice.

Koepka, one of four players from the final two groups who hit into the water on No. 12, rallied with an eagle on the 13th, narrowly missed another eagle on the 15th and was the last player with a chance.

Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau. "I learned from those, and was able to seal the deal today".