Tiger Woods wins Masters to claim first major in 11 years

Tiger Woods wins Masters to claim first major in 11 years

Tiger Woods wins Masters to claim first major in 11 years

Woods defeated fellow golfers Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffle, and Brooks Koepeka by one stroke each, though it was just one part of a very dramatic Sunday - one that included tee times being moved ahead due to the threat of severe weather coming later this evening in Augusta.

The 43-year-old has capped off a remarkable return to golf's top echelons following persistent back problems and troubles in his personal life, which almost led him to an early retirement from the sport he adores. Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? He drifted out of contention with another double bogey at the par-5 15 hole to finish tied for fifth place, two shots behind champion Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods insisted he never doubted his ability to end his long wait for a 15th major title, which arrived in stunning style as he claimed a one-shot win at The Masters.

There were tears in Woods's eyes as he thought not only his late father, Earl, who died 13 years ago, but also of Charlie, 10, and Sam, 12, who were there to greet him after his first major triumph in 11 years.

Following the win, Woods said: "It's overwhelming, I think because of what has transpired. My dad was here in 97 (when he won his first Masters) and now I'm the dad with two kids there".

"I missed a couple of years of playing this great tournament, now to be winning it".

Written off as too old and too beaten up from four back surgeries and multiple knee operations, Woods underwent a back fusion in 2017 and slowly returned to form. Overnight leader Francesco Molinari title charge collapsed with two double bogeys.

The years since his last major victory have been drama-filled for Woods.

Molinari had played near flawless golf through the first three rounds, carding a single bogey, but on Sunday a bogey along with the two doubles during a miserable final round of two-over 74 left him two back of the victor.

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