After an 11-year drought, golf’s most popular figure, Tiger Woods has added another major to his dossier as he wins his fifth Masters title. This is Woods’ first major win since the 2008 U.S. Open.
“THE RETURN TO GLORY!”
Tiger Woods wins the Masters for the 5th time. pic.twitter.com/u3cNdQm6MG
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 14, 2019
Woods finished the final round of his 22nd Master’s appearance 13 under par, winning the tournament by a single stroke over Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, who were tied for second place.
Sunday’s win at Augusta National — where Woods won his first major in 1997 — was his 15th time winning a major. Prior to Sunday, Woods hadn’t won a major championship since his victory at the U.S. open in 2008.
With five Masters titles, he is now just one victory away from tying the record for most Masters wins held by American Jack Nicklaus, who has six.
Aged 43, Woods became the second-oldest Master’s winner, trailing only Jack Nicklaus who won at 46 in 1986.
He also set a record for the longest gap between Masters victory – 14 years. He won his last Masters in 2005, breaking the 13-year record of South Africa’s Gary Player who won his second Augusta crown in 1961 and his third in 1974.
said Woods of winning for the fifth time.
“I think just because of what has transpired, and last year i was just very lucky to be playing again. The previous dinner, the champions dinner, I was really struggling and missed a couple years of not playing this great tournament. To now be the champion, 22 years between wins is a long time.
But it’s just unreal for me to experience this. My mom was here, she was there in 97 as well. So I just couldn’t be more happy and more excited and i’m kind of at a loss for words, really.”
The win capped a stunning professional comeback for Woods, who has faced crippling back and leg injuries that led to multiple surgeries and nearly ended his professional golf career. In 2017, he underwent spinal fusion, his fourth back surgery, with hopes of alleviating the pain.