He did it! Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters title on Sunday (Apr. 14), marking his first major victory since the 2008 United States Open and his first Masters win since 2005.
43-year-old Woods shot 13 under par throughout the tournament. His victory comes after four back surgeries that left him wondering in recent years if he’d ever play again.
Woods finished the tournament with his signature fist pump and hugged his family members.
Today’s win also marks Woods’ 15th major championship win overall.
More below via USA Today:
Staring at the abyss just two years ago when he was bedridden and thinking his career was over due to a painfully disorderly back, Woods was stoic and steady throughout the week at Augusta National Golf Club despite the roars echoing through the Georgia pines.
With a final-round 2-under-par 70 in his Sunday red mock turtleneck, Woods won on these hallowed grounds for the first time since 2005. It also marked his first triumph in a major championship since the 2008 U.S. Open.
Starting the day two shots behind leader Francesco Molinari, Woods finished at 13 under par and one shot ahead of Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka.
On a day where six players had at least a share of the lead, with the manual operators of the famous white scoreboards working at a feverish pace, and the patrons shaking the grounds with rumbling ovations, Woods remained cool, collected and confident from the first tee onward.
He ignited the patrons with a birdie on the third but bogeyed his next two holes to fall three back. Birdies at seven and eight got him within one, but a bogey dropped him back again.
Then Amen Corner made its presence felt again. While Molinari made double bogey when his tee shot found Rae’s Creek, Woods safely played to the devilish putting surface and made par to tie for the lead.
Another birdie at 13 kept him in the lead, a birdie on the 15th gave him the outright lead. On the 16th, with an 8-iron in hand, he knocked his tee shot to 3 feet and made that putt to grab a 2-shot lead.
Two pars made what was once impossible possible again.
Woods was a major champion once more.
Congrats to Tiger Woods!!