Tiger Woods won his first major in 11 years today, coming from two strokes back to win the 2019 Masters, reports CBS Sports.
Francesco Molinari opened the door when he double-bogeyed on 12 and 15. Woods took advantage. He birdied on 13 and 15 to take a two stroke lead.
Watch below Tiger’s clinching shot on 18 and the subsequent celebration with his family, including his mother, Kultida Woods, his children (son Charlie and daughter Sam) and girlfriend, Erica Herman.
“I’m a little hoarse from yelling,” Woods said afterwards, according to Yahoo Sports. “… When I tapped the putt in, I don’t know what I did; I know I screamed. To have my kids there, it’s come full circle. My dad was there in ‘97 [when he won for the first time], and now I’m the dad.”
Tiger finished at 13 under, one stroke ahead of Dustin Johnson.
It’s been a long road back for Tiger. Once considered a cinch to surpass Jack Nicklaus as the golfer with the most majors, that goal, at 43, seems like a distant memory.
Tiger now has 15 major wins to Nicklaus’ 18.
Everything sidetracked for Tiger following his much publicized infidelity in 2009 and subsequent divorce in 2010 from his model-wife of six years, Elin Nordegren. Various injuries made the comeback trail a long one-with some not wondering when he would surpass Nicklaus, but when he would win a tournament of any variety.
“I was just trying to plod my way around the golf course all day, then all of a sudden I had the lead, and coming up 18, it was just trying to make a 5,” said Woods to CBS Sports. “When I tapped the putt in, I don’t know what I did, but I know I screamed. And then I was just looking for Joey (his caddie Joe LaCava). I shook the guys’ hands and then found Joey, and it was a pretty big embrace.”
This is Woods fifth Masters victory.
Tony Finau, the first Tongan and Samoan to play in the PGA, came in fifth at 11 under.
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