The Masters - R4

Tiger Woods crowns fairytale comeback by landing Masters title

April 11-14
Augusta National GC, Augusta, Georgia
$11,000,000
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Tiger Woods sealed a thrilling Masters victory to complete one of sport's greatest comebacks
Tiger Woods sealed a thrilling Masters victory to complete one of sport’s greatest comebacks (Matt Slocum/AP)

Tiger Woods held his nerve on a wonderfully chaotic final day at Augusta National to win his 15th major title, and a first in 11 years, in the 83rd Masters.

Amid a dizzying series of twists and turns, Woods carded a closing 70 to finish 13 under par, one shot ahead of Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka, the reigning US Open and US PGA champion.

Overnight leader Francesco Molinari was two clear with seven to play but dumped his tee shot on the 12th into Rae’s Creek and also double-bogeyed the 15th, the Open champion having to settle for a tie for fifth with Tony Finau, Webb Simpson and Jason Day.


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It is the first time Woods has won a major when trailing after 54 holes and comes 3,954 days since he beat Rocco Mediate in a play-off for the 2008 US Open, despite a double stress fracture and knee injury which prompted season-ending surgery.

And it is just two years since he told Jack Nicklaus “I’m done” during the Champions Dinner at Augusta National, after which he flew straight to London to see the consultant who recommended he undergo what proved to be career-saving spinal fusion surgery.

With thunderstorms forecast to hit the course in mid-afternoon, tournament officials took the unprecedented decision to move the tee times forward by several hours, with players sent out in groups of three from both the first and 10th tees.


Molinari began the day with a two-shot lead over Woods and Finau and found himself three clear after six straight pars, but Woods closed the gap to a single shot with the aid of back-to-back birdies to set up a thrilling finale.

Woods had ridden his luck at times in his third round of 67 and finally paid the price for a wild drive on the 10th, the resulting bogey dropping him two behind Molinari, who saved par superbly after pulling his approach left of the green.

However, the wind was playing havoc on the daunting par-three 12th and Molinari, Koepka, Ian Poulter and Finau all dumped their tee shots into the water guarding the front of the green.

Sensing his opportunity, Woods played safely away from the pin and a somewhat nervy par, after leaving his birdie attempt five feet short, gave him a tie for the lead as Molinari could not get up and down following a penalty drop.

Tiger Woods celebrates winning his 15th major title
Tiger Woods celebrates winning his 15th major title (David J Phillip/AP)

An amazing day then took another twist as Patrick Cantlay, who only made the halfway cut with a shot to spare, followed his third round of 64 with five birdies and an eagle on the 15th to briefly claim the lead, only to bogey the next two holes.

Birdies from Johnson and Koepka made it a five-way tie before Molinari’s mishap on the 15th, where Woods two-putted from long range for birdie to take the outright lead for the first time.

Woods was then inches away from the third hole-in-one of the day on the 16th and tapped in for birdie to double his lead, allowing him the luxury of a bogey on the last before the exuberant celebrations could begin as chants of ‘Tiger, Tiger’ reverberated around the 18th green.

“That will be the greatest scene in golf forever,” said six-time major winner Nick Faldo, commentating for CBS. “We will never see anything as exhilarating as that.”


Woods, who was presented with his fifth green jacket by 2018 winner Patrick Reed, said at the presentation ceremony: “I’m a little hoarse I think from yelling.

“It’s overwhelming because of what has transpired. Last year I was just lucky to be playing again, the previous dinner I was really struggling, missed a couple of years of this great tournament and to now be the champion… 22 years between wins (his first was in 1997) is a long time.

“It’s unreal for me to experience this. I couldn’t be more happy and excited, I’m kind of at a loss for words.

“To have my kids there, it’s come full circle. My dad was here in ’97 and now I’m the dad with two kids there.”

Tiger Woods hugs his family after sealing an emotional victory
Tiger Woods hugs his family after sealing an emotional victory (Matt Slocum/AP)

Woods added: “I was just trying to plod my way around all day, all of a sudden I had the lead coming up 18 trying to make a five.

“When I tapped in I don’t know what I did, I just know I screamed, then I was looking for Joey (LaCava, his caddie) somewhere.”

Woods then embraced his son Charlie, daughter Sam and mother Kultida behind the 18th green and added: “My little boy Charlie, that embrace is just special.

“Sam lost a State soccer tournament yesterday so I convinced her to come up and watch the Masters and luckily I was able to win.”


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Tiger Woods
-13
70
68
67
70
275
T2
Dustin Johnson
-12
68
70
70
68
276
T2
Xander Schauffele
-12
73
65
70
68
276
T2
Brooks Koepka
-12
66
71
69
70
276
T5
Jason Day
-11
70
67
73
67
277
T5
Webb Simpson
-11
72
71
64
70
277
T5
Tony Finau
-11
71
70
64
72
277
T5
Francesco Molinari
-11
70
67
66
74
277
T9
Jon Rahm
-10
69
70
71
68
278
T9
Patrick Cantlay
-10
73
73
64
68
278
T9
Rickie Fowler
-10
70
71
68
69
278
T12
Bubba Watson
-8
72
72
67
69
280
T12
Justin Thomas
-8
73
68
69
70
280
T12
Justin Harding
-8
69
69
70
72
280
T12
Matt Kuchar
-8
71
69
68
72
280
T12
Ian Poulter
-8
68
71
68
73
280
17
Aaron Wise
-7
75
71
68
67
281
T18
Patton Kizzire
-6
70
70
73
69
282
T18
Phil Mickelson
-6
67
73
70
72
282
T18
Adam Scott
-6
69
68
72
73
282
T21
Si Woo Kim
-5
72
72
70
69
283
T21
Kyle Stanley
-5
72
72
70
69
283
T21
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-5
78
67
68
70
283
T21
Kevin Kisner
-5
69
73
72
69
283
T21
Rory McIlroy
-5
73
71
71
68
283
T21
Jordan Spieth
-5
75
68
69
71
283
T21
Lucas Bjerregaard
-5
70
72
69
72
283
T21
Thorbjorn Olesen
-5
71
71
68
73
283
T29
Charley Hoffman
-4
71
71
72
70
284
T29
Bryson DeChambeau
-4
66
75
73
70
284
T29
Louis Oosthuizen
-4
71
66
71
76
284
T32
Viktor Hovland (a)
-3
72
71
71
71
285
T32
Hideki Matsuyama
-3
75
70
68
72
285
T32
Gary Woodland
-3
70
71
74
70
285
T32
Charles Howell III
-3
73
67
76
69
285
T36
Kevin Tway
-2
72
71
70
73
286
T36
Henrik Stenson
-2
74
72
67
73
286
T36
Tommy Fleetwood
-2
71
71
70
74
286
T36
Jimmy Walker
-2
72
72
72
70
286
T36
Alvaro Ortiz (a)
-2
73
71
73
69
286
T36
Patrick Reed
-2
73
70
74
69
286
T36
Rafa Cabrera Bello
-2
73
70
75
68
286
T43
Keegan Bradley
-1
76
68
71
72
287
T43
Keith Mitchell
-1
72
74
72
69
287
T43
Haotong Li
-1
72
74
73
68
287
T46
Corey Conners
E
70
71
71
76
288
T46
Kevin Na
E
71
73
73
71
288
T46
Andrew Landry
E
72
73
73
70
288
T49
Marc Leishman
1
72
72
70
75
289
T49
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
1
69
72
75
73
289
T51
Cameron Smith
2
70
74
69
77
290
T51
Eddie Pepperell
2
74
73
72
71
290
T51
Martin Kaymer
2
73
74
72
71
290
T51
Trevor Immelman
2
74
72
75
69
290
55
Devon Bling (a)
3
74
73
71
73
291
T56
Tyrrell Hatton
4
73
73
72
74
292
T56
Billy Horschel
4
72
75
74
71
292
T58
Takumi Kanaya (a)
5
73
74
68
78
293
T58
Branden Grace
5
72
75
72
74
293
T58
Zach Johnson
5
74
73
73
73
293
61
Satoshi Kodaira
6
75
70
73
76
294
T62
J.B. Holmes
8
70
72
74
80
296
T62
Bernhard Langer
8
71
72
75
78
296
T62
Emiliano Grillo
8
72
75
73
76
296
T62
Alex Noren
8
75
72
75
74
296
CUT
Sandy Lyle
4
73
75
148
CUT
Stewart Cink
4
76
72
148
CUT
Justin Rose
4
75
73
148
CUT
Kevin O’Connell (a)
4
77
71
148
CUT
Mike Weir
4
72
76
148
CUT
Danny Willett
4
75
73
148
CUT
Sergio Garcia
4
73
75
148
CUT
Adam Long
5
75
74
149
CUT
Brandt Snedeker
5
75
74
149
CUT
Fred Couples
5
78
71
149
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
5
77
72
149
CUT
Shugo Imahira
6
76
74
150
CUT
Larry Mize
7
77
74
151
CUT
Shane Lowry
7
78
73
151
CUT
Matt Wallace
8
75
77
152
CUT
Jovan Rebula (a)
8
73
79
152
CUT
Michael Kim
10
76
78
154
CUT
Paul Casey
10
81
73
154
CUT
Vijay Singh
12
80
76
156
CUT
Ian Woosnam
12
80
76
156
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
13
78
79
157
CUT
Angel Cabrera
13
82
75
157