Tiger Woods captures fifth Masters golf title

Arnold Nichols
April 16, 2019

Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the 2019 Masters.

On a day when Augusta National, which had been softened by rain earlier in the week, was yielding low scores Koepka could only muster a three-under-par 69 that left him alone in fourth place and three shots back of leader Francesco Molinari.

Tiger Woods rallied to win the Masters for the fifth time Sunday, a comeback that goes well beyond the two-shot deficit he erased before a delirious audience that watched memories turn into reality at Augusta National.

At 43, and two years after spinal fusion surgery, Woods captured his fifth Masters title and his 15th major with a one-shot victory on Sunday to trigger ecstatic scenes of joy around the 18th green.

"Now to be the champion - 22 years between wins is a long time - it's unreal for me to experience this".

Molinari played in the final pairing with Woods at the British Open past year and beat him.

"I was very lucky to be given another chance to do something that I love to do".

"Incredible", said Brooks Koepka, who finished tied for second behind Woods.

In 2008, grimacing in pain with almost every step, he beat Rocco Mediate in a playoff to win the US Open and despite ever increasing injury troubles his 14th major title appeared to have him within comfortable reach of Nicklaus's record of 18.

"To have my kids there, it's come full circle; my dad was here (when I won) in 1997 and now I'm the dad with two kids here".

'Maybe next time would have been better for me, but it was nice to be out with him, he played well, hit the right shots at the right time and he deserved to win. I really couldn't so much of anything.

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

"I think that I've driven a lot more youth to the game", Woods said.

Even with the subsequent double bogey, Molinari was still in the hunt until a poorly played 15th hole, compounded by a bit of bad luck, finally sunk him.

"We're on 14 and I said, 'Let's get to 15.' You can't be on 14 and thinking about 18", LaCava said. It was an fantastic buzz to follow what was going on and yet still focus on what I was trying to do out there. "I learned from those, and was able to seal the deal today".

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