Punter scores record win on Tiger Woods' Masters victory

Virginia Santiago
April 16, 2019

Winning a fifth Masters title, and his first since 2005, cemented a fairytale comeback to the pinnacle of golf for Woods, whose career imploded after a 2009 sex scandal and nagging knee and back injuries that required a total of seven surgeries.

Francesco Molinari wasn't the first player to be fooled by the swirling winds at Augusta National's 12hole and have his title chances at the Masters washed away by Rae's Creek, but the company he keeps probably didn't help in the heat of the moment.

Tiger Woods completed one of sport's greatest comebacks to end an 11-year major title drought at the Masters on Sunday by claiming a fifth Green Jacket.

Woods one-stroke win from fellow Americans Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka will take him to number six in the world - he was as low as 1,199 in November 2017. Things turned around in 2018, with a win at the Tour Championship his first victory on tour in five years.

National Basketball Association stars LeBron James and Steph Curry also expressed their admiration, although Curry hoped for a little more from Woods as a result of him claiming a fifth green jacket.

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"I think 18 is a whole lot closer than people think", Koepka said.

Mere minutes after Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters for his 15th major victory, Nike was ready to celebrate.

He is now three short of the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus and is the second oldest Masters victor after Nicklaus.

"To have the opportunity to come back, it's one of the biggest wins I've ever had for sure". I just couldn't be more happy, more excited.

With Woods' dearth of recent major championships, the Nicklaus mark appeared increasingly distant for the aging Woods. Just their infectiousness of happiness; I was going through a tough time physically. "I'm just enjoying 15", Woods said.

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"The kids are starting to understand how much this game means to me", he said. But regardless of whether or not you sympathize with the golf legend, winning a major at his age after going winless for 11 years is an incredible athletic achievement.

Molinari had played near flawless golf through the first three rounds, carding a single bogey, but on Sunday a bogey along with the two doubles during a miserable final round of two-over 74 left him two back of the victor.

He missed a putt for par on the 18th before finishing with little more than a tap-in for a round of 70, 13 under par for the tournament.

"I think I made a few new fans today with those double bogeys", he said.

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