Tiger Woods wins Masters to claim first major since 2008

Francesco Molinari and Brooks Koepka

It was the American's first win at Augusta since 2005, and there's a lot less hair on the 43-year-old's head now than there was 14 years ago.

Francesco Molinari has vowed to learn from his Masters battle with Tiger Woods after missing out on a second major title at Augusta National.

"There were so many different scenarios that could have transpired on that back nine".

Nike has likely had this commercial ready to send for the last several years, but it was worth the wait since it hits you right in the feels.

"We are still doing well overall with wagers involving Tiger", Jeff Sherman, vice president of risk at Westgate SuperBook, said in an email.

'Next year it won't be a course where I have never played well before, I'll have a few good rounds under my belt.

Woods went from being the number one golfer in the world in May 2014 to be ranked 1,199 in December 2017 and was left nearly unable to tie his own shoelaces after undergoing three back surgeries. "When I tapped the putt in, I don't know what I did but I know I screamed. You couldn't have had more drama than we all had out there, and now I know why I'm balding". At the end of the Nike ad, a very young Woods is seen on camera saying: "I'm going to beat Jack Nicklaus".

Woods fired a final-round two-under par 70 to finish on 13-under 275 for a one-shot victory to capture a $2.07 million (1.82 million euros) top prize and the green jacket symbolizing Masters supremacy.

Nicklaus, 23-times tennis grand slam victor Serena Williams, Super Bowl champion Tom Brady also applauded the victory on Twitter while swimmer Michael Phelps, the victor of a record 23 Olympic gold medals, was at Augusta National to cheer Woods on. The next question is whether he can get three more to tie Nicklaus. "I felt in control of my long game and it really paid off".

That's why Sunday's victory capped one of the greatest comebacks in sports history from injury. He had also finished second behind Brooks Koepka at Bellerive in the 2018 PGA Championship. The German golfer was succeed the next year by Jack Nicklaus with a one-stroke that caped the legend's then record breaking 18th professional major win. One gambler, however, was a little more excited than the other fans.

An additional 15,000 tickets were made available for the championship on Monday morning, hours after Woods clinched his fifth Masters title.

Meanwhile, McIlroy, who won THE PLAYERS Championship last month and was going for the career Grand Slam at Augusta National, said he wasn't far off but faulted his play on the par 4s.

We'll update with final Masters Final Round numbers as they come in.

"It's nice to see his story, his comeback, and to be a witness in the first person", Molinari said.

Having said that, yesterday wasn't exactly an easy one for Woods.

"I've done a couple of things that I wish I had done differently now but I'll learn from my mistakes".

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