On Sunday, Tiger Woods has won the Masters at a rainy Augusta National, finishing what was arguably the greatest career comeback in the history of golf nearly a decade after injuries and scandal derailed his game. Here it is to be noted that the 43-year-old golf legend walked up the 18th hole to the sound of roaring cheers to secure victory, a throwback to earlier years when he consistently dominated the most prestigious tournament in the sport. Woods shot a final round score of 70 to finish 13-under par. Sunday's victory was his fifth green jacket since 1997 and his first since 2005.
Woods said in Butler Cabin after the round "When I tapped the [final] putt in, I don't know what I did, but I know I screamed,". Added that "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." Woods made history 22 years ago when he won his first Masters at age 21, the youngest champion ever. But until Sunday, he hadn't won a major in more than 10 years, having last captured the U.S. Open in 2008. Woods' 11-year drought between majors was tied for the longest drought ever.
His victory at Augusta gives him 15 career major titles, just three behind all-time leader Jack Nicklaus. On Sunday, Woods played with remarkable consistency on the back nine, establishing himself as the leader as his competition began melting away. The threat of storms pushed up the start time, with the final group teeing off at 9:20 a.m. A solid front nine placed Wood in the hunt with half a dozen others, and a series of birdies on the back nine eventually put him out of reach.
However, it is worth mention here that, on 16, a par 3, his tee shot rolled within two feet of the hole, sending the crowd into a frenzy. As he walked up the fairway to the green on 18, the crowd roared as onlookers anticipated what was to come. Woods needed only a 5 on the par-4 18th to win the tournament. After narrowly missing a 15-foot putt on 18, he was left with a three-foot tap-in for the win. When the ball hit the cup, chants of "Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!" erupted as they had in years past.