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Tiger Woods Wins Masters in Stunning Comeback

The once-great golfer proves he's great again
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2019 1:50 PM CDT
Tiger Woods wears his green jacket holding the winning trophy after the final round for the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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(Newser) – Tiger Woods achieved an incredible career comeback Sunday by winning his fifth Masters and his first major tournament in nearly 11 years, ESPN reports. And he did it in dramatic fashion, beginning the final round at 2 down against Italy's Francesco Molinari, the reigning Open champ, and playing an unflinching 2-under 70. Woods was 13 under par at 275, beating Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka, and Dustin Johnson by a single stroke, per the New York Times. A birdie putt at the 15th hole gave Woods a lead that he never relinquished. Woods' 15th major tournament victory was also his first since his life began coming apart in 2009 amid a bitter marital dispute and shocking tabloid headlines.

Woods' victory was also an emotional one, the AP reports. The 43-year-old picked up his 10-year-old son, Charlie, then hugged his mom, his 11-year-old daughter, and others who had stood by him during his long struggle. "WOOOOOOO!" Woods screamed. What a change from the past few years, which saw him suffer leg and back injuries, a painkiller addiction, and four back surgeries that rendered him at one point unable to stand. "A big 'well done' from me to Tiger," tweeted retired golfing great Jack Nicklaus. "I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!!!" (Read more Tiger Woods stories.)

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