Published On: Sun, Apr 14th, 2019

Tiger Woods WINS The Masters in emotional scenes after thrilling final round at Augusta | Golf | Sport

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The fairytale return story is complete.

Just two years ago, there were serious concerns as to whether Tiger Woods would ever play a competitive round of golf on the PGA tour again.

Yet, he returned from injury in 2018 with a chip on his shoulder; to prove that he can still compete at the top of the game.

Strong performances at The Open and PGA Championship were followed by his first win on tour for five years at the season-ending Tour Championship.

Woods was among the bookies favourites heading into Augusta this year and made a strong start over the first two rounds, keeping himself in contention.

Then a five-under-par on Saturday put him in the final group alongside Francesco Molinari and Tony Finau.

There were clear tensions around Augusta, with the potential of seeing Woods win The Masters for a fifth time.

And at one point it looked as though it might prove too much for the 43-year-old, with Molinari holding his nerve.

That was, up until the 12th hole when Molinari sent one into the water, giving Woods and the rest of the field a chance.

And the moment Woods sensed blood, he pounced.

He birdied three holes between the 13th and 16th to give himself a two-shot lead heading into the last.

The crowd soon gathered at the final hole as history was about to be written, with Woods having two putts to be named 2019 Masters champion.

He missed the first opportunity, but that didn’t matter. Woods rolled in the two-footer and immediately burst into cheers along with the baying legion of golf enthusiasts.

The steely look Woods had on his face throughout the final round soon changed to an emotional outburst as he rushed to his family.

First, a warm embrace with his 10-year-old son, Charlie, sparking memories of when he hugged his dad back in 1997.

And then he went to his tearful mother before celebrating with his daughter, Sam, and heading to the Butlin Cabin to officially be handed the green jacket by 2018 champion Patrick Reed.

“It’s overwhelming just because I was very lucky just to be playing again,” Woods said.

“At the previous champions dinner I was really struggling and missed a couple of years playing in this great tournament and now be champion with 22 years between the wins.

“My mum was here and she was here in ’97 as well.”

Woods is Masters champion once again – and who’d ever bet against him as he looks to match Jack Nicklaus’ haul of 18 Majors.

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