TIGER WOODS gave sport one of its great redemption stories yesterday as he claimed a barely believable 15th major title, his first for 11 years, with Masters glory at Augusta.
An emotional Woods said his life had come ‘full circle’ as he completed a truly epic sporting comeback, following a host of injuries that threatened to end his career and also a number of personal scandals.
Woods started yesterday two shots behind Italian Francesco Molinari, but a final round of 70 saw him up to 13 under and a victory by one shot from his fellow Americans Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka. ‘To have my kids there, it’s come full circle,’ Woods admitted after securing his fifth Masters crown amid scenes of raucous celebrations.
‘My dad was here in 1997 (when Woods won his first major) and now I’m the dad with two kids there. When I tapped in [on 18] I don’t know what I did, I know I screamed.
‘It will be up there. It’s one of the hardest I’ve ever had to win because of what transpired in the last couple of years.’ Woods had never before won a major when not leading going into the final day. This remarkable triumph for the 43-year-old could spark a fresh attempt to overhaul the long-standing Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors in the coming years.