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‘The greatest comeback in the history of sport’: Tiger Woods wins the Masters

Macquarie National News

Image: Logan Whitton/Augusta National

Tiger Woods has cemented one of the greatest comeback stories in sporting history, winning the Masters by one shot.

The victory at August National is the 43-year-old’s 15th major title, his first since 2008.

In between, Tiger’s life unravelled through a mixture of personal problems and crippling injuries.

At one point doctors feared he may not be able to walk again, let alone play golf.

Last year, Tiger shocked the world by winning his first PGA Tournament since 2013.

But in the early hours of this morning, Tiger roared louder than ever as he earned a fifth green jacket.

Tiger shot a two-under-par final round to reign in overnight leader Francesco Molinari and hold off a fast-finishing Dustin Johnson (T2) and Xander Schauffele (T2).

The scenes as he sunk the winning putt were only bettered by a touching reunion with his mum and children.

Tiger shared a special hug with his son Charlie after walking off the 18th green, a moment that replicated a hug Tiger shared with his late father Earl after winning his first major at Augusta in 1997.

Tiger’s 81st PGA victory sees him move to number six in the world, less than two years after being ranked 1199th.

It also sees him move to 15 major victories, just three behind all-time leader Jack Nicklaus.

Woods’ fifth green jacket comes with a cheque for more $2 million and sees his career purse rise to a staggering US$118,309,570.

Jason Day was the best of the four Aussies in the field, overcoming back problem to shoot a five-under-par final round and finish tied for 5th place, two shots behind Tiger Woods.

After jumping in and out of the lead earlier in the tournament, 2013 Masters winner, Adam Scott, ended in a tie for 18th.

Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith both struggled on Sunday, finishing over par for the tournament in a tied for 49th and 51st respectively.

Many Australians were robbed of seeing the incredible final round by bad weather, with the regular 9am (AEST) finish pushed forward to 4.30am.

Alan Jones has labelled Tiger’s remarkable feat the greatest comeback in sporting history.

“This is the greatest comeback in the history of sport, there’s no doubt about that.”

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