Tiger Woods continues to write golf history at the age of 43. The American won the title at the Masters in Augusta, earning his 15th major title – and the first since 2008.
Tiger Woods delivered the big show at the Augusta National Golf Club. The superstar triumphs for the fifth time at the Masters on Sunday (14.04.2019), crowning one of the biggest and most emotional comebacks in sports history.
Plagued by injury and personal problems, the Californian defeated his compatriots Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka (all 276 strokes) in a traditional 70-lap final with a total of 275 strokes.
"It's overwhelming, I've been happy to play here again last year," Woods said. "It's closing in, my dad was here in 1997, today I'm a dad."
Last Masters win 14 years ago
Fourteen years after his last Masters win, Woods received the famous Green Winning Jacket and some $ 2 million in prize money for his 15th success with a major trophy. With the victory Woods came closer to the record marks of US idol Jack Nicklaus, who won six times the "Green Jacket" and triumphed 18 times in major tournaments. Woods most recently won a major title in 2008 by winning the US Open.
The frenetic fans celebrated the crowd's favorite with loud "Tiger, Tiger" chanting as he whipped up the deciding putt to victory on the 18th and final fairway. As the first well-wishers his two children Sam and Charlie and his mother Kultida fell around his neck.
Exciting final round
The final round was hard to beat, especially in the last seven holes, the leadership changed constantly. On the twelfth fairway Woods, who started the final round two shots behind the leader, beat for the first time. His hitherto toughest competitors Francesco Molinari and Tony Finau sunk on the 144 meter short Par-3 both their tees in the water. Woods managed the par and played for the first time in the split leadership.
With a birdie on the 15th fairway, the long-standing number one of the world took over the holes of the field for the first time with three holes to go. On the 16th track he built his lead with another birdie. He did not give up the leadership until the end.
Langer and Kaymer knocked off
Germany's golf aces Martin Kaymer and Bernhard Langer had nothing to do with their victory in Augusta. Two-time Major winner Kaymer played a round of 71 on the fourth day and finished the tradition tournament in Georgia with 290 strokes in 51st place.
The 61-year-old Langer experienced a disaster on the final day. The Masters Champion of 1985 and 1993 returned to the clubhouse with a weak 78 round. In the end, Langer took the 62nd place in his 36th Masters with 296 strokes.
Due to a threatening storm over the par 72 course in the US state of Georgia, the starting times on Sunday had been significantly shifted forward.