Tiger Woods has sealed one of the greatest comebacks in sport with a momentous Masters victory at the Augusta National, capturing his first major in 11 years.
At 43, and two years after spinal fusion surgery, Woods captured his fifth Masters title and his 15th major with a one-shot victory on Sunday to trigger ecstatic scenes of joy around the 18th green.
Woods was helped into the green jacket by last year’s winner Patrick Reed. “Yeah buddy! It fits!” he said.
The victory comes 14 years after the last of his Masters titles. He is now three short of the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus and is the second-oldest Masters winner after Nicklaus.
“It’s overwhelming, because of what has transpired,” said Woods.
“Last year I was just very lucky to be playing again. I missed a couple of years of playing this great tournament. And to now be the champion … what, is it 22 years [since his first Masters]? It’s a long time! It’s unreal.”