Tiger Woods came from behind on a dramatic fourth day at Augusta to win the Masters for the fifth time!
Nearly everyone thought that the days of seeing Tiger Woods win a major were long gone. The now fifteen-time major winner couldn’t have looked further away from winning again two years ago. His mugshot was all over the media after being arrested for driving under the influence, he looked like a man who needed real help.
Fast forward two years and Woods has completed was is being regarded as the greatest ever comeback in sport. The win at Augusta on Sunday landed him his fifth green jacket, which now puts him one behind Jack Nicklaus with six. It was also his fifteenth major which Nicklaus also has the record of wins for with 18. This was the first time Woods has tasted success at a major since the US Open in 2008.
The final day
Woods started off the final day two shots behind leader Francesco Molinari. The Italian had a fantastic first three days, he hit only one bogey in the 54 holes. Unlike Woods, Molinari was looking for his first ever major. It was looking like he was going to get it after still leading with only seven holes to go.
Tiger was going to have to do something he’s never done before to win and that was winning when he wasn’t leading going into the final day. But he was also going to have to do something he’s never done before to lose and that was not winning when he went into the final day on -11. Either way, Tiger was going to break a record at the end of the competition.
The final group to go out were Woods, Molinari and Finau. Molinari was leading until his tournament fell apart on the 12th hole. A double bogey on the par three allowed Woods to make his move for the top. The Italian never seemed to shake off this error and fell again at the 15th. A poor two shots found him in the rough and having to chip over the water. Molinari hit the ball too high which hit a tree and came crashing down into the water. He ended up scoring a second double bogey in four holes after not hitting a single bogey in 49 holes over the weekend.
This was Woods’ opportunity to take control. After making a birdie he was -13 and three shots ahead of Molinari. All he had to do was not drop any more shots in the next three holes as Johnson, Schauffele and Koepka were all on -12. A birdie on the 16th hole made it that bit more comfortable for Woods as he now had a two-shot cushion. He parred the 17th and walking down the 18th it was all but done.
Thankfully though he did hit a birdie on the 16th as he went on to bogey the 18th. In the grand scheme of things, it made no difference as he still won the competition by one shot.
As he bogeyed the last hole Augusta erupted. Everyone was delighted for Tiger Woods as the golfing world had seen the setbacks he has had over the past 10 years and how different he was to the Tiger everyone loved. He was embraced by his family as he walked off the green and by his fellow golfers. This will go down as one of the greatest moments in golfing history.
Up next for the five-time winner is the PGA Championship. Woods is the favourite for the competition on Bet365 at 8/1. In fact, this is the same for The Open and The US Open in which he is the favourite and at 8/1.
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