Tiger Woods caps stirring comeback with fifth Masters triumph, 15th major title

Tiger Woods caps stirring comeback with fifth Masters triumph, 15th major title

Tiger Woods caps stirring comeback with fifth Masters triumph, 15th major title

"Tiger! Tiger" echoing as loud as any of the roars on the back nine at Augusta National.

Tiger Woods is Masters champion for a fifth time, 14 years on from his last triumph at Augusta.

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.

"The last time Tiger won I had no kids", Nick Wegman wrote.

Woods last won at Augusta in 2005, while Gary Player had 13 years between his 1961 and 1974 wins. "Eighteen [majors] is, I think, a lot closer than people think".

Woods had never won a major after trailing after three rounds, but he took the Masters by the scruff of the neck in a late surge with birdies at the 13th, 15th and 16th.

They say the Masters starts on the second nine on Sunday, and this year didn't disappoint, especially with the arrival of the promised rain.

Former world No.1 Woods has moved to within three of Jack Nicklaus' all-time record 18 victories and one behind Sam Snead's record 82 US PGA Tour wins.

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"I'm pretty comfortable being in, being up there on the leaderboard in a major come Sunday", said Koepka, whose roller-coaster round included an eagle, five birdies and four bogeys.

But with a surgically-fused back that is allowing him to generate nearly as much power as 20 years ago it would be fearless to bet against a man who has already done the seemingly impossible time and time again.

'It doesn't change what I do, I won't change the way I prepare for majors.

The reigning British Open champion had seemed impervious to the pressure of leading the final round of a major championship, even with Tiger Woods breathing down his neck.

Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau.

"Sometimes it is your day, sometimes it isn't, but I'm really happy of the way I felt out there today", said Molinari.

"I think the kids are starting to understand how much the game means to me", Woods added.

Koepka, one of four players from the final two groups who hit into the water on No. 12, rallied with an eagle on the 13th, narrowly missed another eagle on the 15th and was the last player with a chance.

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