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Tiger Woods claims first US Masters since 2008 in major comeback

15 April 2019

It's the first time Woods has won a major when he didn't hold the 54-hole lead, and sets a new record for the longest gap between Masters victories.

Praise has poured in for Tiger Woods after he captured his first major since 2008 with victory at the Masters at Augusta on Sunday, capping a stunning return from injury which some have dubbed the greatest comeback ever. This is the first time his children, daughter Sam, 11, and son Charlie, 10, were able to witness him achieving such a victory in person and in real-time.

But after a beaming Woods slipped on his fifth Green Jacket, he will be aware that Sunday's win has brought him tantalisingly close to another Nicklaus record - that of six Augusta titles.

The message alongside the video, reads: 'It's insane to think a 43-year-old who has experienced every high and every low and has just won his 15th major is chasing the same dream as a 3-year-old'.

After his win, Woods also embraced his mother, Kultida, and girlfriend, Eric Herman.

Following the win, Woods said: "It's overwhelming, I think because of what has transpired". I know that I made a few mistakes the last couple tournaments, but it just felt like it was there.

"My dad was here in 1997 and now I'm the dad with two kids here", he added.

Woods signed for a two-under 70 in the final round, finishing on minus 13, just ahead of Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka.

Written off as too old and too beaten up from four back surgeries and multiple knee operations, Woods underwent a back fusion in 2017 and slowly returned to form. 79-year-old Nicklaus posted on Twitter.

Paired together in the final round of last year's British Open, won by the Italian at Carnoustie, Molinari and Woods found themselves in the last group again battling for a major title. Leader Francesco Molinari (-13) is scheduled to go off with Tony Finau (-11) and Tiger Woods (-11) at 9:20 a.m. ET. The two double bogeys ended his Green Jacket bid.

Tiger Woods claims first US Masters since 2008 in major comeback