Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Tiger Woods Wins Masters for 5th Time, First Time Since 2005

Tiger Woods Wins Masters for 5th Time, First Time Since 2005

Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka finished tied second at 12-under. The performance over the last year favors Molinari, whose British Open title is among four big tournaments he has won since last year's Masters.

Tony Finau is no stranger to making a charge at Augusta National, fortunately for him the one he made at the Masters on Saturday left him with a better chance of slipping into a Green Jacket than an ankle brace.

A flawless drive at the 17th led to an easy par, and then the telling tee shot at the 18th with a 3-wood up the right side put him in position to close out a remarkable victory. The 43-year-old ended his 11-year drought at major championships with a stellar final round to finish at 13-under overall and emerge atop a crowded leaderboard.

The 2019 US Masters is the first major of the year and it has one of the most competitive fields in years. He hugged his mother and then his 11-year-old daughter Sam, and everyone else in his camp that stood by him through a public divorce, an embarrassing DUI arrest from a concoction of painkillers and four back surgeries, the most recent one just two years ago to fuse his lower spine.

Final-round summary: Tournament debutant Spieth threatened to pull off a major shock when he pulled two clear of fellow third-round leader Watson - the 2012 victor - through seven holes on Sunday.

"This is definitely, probably one of the greatest comebacks I think anybody's ever seen", Koepka said, before rattling off Woods' total PGA Tour victories and 15 majors.

"My plan is to go out and do the same, but I think there's going to be a few guys trying to mess up my plan", he said. The Italian played a bogey-free round, finishing with a 67.

The Australian former world No.1s began the third round tied for the lead but failed to break par as Tiger Woods roared to life and British Open champion Francesco Molinari grabbed the 54-hole lead.

Best of the rest: Oosthuizen opened with a birdie and played his first seven holes in 4 under before carding his lone bogey at the par-5 eighth. "I'm happy to be where I'm at, especially having to get up and down from 180 yards on the 15th to make par".

Molinari, who claimed his first major at Carnoustie in July, first came to the Masters as a caddy for his brother Eduardo in 2006, when they were paired with Woods.

"I put myself in a good place for the weekend", Scott said. "It wasn't about chasing, it wasn't about doing anything, it was just about going out there and executing the shots that I needed to. And now I'm the dad with two kids there".

Mickelson stumbled to a 73 but still was only three shots behind.

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