AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The comeback is complete. Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title.
The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under 70 for one-stroke victory and his 15th major championship. But it was his first since the 2008 U.S. Open, capping a remarkable recovery from debilitating injuries and embarrassing personal problems.
Woods never missed a shot that mattered over the final seven holes, taking the lead with a 5-iron to the fat of the green on the par-5 15th for a two-putt birdie. He delivered the knockout with an 8-iron that rode down the ridge by the cup and settled 2 feet away for birdie on the par-3 16th.
He tapped in for birdie and a 13-under total.
This is the first time Woods has ever come from behind on the final day to win a major championship, leaving him three behind Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles.
Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh), Xander Schauffele (SHOW’-flee) and Dustin Johnson tied for second. Francesco Molinari entered the final round with a two-shot lead and remained in contention for his first Green Jacket before carding double-bogeys on the 12th and 15th holes to end up two shots back.