Woods and Molinari set for back-nine Masters showdown

Phil Mickelson hits a drive on the ninth hole during the second round for the Masters golf tournament Friday

Woods came alive on the second nine with birdies at 13, 15 and 16, while his main rivals found trouble, leaving the 43-year-old to claim a fifth Masters title, and 15th major victory that seemed so improbable for so long.

Tiger Woods has won a fifth Masters.

"I'm a little hoarse from yelling", Woods said after the round.

"To have my kids there was [wonderful], I've come full circle".

William Hill have had to shell out after Tiger Woods' shock, which is his first major championship victory in more than a decade.

"My dad [Earl] was here in 1997 when I won [the Masters for the first time]".

However, dressed in his traditional final-round red shirt, Woods emerged from a back-nine showdown with two-time major victor Molinari to win his fifth Masters title and 15th major of a storied career that moves him three behind Jack Nicklaus' record haul of 18.

Last week, a bettor wagered $US85,000 that Woods would break his 11-year drought in the Majors at Augusta National at the odds of $15.

In a rollercoaster final round, which at one stage had five co-leaders, Woods held his nerve to come through for a final round of 70 to finish on 13-under, one clear of Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka. And what a remarkable return it was for Tiger Woods.

A 15th major success was secured in sensational fashion on Sunday as Woods overhauled Francesco Molinari's two-shot overnight lead to prevail by one stroke.

Woods sent his drive at 10 way right, forcing him to chip out and leading to a bogey.

Molinari had played near flawless golf through the first three rounds, carding a single bogey, but on Sunday a bogey along with the two doubles during a miserable final round of two-over 74 left him two back of the victor.

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