Woods and Molinari set for back-nine Masters showdown

Woods and Molinari set for back-nine Masters showdown

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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