Tiger Woods has won the 83rd Masters tournament in an astonishing comeback after 14 years since he last secured a green jacket.
Woods, 43, was tied for second going into the final round on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, but pulled into the lead on the back nine and won as his family looked on.
It is the first time Woods has won a major when he did not have a lead or co-lead after 54 holes, his first win at The Masters since 2005, and his first majors title in 11 years.
On the 18th green, the patrons went wild and began chanting ‘Tiger, Tiger’ as Woods sunk his final putt to win the tournament, completing a dizzying final round and one of the biggest fairytale comebacks in sports history.
The crowning moment follows Woods’ troubled marriage and 2010 divorce, a life-changing lumbar fusion surgery in 2017, and the humiliation of arrest months later when he was found asleep at the wheel of a car sitting in a traffic lane.
The champion’s mother Kultida Woods, 75, his two children Charlie and Sam, and his girlfriend Erica Herman, 35, embraced him as he walked off the green.
Woods reacts after holing his final putt winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia
Woods hugs his son Charlie after winning the Masters for a fifth time on Sunday, 22 years after his first win at Augusta
Woods’ family greets him after his win. Pictured from left to right are his mother Kultida, son Charlie Axel, daughter Sam Alexis, and girlfriend Erica Herman
Tiger Woods pulls his ball from the the hole on the 18th green, sealing his win at The Masters on Sunday
Woods celebrates on the 18th hole after winning the 2019 Masters as the patrons behind him go wild chanting his name
Patrons cheer as Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt on the 18th green to win during the final round of the Masters
It is just two years since Woods told Jack Nicklaus ‘I’m done’ during the Champions Dinner at Augusta National
Tiger Woods reacts with his caddie Joe LaCava as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday in Augusta, Georgia
Woods reacts as he walks off the 18th hole after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday
Woods hugs his son Charlie after winning the 83rd Masters tournament on Sunday in Augusta
Woods celebrates with family after winning the 2019 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club
It is Woods’ first win at The Masters since his father Earl Woods, who introduced him to golf at the age of two, died from a heart attack in 2006.
It comes after years of personal and health struggles for Tiger Woods, who at one point considered retiring from the PGA Tour.
Before Saturday, it had been 11 years since Woods won a major title, when he beat Rocco Mediate in a play-off for the 2008 US Open despite a double stress fracture and knee injury which prompted season-ending surgery.
And it is just two years since he told Jack Nicklaus ‘I’m done’ during the Champions Dinner at Augusta National, after which he flew straight to London to see the consultant who recommended he undergo what proved to be career-saving spinal fusion surgery.
In an interview with CBS after his win on Sunday, Woods called the tournament ‘one of the hardest that I’ve ever had to win, just because of what has transpired over the past couple of years in trying to come back and play.’
‘It fits!’ Woods exclaimed as last year’s Masters victor Patrick Reed helped him into the legendary green jacket.
‘It’s come full circle’: Tiger Woods pulls off the impossible and mirrors scenes from 1997 by pulling his children into emotional embrace after winning the Masters… just as he did with his father 22 years ago
By Danny Gallagher For Mailonline
Tiger Woods pulled off arguably the greatest comeback sport has ever seen, and in doing so brought back the memories of yesteryear with a sublime final round at Augusta to become Masters champion.
Holding his nerve as leader Francesco Molinari faltered, a resurgent Woods continued to press ahead and seal the deal – pulling off a major victory many thought would never be seen again.
Putting on the 18th to finish final day 13-under-par and winning the prestigious tournament by one shot, Woods fell into the arms of his family waiting by the green… just as he did with his late father 22 years ago.
Tiger Woods came full circle and mirrored scenes of his first Masters victory back in 1997, when he hugged his father, hugging his son Charlie
Woods was met by his mother Kultida and his children Charlie and Sam, and shared a highly emotional moment which brought back echoes of the past.
After winning his first green jacket in 1997, Woods shared the joyous moment with his father Earl, who pulled him into a huge embrace.
Earl passed away in May 2006, a year after Tiger won his most recent Masters before Sunday’s masterclass.
Now it was time for Tiger to play the father figure, pulling his children into tight bear hugs while fighting back the tears.
His mother Kultida was stood by the green along with his children and girlfriend Erica Herman as Woods putted to win
Speaking in Butler Cabin ahead of receiving his fifth green jacket, Woods said: ‘It’s come full circle, I had my dad there in ’97 and now I have my kids here today.
‘Last year I was just very lucky to be playing again. I missed a couple of years of not playing this great tournament to now being champion.
‘[It is] Unreal for me to experience this, my mom was here and she was there in 97 as well. I couldn’t be more happier or excited, I’m lost for words.
‘It’s up there as one of the hardest I’ve ever had to win. My father shouldn’t have been there [in ’97] he was recovering from a heart attack and heart surgery,’ an emotional Woods continued.
‘To have my little boy Charlie here, that embrace, that was so special. Sam had a soccer tournament yesterday but I managed to persuade them to come up and watch the Masters, and I was able to win.’
2018 champ Patrick Reed helps Tiger Woods with his green jacket after Woods won the Masters golf tournament on Sunday
Reed helps Tiger Woods with his green jacket after Woods won the Masters golf tournament Sunday in Georgia
It comes after years of personal and health struggles for Tiger Woods, who at one point considered retiring from the PGA Tour
Woods called the tournament ‘one of the hardest that I’ve ever had to win, just because of what has transpired over the past couple of years in trying to come back and play’
Tiger Woods with with his green jacket and the Masters Trophy, which depicts the Augusta National clubhouse
The trophy was made in England of more than 900 separate pieces of silver, and the winners’ names are engraved on it. It remains in the clubhouse at Augusta, as do the green jackets the club awards winners
President Donald Trump congratulated Woods in stream of tweets during the final holes of the round, urging the country to ‘tune in’ and watch.
‘Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!’ wrote Trump, who has played recreational rounds of golf with Woods in the past.
Former president Barack Obama also praised Woods in a tweet, writing: ‘Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.’
Woods caught up with tournament leader Francesco Molinari on the 12th hole, when Molinari double-bogeyed on a shot into the water.
On the back nine, there was at one point a five-way tie for first place, with Woods, Molinari, Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson all sitting at 12 under par.
Woods jumped out to the lead with a birdie on the 15th hole for 13 under. He went two up on the field with another birdie on the 16th, and held the lead through the final green, finishing one under Johnson, Koepka and Schauffele.
Tiger Woods putts for birdie to take the lead on the 15th hole during the final round for the Masters golf tournament
Tiger Woods gestures after putting on the 15th green during final round play and taking the lead at The Masters
Patrons cheers after Tiger Woods sunk a putt for birdie on the 16th green to jump two ahead of the field in the final round
Woods was wearing his trademark final-round red shirt for the tournament’s last day.
He has suffered from injuries and persistent back pain since his last majors win, and has undergone four back surgeries including a spinal fusion.
He missed The Masters in 2014, 2016 and 2017 due to back issues. At one point, he said he did not know if he would be able to return to the PGA Tour.
Scandal hit in 2017, when he was charged with driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida.
He said he had been taking prescription drugs without realizing the side effects, and was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to reckless driving.
Tiger Woods hits during the final round for the Masters golf tournament on the 12th hole, where he tied for the lead
Woods watches his shot hit the green after Molinari’s ball went in the water on the 12th hole
Tiger Woods walks to the 12th green during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National
Francesco Molinari of Italy in action on the 4th hole during final round play. He entered Sunday leading the tournament
Woods called for ground crews to clear the 12th green with blowers before putting for par
Woods makes a long putt on the 12th green as Molinari looks on. Woods was par for the hole while Molinari had a double-bogey, allowing Woods to tie
Francesco Molinari of Italy (right) reacts to his double bogey on the 12th hole, which allowed Woods to tie him for the lead
Wood’s phenomenal comeback was staged under the threat of storms as a severe weather system moved across the South.
In a desperate attempt to get the season’s first major across the finish line before the storm hit, officials pushed up start times and sent golfers off in threesomes from both the first and 10th tees.
Floodlights cast shadows on the practice range as players warmed up in darkness before the final round started at 7.30am.
Woods said he got up by 4am to start stretching a body that has been slowed by four back surgeries.
TIGER WOODS TIMELINE SINCE 2013, WHEN HE WON HIS LAST VICTORY ON THE PGA TOUR
Woods is seen above holding the trophy after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament in Akron, Ohio on August 4, 2013. It would take him five years to win another tournament
2013 – Captures his 79th PGA Tour title at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August.
2014 – A week before the Masters in April, Woods announces that he requires back surgery, forcing him to miss the year´s opening major for the first time since 1994.
He returned to competition in June but struggled on with back pain.
2015 – Posts the worst score of his professional career in June, a 13-over-par 85 in the third round of the Memorial tournament in Ohio.
2015 – Woods has a second microdiscectomy performed in September with a follow-up procedure six weeks later, forcing him to shut down his playing schedule indefinitely.
2016 – In April, he plays his first stretch of holes in eight months at a golf course opening in Montgomery, Texas.
2016 – Misses all four major championships in a season for the first time in his career.
In May 2017, Woods was arrested by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies in Palm Beach, Florida
2016 – In September announces that he hopes to make his competitive return to golf at the PGA Tour´s Oct. 13-16 Safeway Open in Napa, California.
2016 – Three days before the start of the Safeway Open, pulls out, saying his game is not sharp enough to compete at the highest level.
2017 – Woods ends 17 months on the sidelines by playing the Farmers Insurance Open, where he misses the cut.
The following week he pulls out of the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic before the second round, citing back spasms.
2017 – Undergoes lumbar fusion surgery in April. The procedure involves fusing two vertebrae in his lower back into a single structure.
2017 – Arrested after being found asleep at the wheel of his parked car in Florida in May.
Toxicology report reveals he had five drugs in his system, but no alcohol.
2017 – Woods returns to competition in November at the unofficial World Challenge, finishing equal ninth in the 18-man field.
2018 – After being among the title contenders at several tournaments during the season, Woods ends his five-year barren run by clinching the Tour Championship, his 80th PGA Tour victory, leaving him two shy of the all-time mark held by Sam Snead.
2019 – At age 43, Woods wins the Masters Tournament in an astonishing comeback, his first majors win since 2011 and his first win at Augusta since 2005.