Woods wins Masters to claim first major in 11 years

Woods wins Masters to claim first major in 11 years

It was the fifth Masters title for Woods, his first since 2005, and it moved him three shy of the all-time record 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus. It also ends a almost 11-year major tournament drought for Woods, who last captured one back in 2008 at the US Open. "I'm so happy for him and for the game of golf this is so fantastic". Among the four majors, the Masters is second in purse behind the U.S. Open ($12 million), but ahead of the PGA Championship ($11 million) and the Open Championship ($10.5 million).

The victory also marked the first time Woods had reached the winner's circle at major without leading after 54 holes and broke Gary Player's record (13 years) for the longest gap between Masters wins.

Allied to his incredible physical skills, Woods has unshakable self-belief and an ability to completely shut out the distractions that come with the territory as one of the world's most famous sportsmen.

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While many were calling the 43-year-old's win the most incredible of sporting triumphs, not everyone was so generous.

Among those getting hit hard by Tiger's win was popular sportsbook William Hill, who had to pay out over $1-million to a bettor who wagered $85,000 on Woods to win the tournament before The Masters began on Thursday.

None could go lower except Woods, with Molinari undone at the par-5 15 when his approach struck a tree limb and his chip barely clung to the side of a damp slope on the way to a double-bogey disaster. Due to inclement weather expected in the afternoon, the iconic post-round celebration of the Masters victor has been nixed in part because officials want to expedite gate closures. Tiger Woods of the US celebrates with with his green jacket after winning the 2019 Masters.

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