Tiger Woods Wins His Fifth Masters Title

Tiger Woods Wins His Fifth Masters Title

Although it is the first major Woods has won starting a final round behind the lead, he showed his once-dominant self when he took the outright lead with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th and never looked back.

To Tiger Woods the joyous scene by the 18th green confirmed that his career, if not his life, has come "full circle".

But the signs were different when Woods clinched his first title in five years at the Tour Championship in Atlanta last year.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who won a record sixth Super Bowl this past February, joked that he was plotting how to match the number of major golf championships Woods has now accumulated.

Not since the 2008 U.S. Open had Woods hoisted a major trophy while the last of his four Augusta titles came in 2005, his fifth Green Jacket leaving him one short of another Nicklaus record. From the sex scandal that ended his marriage, to the four back operations that culminated in a spinal fusion two years ago, he has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. So East Lake was a big step for me, confirming that I could still win out here and against the best players. Overnight leader Francesco Molinari title charge collapsed with two double bogeys.

Clinging to a two-stroke lead through 11 holes following a scrappy first nine Molinari was concerned his 9-iron at the 155-yard 12 hole could get caught by a gust.

"I missed a couple of years of playing this great tournament, now to be winning it".

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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