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Woods restores roar at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — There was a new roar that echoed throughout Augusta National.

It was like the ones heard before, but before was 14 years ago.

Countless times before, Tiger Woods has made fans at the Masters shake the sacred grounds with their cheers after shots, rounds and wins. On Sunday, Woods had the throng gathered around the 18th green chanting his name.

“Tiger. Tiger. Tiger.”

They had just witnessed more history. Woods won this 15th major and fifth Masters championship, closing with a final score of 13-under par. The major win came 11 years after his last major, which was the U.S. Open in 2008.

Woods served notice, even after two near misses in majors last year and a win at the Tour Championship, that he is back.

Woods entered the final round in the final pairing, two strokes behind leader Francesco Molinari and tied with Tony Finau.

As the round progressed, each faded with mistakes. Woods fought off other would-be challengers with birdies at Nos. 14 and 15. By the time he got to No. 18, Woods held a two-shot lead. He bogeyed the final hole to win by one stroke.

Woods screamed.

The crowd roared.

There were hugs from his children and mother, which came 22 years after Woods embraced his ailing father after winning the 1997 Masters, his first major championship.

Woods high-fived those lined the walkway to the scorer’s building.

Fellow players, including some wearing their green jackets as Masters winners, offered congratulations before he entered.

“I mean, I’ve heard it,” said Brooks Koepka, who held off Woods at last year’s PGA Championship and finished a stroke behind at the Masters. “I heard it at the PGA. You hear it here. You know any time he does something good, the fans are going to get excited and they are going to be loud, and that’s the following that he’s created.

“It’s cool to see, if you take a step back while you’re playing. It’s fun. I mean, you watch him walk down after he won on 18 there, I mean, it’s just a monsoon of people. It’s incredible.”

Woods dispatched Molinari, who faltered with double bogeys on Nos. 12 and 15 when hit found the water. Molinari said a Woods’ breakthrough was a matter of time. Woods had prime chances at the British Open and the PGA last year. For him to finally win again and on this course was dramatic.

“I think we all knew it was coming sooner or later,” Molinari said. “So maybe next time it will be better for me, but it was nice to be out with him. He played well. He hit the right shots at the right time and deserved to win.”

FINAL LEADERBOARD

Golfer Score

Tiger Woods -13

Dustin Johnson -12

Xander Schauffele -12

Brooks Koepka -12

Jason Day -11

Webb Simpson -11

Tony Finau -11

Francesco Molinari -11

Also

Zach Johnson +5

A TIGER’S TALE

With his win Sunday, Tiger Woods has now won 15 majors, second all time (Jack Nicklaus, 18).

Here’s how it breaks down:

The Masters (5: 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019)

PGA Championship (4: 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007)

U.S. Open (3: 2000, 2002, 2008)

British Open (3: 2000, 2005, 2006)