Tiger Woods wins Masters to claim first major in 11 years

Phil Mickelson hits a drive on the ninth hole during the second round for the Masters golf tournament Friday

Tiger Woods is Masters champion for a fifth time, 14 years on from his last triumph at Augusta.

Tiger Woodsjust made the ultimate comeback and for the first time, he got to share his major win with his kids. Coming up 18 I was just trying to make a five. I really felt that I was starting to shape the golf ball, and my putting was starting to come around.

Former world No.1 Woods has moved to within three of Jack Nicklaus' all-time record 18 victories and one behind Sam Snead's record 82 US PGA Tour wins.

"That win at East Lake was a big confidence-booster for me because I had come close a year ago a couple times, which still have to get it across the finish line, and I didn't quite do it", said Woods, who will rise to sixth when the world rankings are updated on Monday.

At 43 years old, and having had multiple back surgeries, it appeared as though Wood's last triumph at a major would be the 2008 U.S. Open.

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"I am literally in tears watching TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other". 79-year-old Nicklaus posted on Twitter.

Australia's Jason Day (67) was tied fifth at 11 under alongside 54-hole leader Francesco Molinari, Webb Simpson (70) and Tony Finau (72). It could have gone so many different ways, and I just kept hanging in there until the last couple of holes.

At Carnoustie it was Woods who stumbled on the back nine while leading.

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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