Woods' peers impressed by his comeback win

At 43, and two years after spinal fusion surgery, Woods captured his fifth Masters title and his 15th major with a one-shot victory on Sunday to trigger ecstatic scenes of joy around the 18th green.

It was anyone's game until Francesco Molinari, who earlier hit 8-iron in Rae's Creek on the 12th hole for double bogey, hit a wedge off a tree limb and into the water on the par-5 15th that led to double bogey.

One of the most-dominant athletes of all-time paid respect to another, with Serena Williams thanking Tiger Woods for winning the 2019 Masters tournament.

On his way to sign his scorecard and make it official, Woods was met by a host of fellow PGA Tour golfers waiting to congratulate him, including former champions Bernhard Langer, Zach Johnson and Bubba Watson and others including Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele.

The victory marked Woods 15 major chapionship and his first since winning the 2008 U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego.

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Woods was brilliant on the back nine on Saturday to earn himself a spot in the final group, and he followed up birdies on both of the par-5s with a gem of a shot at the par-3 16th.

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"I've played enough with him and know that he was playing well enough and I thought [Sunday] was going to be big in how he handled it, " Thomas said. Prior to my comeback, they only knew that golf caused me a lot of pain.

'Next year it won't be a course where I have never played well before, I'll have a few good rounds under my belt.

In the intervening period he battled a succession of injuries - a fourth back surgery in 2017 making him wonder if he would ever play again - and saw his reputation damaged by lurid revelations about his private life.

Woods, who used to nearly disdain the press, patiently and with a smile answered reporters' questions for close to an hour and was never condescending, even to the most inane question, as he might have been in the past.

"I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple years ago. I always felt like I could do pretty much anything physically, but for a while there, I just couldn't even walk".

"It's insane to think a 43-year-old who has experienced every high and every low and has just won his 15th major is chasing the same dream as a 3-year-old", the ad states.

But it was Sunday's victory at Augusta, topping one of the strongest ever major championship leaderboards, that truly completed Tiger's comeback. I couldn't sit. Couldn't lay down.

"But I did have my 30 seconds in the sun with the lead and it was a really cool feeling, and it just proves to my team and I that we can contend and that we can win on this property".

"Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget".