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  • Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Tiger Woods wears his green jacket holding the winning trophy after the final round for the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Tiger Woods hits to the fourth green during the final round for the Masters golf tournament, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Tiger Woods reacts with his caddie Joe LaCava as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Tiger Woods hits on the 12th hole during the final round for the Masters golf tournament, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Tiger Woods smiles as he walks off the seventh tee during the final round for the Masters golf tournament, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Associated Press Tiger Woods reacts after winning the Masters on Sunday, the fifth time he has won the tournament.

  • Patrick Reed helps Tiger Woods with his green jacket after Woods won the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Monday, April 15, 2019 1:00 am

Woods wins 5th green jacket

1st at Masters since 2005; 1st major since '08

DOUG FERGUSON | Associated Press

Key Hole

Hole: 12

Yardage: 155

Par: 3

Stroke average: 3.053

Rank: 9th

Key fact: Four of six players in the last two groups dumped tee shots in the water at Amen Corner, while Tiger Woods dropped his ball safely on the green and two-putted for par. Francesco Molinari, who was leading at the time, wound up with a double-bogey and finished two shots behind Woods. Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka and Ian Poulter also made double-bogey, ruining their chances of capturing the green jacket.

Leader board At Augusta National GC Yardage: 7,475 Par: 72 (36-36) Final round Tiger Woods 70-68-67-70-275 Dustin Johnson 68-70-70-68-276 Xander Schauffele 73-65-70-68-276 Brooks Koepka 66-71-69-70-276

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods blazing to victory in his Sunday red at the Masters, a scene once so familiar, was never more stunning.

It was only two years ago at Augusta National that Woods needed a nerve block just to hobble upstairs to the Champions' Dinner, unsure he would ever play another round of golf. He had a fourth back surgery with hopes of simply playing with his two children, not chasing Jack Nicklaus in history.

And now it's all pieced back together – his life, his back, even golf. A fallen hero, Woods is a Masters champion again.

He won his fifth green jacket, his 15th major, but never with this much raw emotion. The most ferocious fist pump was when he walked off the 18th green, scooped up 10-year-old son Charlie, embraced his mother and 11-year-old daughter Sam.

“For them to see what it's like to have their dad win a major championship, I hope that's something they will never forget,” Woods said.

Who can ever forget this?

“It's hard to really feel bad about how I played because I just witnessed history,” said Xander Schauffele, one of three players who tied for second. “It was really cool coming down the stretch, all the historic holes, Tiger making the roars. I feel like I got full Masters experience.”

It had been 14 years since he last won the Masters – no one had ever gone that long between green jackets. He had gone nearly 11 years since his last major, the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines on a shattered left leg. This was bigger.

Woods never missed a shot that mattered over the final seven holes, taking the lead with a 5-iron to the fat of the green on the par-5 15th for a two-putt birdie, delivering the knockout with an 8-iron that rode down the ridge by the cup and settled 2 feet away for birdie on the par-3 16th.

He tapped in for bogey and a 2-under 70, and the celebration was on.

“WOOOOOOO!!!” Woods screamed as he headed for the scoring room with chants of “Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!” He never hugged more people, everyone in his camp who stood by him through a public divorce, an embarrassing mug shot from his DUI arrest.

“I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple of years ago,” Woods said “I could barely walk. I couldn't sit. Couldn't lay down. I really couldn't so much of anything. ... To have the opportunity to come back like this, it's probably one of the biggest wins I've ever had for sure because of it.”

It was the first time Woods won a major when trailing going into the final round. Francesco Molinari, the 54-hole leader, was still up two shots heading into the heart of Amen Corner.

Molinari's tee shot on the par-3 12th never had a chance, hitting the bank and tumbling into Rae's Creek for double bogey. 

And then it seemed as though practically everyone had a chance, until Woods delivered the key shots at the big moment.

Schauffele failed to birdie the par-5 15th and scrambled for pars the rest of the way for a 68. Dustin Johnson made three straight birdies late in the round, but it was too late and settled for a 68.