Tiger a major champion again, and race to Nicklaus back on

Francesco Molinari and Brooks Koepka

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.

The director of trading for the United Kingdom-based company's US operations, Bogdanovich told USA Today that the sportsbook took an overall loss of "seven figures" on Woods' win, his first at the Masters since 2005 and first major of any kind since 2008.

Woods famously embraced his late father Earl after winning his first Masters in 1997. It gets Herculean to win majors as you inch toward 50, and Tiger at 43 has probably 20-30 more runs at winning the three majors he needs to tie Nicklaus and four he needs to surpass him. "But I had a good feeling that the way I was shaping the golf ball that I was going to be in the mix", Woods, who will now climb to No.6, added. "I think we all knew it was going to come".

"It has come full circle", Woods said.

"I did the same thing to my dad and now I'm the dad with my son doing the same thing", he reflected to CNN's Andy Scholes.

A collector struck at the flawless time to own a piece of Tiger Woods history, winning an auction Saturday to own Woods' backup putter from 2000. "A truly Great Champion!"

And as he holed the putt that brought to an unlikely end a drought that few had foreseen and even fewer foresaw being broken, the 15-time major victor crept one step closer to Jack Nicklaus' unrivaled 18 titles.

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Golf - Masters - Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 14, 2019.

That is how Tiger Woods attempted to describe an extraordinary Sunday.

With his public persona tarnished by the revelation of his extra-marital affairs, Tiger's golfing career embarked on what seemed an inexorable decline as back injuries took their toll.

"I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple of years ago", Woods said. "I always felt like I could do pretty much anything physically, but for a while there, I just couldn't even walk". I couldn't sit. Couldn't lay down. "I really couldn't do much of anything", Woods afterwards in his news conference.

"Luckily I've had the procedure where that's no longer the case and I can do this again". ESPN also reported that an offshore sportsbook posted its biggest loss ever, eclipsing not just golf but also the Super Bowl.

All eyes were on overnight leader Francesco Molinari, who led by two shots, Woods and the weather when play began on Sunday as the race for the Green Jacket turned into a final sprint with the forecast predicting rain and thunderstorms. Four amateurs made the cut, led by Oklahoma State's Victor Hovland, who shot 72-71-71-71 to finish T32 and win low amateur.

One shy of Snead's mark Woods, one shy of matching Nicklaus for the most career Masters wins, won his 81st career US PGA victory, leaving him one win short of the all-time record held by Sam Snead.