Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Tiger Woods wins The Masters for the first time since 2005

Tiger Woods wins The Masters for the first time since 2005

Prior to Sunday, Woods hadn't won a major championship since his victory at the US open in 2008. The all-time leader for majors victories is Jack Nicklaus with 18.

Woods's return to the top garnered praise from world leaders and sporting greats alike, with United States president Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama both offering congratulations via social media.

Other colleagues shared similar thoughts, some of whom were among those standing at the Augusta National clubhouse to greet Woods following his victory. "But then again the last two majors counts for something".

Brooks Koepka of the USA hits off the 2nd tee during third round play.

The iconic Masters green jacket is perhaps more important to the winning golfer.

"Luckily I had the procedure on my back, which gave me a chance at having a normal life".

"I'm pretty comfortable being in, being up there on the leaderboard in a major come Sunday", said Koepka, whose roller-coaster round included an eagle, five birdies and four bogeys. "I was really hoping it would go in".

Weather concerns have already played a huge role in how Sunday's final round is developing with tee times pushed up to start at 7:30 a.m. ET and players sent off in threesomes at split tees.

Ditto for fellow athletes - and champions in their own right - Tom Brady, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Abby Wambach and Serena Williams, several of whom became emotional when Woods sealed the deal.

"I've done a couple of things that I wish I had done differently now but I'll learn from my mistakes".

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