Dressed in his famous final day red, Tiger Woods clinched his first major title in 11 years as he won the 2019 Masters with a stunning show at Augusta.
Tied for second behind Italian Francesco Molinari going into the last round, Woods held off the challenge of some of the games finest in Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele and Dustin Johnson to clinch his 15th major and complete one of sports most incredible comebacks.
Woods dropped two shots in a row on the front nine but steadied himself with three birdies as the pack began to chase behind him and Molinari.
With three holes to play, Woods birdied the par five 15th to move onto thirteen under par and gain the outright lead ahead of the chasing pack.
As Johnson finished on twelve under par and Molinari’s challenge fell apart a la Jordan Spieth at Augusta in 2016, Woods clinched another birdie on the 16th to go two shots clear.
Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka, two of the sport’s finest young stars both continued to challenge but Woods rolled back the years to hold off all challengers to his throne.
The now 15-time major champion went from strength to strength and a par on 17 solidified him as the 2019 Masters champion elect.
Woods had not won a major championship since the US Open in 2008 and has struggled for years, undergoing numerous back surgeries as he looked to battle back to once again become the dominant force that he had been before.
The 43-year old bogeyed the 18th to finish on thirteen under par one shot ahead of Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele in second place.
Italian Molinari had a two-shot lead going into the final day as he looked to add the Masters to his 2018 Open Championship victory last year.
He had been in control for so much of the tournament but began to falter after a double bogey five on the 12th hole. He then found the water again on the 15th, shooting a seven and another double bogey.
After a difficult opening three rounds, Rory McIlroy finished on five under par to add some shine to a tournament he was the favourite to win going into Thursday.
He shot a four under par 68 to finish inside the top 25.