2019 Masters – how the drama unfolded at Augusta
Live updates from a dramatic final round at Augusta National.
Sergio Garcia, the 2017 Masters victor, commended Woods’ return and said his latest triumph could make things “interesting” in the hunt to match Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major championships.
Englishman Ian Poulter, one of a number to put their shot in the water on hole 12, rued “very costly” mistakes on his way to eight under par but congratulated Woods on his “incredible” comeback.
“What he has done for the game of golf can’t be quantified,” Poulter wrote on Instagram. “We all owe a lot to him for that.”
Fellow American Dustin Johnson, who finished tied in second on 12 under par, praised Woods’ “great playing” and congratulated him on earning his fifth green jacket.
English golfer Lee Westwood showed his appreciation for Woods’ achievement on Twitter, while former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen showed a keen interest in the American’s wardrobe choice.
Well done TW. @TigerWoods 👍🏻👏🏻— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) April 14, 2019
Tiger has just WON The Masters WITHOUT a collared golf shirt. #JustSaying— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) April 14, 2019
Bill Clinton joined his fellow US presidents in congratulating Woods on his triumph.
Never give up.— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) April 14, 2019
Congratulations, Tiger. https://t.co/W2DtHF0XxU
Playing partner Tony Finau spoke of his ‘incredible’ Masters week.
While it wasn't the round I had hoped it would be, it is one that I'll never forget. This @TheMasters week has been incredible, thank you for all of the support this week. Congratulations, @TigerWoods! #TheMasters pic.twitter.com/FdZmvHI5jl— Tony Finau Golf (@tonyfinaugolf) April 14, 2019
And great rival Phil Mickelson sent a message of support on Twitter.
What a great moment for the game of golf. I’m so impressed by @TigerWoods' incredible performance, and I'm so happy for him to capture another Green Jacket. Truly a special day that will go down in history. Congratulations, Tiger! #rematch 😎— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) April 14, 2019
Ryder Cup team-mates Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson were delighted to see Tiger back in the winner’s circle.
I think I speak for a lot of the golf world when I say... We’re happy for you TW! @TigerWoods what a victory 🙌🏽— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) April 14, 2019
United States presidents past and present have congratulated Woods on his victory.
Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 14, 2019
Congratulations to @TigerWoods., a truly Great Champion!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019
Title number 81.
🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 14, 2019
🏆@TigerWoods now has 81 PGA TOUR wins.
He's one shy of Sam Snead's all-time record.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/lAT9SCAh2C
The 83rd Masters champion.
The 43-year-old, who became the oldest winner of the tournament since Nicklaus in 1986, believes the victory is ranked among one of the greatest of his 15 major titles.
He said: “It’s up there with one of the hardest I’ve ever had to win. Just because of what has transpired in the last couple of years.
“I came close last year and the chances at the last two major championships and applied what I learned at them two and managed to seal the deal today.”
Woods embraced his son Charlie, daughter Sam and mother Kultida behind the 18th green as he claimed his first Masters title in 14 years.
Woods said of his celebrations: “Now my little boy Charlie, that embrace is just special. Sam lost a State soccer tournament yesterday so I convinced her to come up and watch the Masters and luckily I was able to win.
“It is unreal for me. My mum was here, she was there in ’97 as well. I couldn’t be more happy and excited. I’m lost for words really.”
Woods added: “It’s overwhelming. Just because of what has transpired. Last year, I was just lucky to be playing again.
“The previous champions’ dinner I was really struggling and missed a couple of years of not playing this great tournament and now to be champion, I think… 22 years between wins is a long time.
“I was as patient as I’ve ever been in a number of years out there. The last three days, the way I was plotting my way around the golf course. Kept control of my emotions, my shots, my shot placement and it all flipped at 12.
“We were a couple behind, Francesco (Molinari) made a mistake and then Brooksy (Koepka) makes a mistake and then eagles 13 and all these different scenarios start flying around.
“Patrick (Cantlay) then made a run. It was just an amazing buzz out there to try and work out what’s going out, meanwhile still trying to stay present and focus what I am trying to do out there. I kinda liked it.”
Woods explained how he tried to approach the final round and what it meant to have his family there.
He told Sky Sports Golf: “I was just trying to plod my way around the course. All day, just plod my way around and all of a sudden I had the lead. Coming up 18, it was just about trying to make a five.
“But when I tapped the putt in, I don’t know what I did. But I know I screamed. I was just looking for Joey (LaCava – Woods’ caddie) somewhere, shook the guys’ hands then found Joey.
“To have my kids there, it’s come full circle. My dad was here in ’97 and now, I’m a dad with two kids there.”
More reaction from professionals, including Matt Fitzpatrick who finished tied for 21st in Georgia.
Of course he can!!!! pic.twitter.com/sjrWa5TyFy— Adrien Saddier (@Saddier_Adrien) April 14, 2019
Wow!! No words to describe watching that on the TV. Just an amazing comeback from Tiger!! 🐅— Matt Fitzpatrick (@MattFitz94) April 14, 2019
Tiger Woods will move up to sixth in the world golf rankings after his victory at Augusta.
Congrats Tiger! What a performance..— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 14, 2019
Golf great Jack Nicklaus congratulates Woods after his dramatic win at Augusta.
The reaction from his fellow professionals says it all…
Historical day in golf. A few years ago I didn’t think this would happen. Never doubt greatness 🐐 Congrats @TigerWoods - Masters Champion again.— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) April 14, 2019
What have we just watched!!!! PHENOMENAL TIGER.— Tony Johnstone (@TonyJohnstone56) April 14, 2019
TIGER 🙌— Richie Ramsay (@RamsayGolf) April 14, 2019
Tiger Woods for President— Emiliano Grillo (@GrilloEmiliano) April 14, 2019
TIGER WOODS WINS THE 2019 MASTERS
Eleven years since his last major championship and 14 years since his fourth Masters title, Woods has two putts for victory.
Just got a ‘Tornado Warning’ sign come up in my car. And Tiger is about to win The Masters. I can’t tell you how pumped I am for everything.— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) April 14, 2019
Koepka misses his birdie putt at the last. Tiger only needs to bogey the final hole to claim his fifth Masters title and 15th major championship of his career.
No other words needed.
Woods plants his approach in the middle of the 17th green and two putts for par and heads down the final hole with a two-shot advantage.
Even the president of the United States is enjoying the action at Augusta.
Great Masters going on right now. @TigerWoods is leading with 2 holes left to play. Very exciting, tune in!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019
When one GOAT recognises another…
Clutch 🐅— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 14, 2019
Woods holes out the short birdie putt to lead by two shots with two holes remaining.
Here was his tee-shot if you missed it. Simply superb.
Vintage Tiger at the par-three 16th. Look at these reactions from his fellow professionals…
Vintage Tiger 🐯— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) April 14, 2019
CLUTCH!!!!!!! Knew it half way over the water 🐯🐯🐯🐯🐯🐯🐯🐯🐯🐯🐯— Richie Ramsay (@RamsayGolf) April 14, 2019
Tiger Tiger Woods y’all! 💪— Oliver Wilson (@Oliver_Wilson) April 14, 2019
Tiger leads at the Masters! A lengthy eagle putt pulls up short and a tap-in birdie is enough to move to 13 under. Can he do it?
Oh no Frankie! Molinari has all-but ended his title charge as he dumped his approach to the 15th in the water. And from the drop-zone, the Italian’s effort clings onto the slope which looked destined for the wet stuff once again.
Oh Frankie!!!!! 😢— Tony Johnstone (@TonyJohnstone56) April 14, 2019
Johnson makes it a four-way tie at the top with his fourth birdie in five holes as he heads down the last. Koepka then narrowly misses out on the outright lead at the 15th as his eagle putt just brushes past the cup, but birdie is enough to get to 12 under.
Woods and Molinari push their birdie putts right for the outright lead. They remain at the 12 under with four to play, alongside Schauffele who is at the 16th.
Jason Day finishes his final round with a birdie to set the clubhouse target at 11 under following his five-under-par 67. Dustin Johnson joins him at the mark following his third gain from his last four holes. The world number two has two hole remaining.
Cantlay bogeys the 16th to drop one behind Schauffele. But he is not alone at the top for long as Woods and Molinari birdie the 13th for a three-way tie at 12 under par.
Hovland even earned praise from 2018 European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn after his success.
Congratulations to Viktor Hovland for finishing low amateur.— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) April 14, 2019
One for the future and Norway might just have that player they have been hoping for.
Viktor Hovland was also confirmed as the low amateur of the 2019 Masters.
What a performance from amateur Viktor Hovland!— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) April 14, 2019
He's the low amateur at 3 under par and wins The Silver Cup 🏆 pic.twitter.com/jdiWtTRbCP
In the midst of the drama at Amen Corner, Justin Thomas recorded the second ace of the day at the 16th. Here is his effort.
Schauffele keeps plugging away and cards his seventh gain of the day to move alongside Cantlay as joint-leader. Even current players can’t keep up now!
Another twist at Augusta. Cantlay holes out a lengthy eagle putt at the 15th to take the outright lead! And Koepka responds to his double bogey at the 12th with an eagle of his own at the next. He is back to 11 under.
Masters Sunday at its best. Molinari, who carded a double bogey at the 12th, and Woods are at the top of the leaderboard on 11 under and they have been joined by Schauffele after rolling in his sixth birdie of the day. Day, Watson, Rahm and Cantlay are just one behind.
Rae’s Creek has had some high-profile visitors today…
Victims of Rae's Creek:— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) April 14, 2019
The curse of the 12th hole strikes again... pic.twitter.com/xxmjDK8Vc7
These players certainly think so.
.... is it happening??? 🐅— Adrien Saddier (@Saddier_Adrien) April 14, 2019
I’m getting nervous just watching this. Things just got very interesting. May need to pour me a cocktail.— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) April 14, 2019
Oh dear. Molinari and Finau find the water at the par-three 12th. Woods went safe with his tee-shot and landed at the heart of the green. Advantage Woods?
Another par for Molinari at the 12th keeps him at 13 under. Woods is two shots adrift to remain the closest challenger, but there is a congested field at 10 under after an eagle and birdie from Bubba Watson and Jason Day respectively at the 15th, joins Schauffele, Cantlay and Finau.
Could that end Koepka’s challenge? The three-time major champion has put his tee-shot into the water at the par-three 12th. And Poulter follows suit moments later! Incredible scenes.
Can Molinari move clear? Will Tiger and co. close the gap? The final group have arrived at Amen Corner.
Advantage Molinari. Woods and Finau card bogeys at the 10th and the Italian coolly rolls in a par from six feet to extend his lead to two strokes with eight to play.
Cricket great Shane Warne asks the question on everyone’s lips at the moment.
Here we go - the #masters starts now ! Back 9 on Sunday, bring it on. Who’s winning followers ?— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) April 14, 2019
Xander Schauffele reaches double figures with a tremendous putt at the 11th.
Onto the back nine they go. Molinari leads by one shot with nine to play.
Woods clings onto a magnificent par at the ninth as his birdie putt from around 70 feet pulls up to within inches of the cup. Finau holes out a tricky par putt to turn in for 36, with Molinari rolling in from 12 feet to maintain his one-shot lead at the halfway mark.
A fifth birdie for Patrick Cantlay at the 11th hole has seen the American move into contention. He joins Poulter at 10 under par.
Molinari and Woods make birdies at the eighth as the American moves into sole second place at 12 under par. The Italian’s calmness is amplified by Hunter Mahan’s tweet here.
Molinari... pic.twitter.com/BWYP99mfJf— Hunter Mahan (@HunterMahan) April 14, 2019
Molinari’s bogey-free streak was the second longest in Masters history. Just incredible.
And just as Woods cuts the gap to one shot, Koepka joins him at 11 under with a gain at the eighth.
Big momentum swing at the seventh. Molinari cards his first bogey at Augusta since the 11th hole in the first round to drop to 12 under before Woods rolls in a birdie moments later to get to 11 under. Game on!
Poulter has put himself into contention with birdies at the sixth and seventh to join Woods, Finau and Koepka at 10 under. Can the Englishman continue his surge and reel in Molinari?
Molinari keeps his cool to scramble par once again at the sixth to maintain his three-shot advantage. And his 2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn was particularly impressed with the Italian’s recovery up-and-down.
That was some up and down for Frankie....— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) April 14, 2019
What are bogeys!!!!
Just one bogey from 59 holes at Augusta for Molinari this week so far. Nerves of steel.
18 from 18 in scrambling this week.— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) April 14, 2019
Now leading by three 😃 pic.twitter.com/3MgEBPZQsO
Back-to-back bogeys for Woods, who drops back to 10 under alongside Koepka. Molinari scrambles for his fifth successive par and the Italian’s lead improves to three shots after Finau cards a bogey.
Looks like Molinari has a fan from the world of NFL.
How do you catch Molinari when he doesn’t make a mistake?— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 14, 2019
Molinari somehow manages to end up just short of the fifth green after a wayward tee-shot. Spain’s Jon Rahm has had a rollercoaster final round where he has carded two birdies, three pars, two bogeys through seven, but an eagle at the eighth moves him to eight under.
Woods gives the shot back at the fourth to return to 11 under, with Molinari and Finau recording their fourth successive par.
Tiger gets a huge roar from the crowd as he rolls in a birdie at the third to close the gap to one. Woods has never won a major title when trailing after the third round. Could today be the day?
Molinari pushes a six-foot putt for birdie at the second which could have extended his lead to three shots after Woods and Finau can only card pars. Could that be a big chance missed? The Italian is level-par through three.
Will there be more drama to add to this montage of Masters history in the year ending in nine?
Three-time champion Phil Mickelson has improved to seven under after a stunning approach for birdie, which was so nearly an eagle-two at the fifth hole.
Masters Sundays wouldn’t be Masters Sundays without Phil. pic.twitter.com/NGuM9oQ9RF— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) April 14, 2019
Woods is in trouble off the second tee and is over 200 yards from the green with his third at the par five hole. Koepka registers a birdie just ahead and to move alongside the 14-time major champion and Finau at 11 under for the tournament.
Consistent start from Molinari, Woods and Finau, who all par the opening hole. McIlroy and Kevin Kisner are among the best scorers so far with both players playing at three under through seven holes so far.
Spieth cards his first bogey at the fifth to drop to six under. Xander Schauffele opens his final round with a birdie-birdie start to move alongside Koepka at 10 under.
Who wants to see Tiger striping his opening tee-shot of the final round down the fairway? OK, here you go.
The final group have hit their tee-shots at the first hole. Can Molinari claim his maiden Master title? Will Tiger roll back the years and roar to a 15th major crown? Can Finau come out on top? We will find out in the next five hours!
Watch DeChambeau’s hole-in-one here.
Bryson DeChambeau may not have had the best of weeks at Augusta, but the world number six has just aced the 16th! He moves to four under.
Could Spieth go close again?
Last year @JordanSpieth started 9 back and nearly won it with a 64. This year he started 9 back and is -3 through 4 holes 🤔— Phil Casey (@pcaseysafc) April 14, 2019
Three birdies in four for Spieth gets him to seven under. At the first, Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Webb Simpson start their final rounds – the penultimate group to head out.
McIlroy made the most of his huge drive at the 13th to card an eagle and move to three under. Justin Thomas is inches from a holing out a huge eagle of his own at the second hole, while Rickie Fowler birdies the opening hole to improve to eight under.
Are you ready? Hopefully this video can inspire you.
Just under 30 minutes under Molinari, Woods and Finau start their final rounds. Take a look at some of the challenging hole locations on Masters Sunday.
Can Spieth make a serious charge? A birdie-birdie start sees the 25-year-old move to six under par but it would need some effort.
Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy is out on course and, after three opening pars starting from the 10th, has cracked his drive down the fairway at the 13th tee.
The outsiders have started their rounds and 2015 champion Jordan Spieth has made a fast start with a birdie at the first, to move to five under overall.
Graeme McDowell, who won the 2010 U.S. Open, is wary of Woods ahead of the final round. Just under an hour until the top three tee off.
Scary to think that Tiger has never won a Major trailing going into the final round. Is today the day? I feel like he hasn’t played his best tee to green this week and riding a hot putter. If he brought a long game today, he could go low. Someone will.— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) April 14, 2019
European Tour golfer Bernd Wiesberger believes Finau can haul in Molinari and hold off Tiger. The Austrian has also been hit hard by Instagram crashing.
The early starters have begun their final rounds in Augusta. Groups have increased to three players and start simultaneously at the first and 10th tees due to the threat of thunderstorms later this evening at Augusta.
The Masters organisers will be hoping there is no need for a play-off today…
Molinari leads Woods and Finau by two shots at 13 under par and the trio will start their final round at 2.20pm BST.
The final round has just got under way at Augusta National as Italian Francesco Molinari looks to hold off the challenge of 14-time major champion Tiger Woods and Tony Finau.