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2019 Masters – how the drama unfolded at Augusta

Live updates from a dramatic final round at Augusta National.

Tiger Woods has won the 2019 Masters (David J. Phillips/PA)
Tiger Woods has won the 2019 Masters (David J. Phillips/PA)

  • Tiger Woods has won the 2019 Masters.
  • Woods claimed his fifth Masters title - his first since 2005
  • The 43-year-old becomes the oldest winner of the competition since Jack Nicklaus in 1986.
  • As a result, Woods won his 15th major championship - three behind Nicklaus' record total of 18.
  • Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka finish on 12 under par for a tie for second.
  • Jason Day, Webb Simpson, Francesco Molinari and Tony Finau were one shot further back.
  • Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay and Francesco Molinari were tied-ninth at 10 under.

9.53pm
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.

9.36pm
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.”

9.29pm
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.

9.12pm
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.

8.57pm

8.52pm
Bill Clinton joined his fellow US presidents in congratulating Woods on his triumph.

8.46pm
Playing partner Tony Finau spoke of his ‘incredible’ Masters week.

8.39pm
And great rival Phil Mickelson sent a message of support on Twitter.

8.37pm
Ryder Cup team-mates Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson were delighted to see Tiger back in the winner’s circle.

8.35pm
United States presidents past and present have congratulated Woods on his victory.

8.32pm
Title number 81.

8.30pm
The 83rd Masters champion.

8.28pm
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.”

8.26pm
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.”

8.22pm

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Tiger Woods wears his green jacket holding the winning trophy at the Masters (Matt Slocum/AP)

8.20pm

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.”

8.05pm
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.”

7.58pm

7.57pm

7.56pm
That embrace.

7.53pm
More reaction from professionals, including Matt Fitzpatrick who finished tied for 21st in Georgia.

7.51pm
Tiger Woods will move up to sixth in the world golf rankings after his victory at Augusta.

7.50pm

7.43pm
Golf great Jack Nicklaus congratulates Woods after his dramatic win at Augusta.

7.35pm

7.34pm
The reaction from his fellow professionals says it all…

7.30pm

7.28pm

TIGER WOODS WINS THE 2019 MASTERS

7.24pm
Eleven years since his last major championship and 14 years since his fourth Masters title, Woods has two putts for victory.

7.17pm
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.

7.15pm
No other words needed.

7.09pm
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.

7.06pm
Even the president of the United States is enjoying the action at Augusta.

6.57pm
When one GOAT recognises another…

6.56pm
Woods holes out the short birdie putt to lead by two shots with two holes remaining.

6.54pm
Here was his tee-shot if you missed it. Simply superb.

6.51pm
Vintage Tiger at the par-three 16th. Look at these reactions from his fellow professionals…

6.42pm
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?

6.40pm
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.

6.31pm
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.

6.26pm
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.

6.17pm
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.

6.09pm
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.

6.07pm
Hovland even earned praise from 2018 European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn after his success.

6.06pm
Viktor Hovland was also confirmed as the low amateur of the 2019 Masters.

6.04pm
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.

5.58pm
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!

5.56pm
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.

5.48pm
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.

5.44pm
Rae’s Creek has had some high-profile visitors today…

5.41pm
These players certainly think so.

5.37pm
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?

5.34pm
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.

5.24pm
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.

5.20pm
Can Molinari move clear? Will Tiger and co. close the gap? The final group have arrived at Amen Corner.

5.14pm
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.

5.11pm
Cricket great Shane Warne asks the question on everyone’s lips at the moment.

5.08pm
Xander Schauffele reaches double figures with a tremendous putt at the 11th.

5.04pm
Onto the back nine they go. Molinari leads by one shot with nine to play.

4.57pm
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.

4.48pm
A fifth birdie for Patrick Cantlay at the 11th hole has seen the American move into contention. He joins Poulter at 10 under par.

4.42pm
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.

4.38pm
Molinari’s bogey-free streak was the second longest in Masters history. Just incredible.

4.32pm

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Molinari ended a bogey-free streak of 49 consecutive holes without a bogey before carding one at the seventh (Matt Slocum/AP)

4.25pm
And just as Woods cuts the gap to one shot, Koepka joins him at 11 under with a gain at the eighth.

4.23pm
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!

4.14pm

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Tiger Woods in action at Augusta National (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

4.08pm
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?

4.02pm
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.

3.52pm
Just one bogey from 59 holes at Augusta for Molinari this week so far. Nerves of steel.

3.48pm
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.

3.45pm
Looks like Molinari has a fan from the world of NFL.

3.42pm
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.

3.30pm
Woods gives the shot back at the fourth to return to 11 under, with Molinari and Finau recording their fourth successive par.

3.16pm

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Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson in final round action at Augusta (Chris Carlson/AP)

3.14pm
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?

3.12pm
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.

3.00pm
Will there be more drama to add to this montage of Masters history in the year ending in nine?

2.53pm
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.

2.50pm
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.

2.43pm
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.

2.38pm
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.

2.31pm
Who wants to see Tiger striping his opening tee-shot of the final round down the fairway? OK, here you go.

2.27pm
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!

2.23pm
Watch DeChambeau’s hole-in-one here.

2.21pm
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.

2.14pm
Could Spieth go close again?

2.10pm
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.

2.02pm
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.

2.00pm
Are you ready? Hopefully this video can inspire you.

1.52pm
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.

1.49pm
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.

1.45pm
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.

1.34pm
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.

1.23pm
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.

1.19pm
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.

1.08pm
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.

12.50pm
The Masters organisers will be hoping there is no need for a play-off today…

12.38pm
Molinari leads Woods and Finau by two shots at 13 under par and the trio will start their final round at 2.20pm BST.

12.35pm
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.

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