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Francesco Molinari waves after his bunker shot to the 18th green on his way to saving par and finishing at 13 under for the tourney at the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National on Saturday

Francesco Molinari waves after his bunker shot to the 18th green on his way to saving par and finishing at 13 under for the tourney at the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National on Saturday

Tiger Woods, who battled back from multiple surgeries and a personal scandal, completed a remarkable comeback to capture his fifth win in the Masters tournament Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

The win capped a stunning professional comeback for Woods, who has faced crippling back and leg injuries that led to multiple surgeries and almost ended his professional golf career. "My dad was here in 97 (when he won his first Masters) and now I'm the dad with two kids there".

The victory also brought Woods closer to tying Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships. Woods' win at Augusta National was his 15th career major title and first since 2008.

It was the fifth Masters title for Woods, his first since 2005, and it moved him three shy of the all-time record 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus.

"I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple years ago", said Woods.

Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham is using the Masters as motivation for the upcoming season. Woods' name was removed from the game after the 2014 edition.

Woods' combined score of 205 through three rounds at Augusta ties that same score he shot in 2002 and 205 - both Tiger wins.

An all-American trio of three-time major victor Brooks Koepka, world number two Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele shared second on 276. He won the U.S. Open in 2017 as well. "I could barely walk".

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"Luckily I had the procedure on my back, which gave me a chance at having a normal life". "I was really hoping it would go in".

"It was probably a 9-iron yardage but I didn't want the wind to gust and to get the ball too much and I just didn't hit it hard enough", Molinari explained.

Woods began the day two shots behind Italy's Francesco Molinari, and rode the roller coaster of a gripping final round to first share the lead after the Italian found the water in front of the short 12th.

Woods served notice he had returned to form by contending last year at the British Open and PGA before snapping a five-year title drought by capturing the Tour Championship.

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.

Molinari was far from the only contender to meet their demise at the 12th.

"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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