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Performance of the weekend: Tiger Woods’ Masters win thrills and reignites Jack Nicklaus chase

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The triumph came 10 years after Woods won his last major title at the 2008 US Open

Tiger Woods ended an incredible 3,954 day wait to win his 15th major title as he claimed the 2019 Masters at Augusta with a one-shot finish.

The American sealed victory on Sunday with three birdies in four holes from the 13th and sealing victory with a comfortable one-foot tap-in for bogey after a number of errors from leader Francesco Molinari.

Woods roars with delight after his win

Woods roars with delight after his win

A visibly emotional Woods, roared on the 18th green as he celebrated his success with his two children Charlie and Sam, in scenes reminiscent of his first major win back in 1997, when he and his father Earl Woods, embraced, while his caddie, Joe LaCava and mother Kultida were also there to congratulate him.

The 43-year-old has defied the odds and the critics to claim a fifth Green Jacket and his first win at Augusta since 2005 in what has been hailed as the greatest comeback in sport.

Woods problems away from the golf course have been well documented, including the death of his father in 2006, breakdown of his marriage following an admission of infidelity in 2009, numerous injuries, including four back surgeries and being arrested in 2017 for driving under the influence.

All this meant he played just 24 tournament starts in four years from 2014 and even fell to 1,199 in the world rankings and Woods admitted he was ‘overwhelmed’ by what has happened.

Woods poses with the Masters Trophy at the Green jacket presentation

Woods poses with the Masters Trophy at the Green jacket presentation

“To come back here and play as well as I did has meant so much to me and my family – this tournament, and to have everyone here is something I’ll never forget,” Woods said.

“It’s overwhelming because of what has transpired. Last year I was just lucky to be playing again, the previous dinner I was really struggling, missed a couple of years of this great tournament and to now be the champion… it’s unreal for me to experience this.

“I couldn’t be more happy and excited, I’m kind of at a loss for words. To have my kids there, it’s come full circle. My dad was here in ’97 and now I’m the dad with two kids there.”

A number of famous faces from the world of sport and beyond, including Serena Williams, Gareth Bale and Barack Obama all congratulated Woods, while sponsors Nike, released a video featuring the winner at various stages in his career.

Meanwhile, his goal as a three-year-old of usurping Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors is a target now very much back in his sights after claiming his 15th.

As a result of his victory, Tiger Woods is talkSPORT.com‘s Performer of the Weekend.

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