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By Janelle Griffith and Associated Press

Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters title on Sunday, marking his first major victory since the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods shot 13 under par through the tournament.

His victory comes after four back surgeries that left him wondering in recent years if he could ever play again. Woods, 43, became the second-oldest winner of the Masters at Augusta National, after Jack Nicklaus who won at 46 in 1986.

Nicklaus, who has won the most majors, said Woods’ win was “fantastic.”

“A big ‘well done’ from me to @TigerWoods!” he wrote on Twitter. “I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!!!”

Woods entered the final round tied for second with Tony Finau, two strokes behind Francesco Molinari.

He finished the tournament with his signature fist pump and hugged his 10-year-old son, Charlie, mother, Kutilda, and 11-year-old daughter, Sam.

Among those watching avidly, President Donald Trump who tweeted during the tournament, saying Woods “is looking GREAT!” and then congratulating him as “a truly Great Champion!”

Former President Barack Obama also recognized Woods on Twitter, writing: “Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.”

Following his win, Nike, which has sponsored the golfer since the start of his career, tweeted: “Never stop chasing your crazy dream. #justdoit @TigerWoods” and released a commercial starring Woods. Nike signed Woods in 1996.

source: nbcnews.com


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