Tiger tames Masters for fifth time

Tiger Woods notched three birdies down the stretch and claimed his first Masters championship since 2005 on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

Woods shot 2-under-par 70 to finish at 13 under, a one-shot victory for his fifth green jacket.

Woods had a bogey on the last hole, but his short putt for the victory was followed by a small fist pump before thrusting his arms in the air.

He won its 15th major, the second-most all-time behind Jack Nicklaus’18. Woods had been without a major title since the 2008 U.S. Open.

The 43-year-old Woods is the oldest Masters champ since Nicklaus won at age 46 in 1986.

Woods was two shots behind Italy’s Francesco Molinari when the final round began.

Xander Schauffele (68), Dustin Johnson (68) and Brooks Koepka (70) shared second place at 12 under.

Molinari (74), Webb Simpson (70), Australia’s Jason Day (67) and Tony Finau (72), who was tied with Woods at the start of the round, tied for fifth at 11 under.

Woods had birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 16 — the latter after putting his tee shot on the par-3 layout just a few feet from the pin.

Despite back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes, Woods recovered with birdies on Nos. 7 and 8.

Molinari had gone more than 2 1/2 rounds without a bogey until he posted a 5 on No. 7. It was only his second bogey of the tournament.

At about the time Woods was recovering from a wayward tee shot on No. 11 to save par, Koepka took a double-bogey on the 12th hole to fall from a share of second place to eighth.

Then Molinari’s tee shot on No. 12 went into the Rae’s Creek, resulting in a double-bogey and he was out of the lead for the first time all day. A double-bogey on No. 15 doomed him.

There was a five-way tie for the leader at 12 under before Woods drained a birdie putt on No. 15 for his first solo lead of the tournament.

It already was an unprecedented day for this storied tournament. Because of stormy weather approaching, a decision was made Saturday for Sunday’s round to be played in threesomes and for golfers to start on the first and 10th holes.

That meant all the golfers began their rounds by 9:30 a.m. rather than mid-afternoon tee times for the leaders.

Patrick Cantlay continued his torrid weekend play. After Saturday’s 64 catapulted him into contention, he was 4-under in the final round through 11 holes and in a share of the lead briefly after an eagle on No. 15. He had bogeys on the next two holes and ended up with 68 — and 10 under for the tournament.

Bryson DeChambeau, who was a first-round co-leader but had since fallen off the pace, had a Sunday highlight with his first hole-in-one as a professional. Starting on the backside, he aced the par-3 16th hole. DeChambeau (70) finished tied for 29th at 4 under.

Defending champion Patrick Reed had his best round of this year’s tournament with a 69, but he ended up tied for 36th at 2 under.


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