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BREAKING: Tiger wins the Masters

April 15, 2019

Tiger Woods chased down Francesco Molinari and then separated himself from the pack to claim a fifth green jacket.

Woods started the day two shots behind leader Francesco Molinari and tied with Tony Finau.

He had gained a stroke on Molinari by the time they made the turn, and then the now 15-time major winner surpassed him on the back nine.

Woods birdied the back nine par 5s as Molinari floundered. The second birdie – on 15 – gave him sole possession of the lead at 13 under. He closed it out from there, hitting his tee shot within 4 feet on 16 and making birdie to increase his lead to two shots.

Woods last won the Masters in 2005 and it the longest gap between green jackets by a repeat champion. The previous longest was held by Gary Player from 1961 to 1974.

Molinari was comfortably in the lead by two shots until he came to the 12th hole. He put his tee shot into the water and had to take a double bogey to drop to 11-under. Woods played the 12th safely, resting the ball on the wide side of the gree.

The two birdied the 13th hole and were tied with Xander Scahauffele until they reached the 15th. Tiger birdied the hole, while Molinari again found the water on his third shot and double bogeyed again.

At that point, the only one seemingly who would have a shot was Brooks Koepka who was one shot back with three holes to play.

Koepka could only par the 16th and 17th holes while Woods’ tee shot on the 16th landed and rolled to within 3 feet of the pin. He would go on to a two-shot lead and despite a bogey on 18, still had enough to win.