AUGUSTA (AFP) - Tiger Woods finished an epic comeback from profession-threatening injury and scandal via winning the 83rd Masters on Sunday, capturing his fifteenth essential identify with an remarkable again-9 rally.

finishing an eleven-yr main drought, the forty three-year-vintage American celeb -- who underwent spinal fusion surgical procedure in 2017 because of persistent returned ache -- seized his first most important title because the 2008 US Open.

"It s overwhelming just because of what has transpired," Woods said.

. "I should slightly walk. Couldn t sleep. Couldn t walk. Couldn t do anything.

"To have the opportunity to come back back, it s one of the most important wins I ve ever had for positive."

prevailing a 5th Masters identify, and his first for the reason that 2005, cemented a fairytale comeback to the top of golfing for Woods, whose career imploded after a 2009 sex scandal and nagging knee and back injuries that required a total of 7 surgical procedures.

"It s overwhelming simply because of what has transpired," wood said. "i was simply fortunate to be gambling again."

With enthusiasts chanting his name, an emotional Woods walked off the 18th green and hugged his mother Kultida, daughter Sam and son Charlie just as he had embraced his overdue father Earl there after his first major victory at the 1997 Masters.

"It has come full circle," Woods stated. "This event has meant a lot to me and to have every person here manner so much to me and my circle of relatives.

"Now to be the champion -- 22 years between wins is a long term -- it s unreal for me to revel in this. I just couldn t be greater satisfied, greater excited. I m simply kind of perplexed."

Racing to complete earlier than an oncoming thunderstorm, players created their personal electric powered surroundings, spectators roaring time and again for sensational shotmaking on considered one of golf s iconic tiers.

Woods fired a very last-spherical two-under par 70 to finish on thirteen-beneath 275 for a one-shot victory to seize a $2.07 million (1.82 million euros) pinnacle prize and the inexperienced jacket symbolizing Masters supremacy.

An all-American trio of three-time predominant winner Brooks Koepka, global variety Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele shared second on 276.

It turned into the fifth Masters name for Woods, his first given that 2005, and it moved him 3 shy of the all time document 18 majors gained by Jack Nicklaus.

"A big nicely accomplished from me to Tiger," Nicklaus tweeted. "I m so satisfied for him and for the game of golfing this is so first rate."

Woods has won majors at Bethpage and Pebble seaside, wherein next month s PGA Championship and June s US Open can be played, but he s not chasing Nicklaus.

"I m sure i can possibly think about it going down the road. Proper now it s a touch quickly. I m just enjoying 15," Woods said.

"I don t understand if he s worried or now not. I m positive he s home in West Palm (seaside, Florida) simply chilling and looking."

The triumph turned into the first primary victory for Woods while he did no longer lead after fifty four holes, having started out the day two adrift of reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari.

Woods served word he had again to shape by contending last yr at the British Open and PGA before snapping a 5-12 months name drought with the aid of capturing the excursion Championship.

"It s the first-class I ve felt with a driver in years," Woods said. "I felt in control of my lengthy sport and it without a doubt paid off."

Woods grabbed the lone lead on a jam-packed leaderboard with a faucet-in birdie at the par-five 15th, a 4-foot birdie putt following on the par-three sixteenth to double the advantage, allowing him to bogey the ultimate and still win.

"i was as affected person as I ve been in a number of years obtainable," Woods said. "i used to be controlling my shot placement, mainly on account that board. It became a who s who.

"these kind of different eventualities preserve flying around. It became an first rate buzz to comply with what became going on and yet still consciousness on what i was looking to do available. I favored it."

Woods parred 17 and walked as much as the 18th inexperienced to crowds 20-humans deep applauding with pleasure, however he stored a stoic visage till the task become complete, a tap-in for bogey followed with the aid of a fist pump and a scream of pleasure in party of one of the best comebacks in carrying history.

"You couldn t have had greater drama than all of us had available," Woods stated. "Now I understand why I m balding. These things is hard."

Woods, one shy of matching Nicklaus for the maximum profession Masters wins, won his 81st career US PGA victory, leaving him one win quick of the all-time file held by means of Sam Snead.

He have become the second-oldest Masters winner, trailing most effective Nicklaus at 46 in 1986.

Woods additionally set a report for the longest hole between Masters triumphs, the 14-12 months unfold three hundred and sixty five days longer than the vintage mark set by way of South African Gary participant from 1961 to 1974.

Augusta country wide moved the very last round to Sunday morning due to predicted afternoon storms.