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Tiger Woods claims first US Masters since 2008 in major comeback


Tiger Woods completed one of sport's great all-time comebacks to end an 11-year major title drought at the Masters on Sunday by claiming a fifth Green Jacket.

Tiger Woods has captured his 15th major championship and fifth Masters title with a one-shot victory at Augusta National.

Starting the final round two shots behind the lead, Woods bogeyed the last but a two-under-par 70 gave him a 13-under-par (275) total on Sunday, with Dustin Johnson (68), Xander Schauffele (68) and Brooks Koepka (70) tied second one shot behind.

Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday April14 2019 (AAP)
Tiger Woods celebrates

Australia's Jason Day (67) was tied fifth at 11 under alongside 54-hole leader Francesco Molinari, Webb Simpson (70) and Tony Finau (72).

After a day of deafening roars, Woods was overcome with emotion given his daughter, Sam, and son, Charlie, were standing beside the 18th green.

Sam was 12 months old when Woods won his last major, at the 2008 US Open, while Charlie was born a year later after his Torrey Pines triumph.

"I'm a little hoarse from yelling," a tearful Woods said before the green jacket presentation in the Butler Cabin.

"To have my kids there, it's come full circle; my dad was here (when I won) in 1997 and now I'm the dad with two kids here.

"It's overwhelming because what has transpired ... I'm at a loss for words really."

Former world No.1 Woods has moved to within three of Jack Nicklaus' all-time record 18 victories and one behind Sam Snead's record 82 US PGA Tour wins.

"A big 'well done' from me to TigerWoods! I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!" 79-year-old Nicklaus posted on Twitter.

Although it is the first major Woods has won starting a final round behind the lead, he showed his once-dominant self when he took the outright lead with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th and never looked back.

He stiffed his tee-shot at the par-3 16th to tap-in range for a birdie, before a regulation par on 17 allowed Woods to bogey the 72nd - and he used all five strokes on that hole.

Woods, 43, became the oldest champion at Augusta since Nicklaus captured his sixth and final Masters aged 46 in 1986.

Woods will move to No.6 in the world rankings - less than two years after he was ranked 1,199 and contemplated retiring from golf due to ongoing back injuries.

Adam Scott hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club (AAP)
Adam Scott at the The Masters golf tournament

Meanwhile, Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, (73, six under), Marc Leishman (75, one over) and Cameron Smith (77, two over) rounded out the Australian contingent.

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