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Tiger Woods 2019 Masters Champion (& 5 Major Takeaways)

He's done it!!  In what played out as one of the greatest scenes in sporting history, 3,954 days since his last major triumph, Tiger Woods rolled back the years to capture a glorious fifth Green Jacket and the entire golfing world rejoiced.... while here at Hole19 HQ we completely lost it!!

Without a major win since 2008, and a Masters victory since 2005, many doubted Tiger's credentials when it came to big tournaments and, although Tour Championship success last year managed to convince some, many others would have only ever believed a 15th major was possible when seeing it with their own eyes.  That day has now come.

Check out our five major takeaways from Masters Sunday below...

Greatest Ever Sporting Comeback?

The final round ebbed and flowed, but it was Tiger who seemed to get stronger as the day wore on and with Brooks Koepka failing to convert a birdie attempt on his final hole, he headed to the 18th tee with a two-shot cushion.  Given the level of his play, to that point, there seemed a degree of inevitability surrounding Tiger's crowning as 2019 Masters champion.

Rapturous applause greeted the now 15-time major winner as he approached the bursting galleries around the 18th green and despite missing his putt for par, a tap-in bogey sent the golfing world into a spin.

Even former POTUS Barack Obama got caught up in it all...

Undoubtedly a return to glory, but was it the greatest sporting comeback of all-time?

Tiger himself has previously stated that he believes Ben Hogan's comeback was the best of all after the 9-time major champion won the 1950 U.S. Open 16 months after being involved in a near-fatal car crash.

We'll let you decide which was most significant, but it's undoubtedly the case that both men are golfing legends of their time.

Now only one Masters win away from the great Jack Nicklaus' haul of six, Tiger will also look to former winning tracks in Pebble Beach and Bethpage Black later this year - as well as Royal Portrush in July - to further eat into the three-major deficit between himself and the Golden Bear.

Catch the winner's interview in the Butler Cabin...

Too Little, Too Late For Rory

A final round 68 was as good as it got for a career-grand-slam-chasing Rory McIlroy.  Three rounds in the 70s ended the Northern Irishman's quest for a Green Jacket, and Sunday's 18 holes were played in a somewhat more relaxed, carefree manner.

From next year the pressure may subside a little for Rory as he will share the pre-tournament spotlight with a rejuvenated Tiger Woods looking to match the great Jack Nicklaus' record of six Masters victories.

He was delighted to see Tiger seal the deal and take the win...

Molinari's Back Nine Wobbles

When Frankie's final round began, he seemed assured, confident and not at all fazed by his position in leading the 83rd Masters Championship.  This all changed on the back nine as double bogeys on both the 12th and 15th holes put paid to any hopes the Italian had of following up last year's stunning Open Championship win with a first Green Jacket.

Reed's Defence Falters

While Patrick Reed was imperious last year in capturing his first major championship at Augusta National, his play in 2019 was far less impressive.

Three rounds in the 70s led to a Masters Sunday with little to play for and a final round 69 would see Reed settle for a T-36 position.  With all that said he was the guy who was in the privileged position of presenting Tiger with his first Green Jacket since 2005 - a memory that will surely live long.

The pride on the face of both men said it all...

Aces Wild

Further adding to the excitement during a breathless Masters Sunday both 2016 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and rising star Bryson DeChambeau managed a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole.

JT's Ace

Bryson's Ace

Congratulations to Tiger Woods on becoming the 83rd Masters champion from all at Hole19 HQ. Let us know your thoughts below.

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