Monday, 15 April 2019
Tiger Woods  (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods (Getty Images)

The Masters Tournament always provides drama and excitement but this year's also produced one of the greatest stories in sporting history as Tiger Woods won his first Major Championship since 2008.

Tiger's fourth-round 70 was enough to claim victory by one shot at Augusta National and earned him a fifth Green Jacket.

His success was one of a number of eye-catching incidents during the week in Georgia. Here's the best of them.

Molinari Magic

For much of the week, Francesco Molinari looked like he would be the man to beat. The 2018 Open Champion was almost flawless, at one stage going 49 holes in succession without dropping a shot. A bogey at the par-four 11th on day one was followed by 13 birdies and 36 pars before a he dropped another at the seventh on Sunday. The Italian immediately responded to that setback with a birdie at the par five next and had a two-shot lead on the back nine. But the Ryder Cup hero found water on the 12th and 15th as he ultimately ended up two shots back in a tie for fifth. It surely won't be long until Molinari is celebrating his second Major Championship victory.

Johnson makes us all feel better

As a two time Major Champion, it's pretty rare that Zach Johnson would make the sort of mistake that amateurs around the world have committed, but that was the case on Friday. While stood on the 13th tee, he hit his ball with the toe of his club while taking a practice swing, sending it clattering into a tee marker and running forward. "I can't think of a time I've done it," he said. "I mean, not on purpose. Maybe I tried to do it. I don't think I could do it again if I even tried." There was no penalty as Johnson did not intend to hit the ball and, probably unlike most of us who have also done similar, he went on to make a birdie.

Woosnam waves goodbye

Ian Woosnam, winner at Augusta in 1991, announced the end of his Masters career after he missed the cut. The 61-year-old suffers from ankylosing spondylitis and had previously retired from playing at Augusta in 2016 before being persuaded to change his mind by his wife Glendryth. “Maybe if they will give me a cart or something like that I’ll come back," he said. "That would be all right. But I don’t think I’ll get that. It’s been a pleasure being here, being a Champion, I look forward to coming for many more years." Woosnam still plans to attend the annual Champions Dinner and play the traditional pre-tournament par-three contest.

Noren makes his mark

Alex Noren may not have had a week to remember, but he certainly produced a memorable shot on Sunday. The Swede finished eight over par for his week but he pulled off a sensational chip in for a birdie from the sand on the 16th. 

Super Silver Cup battle

Two amateurs broke 70 at Augusta this week, but neither of them ended up winning the Silver Cup. Takumi Kanaya, the Japanese Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship winner, recorded a 68 on Saturday but ended up as the fourth highest amateur finisher. Mexican Alvaro Ortiz followed suit in the final round with a 69 to finish the week two under, but it was not enough to deny US Amateur winner Viktor Hovland. The Norwegian's third successive 71 kept him ahead of his rival and earned him Masters glory.

Wonderful Woods

But the last word really has to go to the now 15-time Major Champion. Just two years ago he was telling Jack Nicklaus "I’m done” at the Champions Dinner but after spinal fusion surgery, Tiger has returned to the top of the game. He had hinted at what was to come with a tie for sixth at last year's Open Championship and finishing second at the US PGA Championship, and now talk turns to whether he can catch Nicklaus' record of 18 Major titles. When he does eventually call it a day, the 2019 Masters Tournament will surely be up there as one of his fondest memories.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1WOODS, TigerUSA18-13
T2JOHNSON, DustinUSA18-12
T2KOEPKA, BrooksUSA18-12
T5DAY, JasonAUS18-11

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