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The Takeaway

Tiger Woods: 2019 Masters Champion

by Mo Yoshimoto
Updated On: April 16, 2019, 6:05 am ET

83rd Masters Tournament

Augusta, Georgia

 

Playing out of the final threesome and beginning the day T2 and two shots back, four-time past champ and World No. 12 Tiger Woods painted a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in Sunday's final round at Augusta National Golf Club for a 72-hole tally of 13-under 275, good for a one-shot victory over runners-up Dustin Johnson (68), Xander Schauffele (68) and Brooks Koepka (70).

The 43-year-old, a pre-tourney 14/1 outright, bags his 15th major title in 81 major appearances, first since the 2008 U.S. Open 29 major starts ago, and first in come-from-behind fashion.

He claims his fifth green jacket in 22 tries, first since 2005 as the 54-hole leader by three. Woods, who owns a ridiculous and astonishing long list of records, adds another. The span of 14 years between Masters wins is a new record.

The Jupiter, Florida, resident also nabs his 81st PGA TOUR title in 352 events (338 pro), first since the 2018 season-ending TOUR Championship just six starts ago, where he was the 54-hole leader by three.

His two-shot win at East Lake GC, up the road in Atlanta, ended a winless drought of 5 years, 1 month (1,876 days), and completed one of the most improbable comebacks of all-time in any sport.

His win on Sunday was the most. Period.

The California native’s walk from the 18th green to the scoring area, through a sea of patrons the whole way there, was accompanied by an ovation that never seemed to fade in intensity, and is something we may never see again.

The major victory comes nearly 11 years after his last, a one-leg triumph (torn ACL) over Rocco Mediate in 2008 at Torrey Pines (South) in his home state of California, where he won his third U.S. Open on the first hole of sudden-death, following an 18-hole playoff.

Note: Woods only made six starts in all of 2008. He won four of those and finished in the top 5 in all six, including a runner-up here to champion Trevor Immelman. On Sunday, Immelman was the first of Woods’ peers to greet him just prior to entering the scoring area.


Before Sunday, Woods’ last six TOUR wins, dating to the 2012 AT&T National (Congressional CC), were all as a 54-hole leader or co-leader.

Overall, this is his 23rd come-from-behind victory (of 78 stroke-play wins), and bookends his maiden win at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational (a 90-hole event), where he came from four back (T7) with 8-under 64, and won in extra time over now-Hall of Famer Davis Love III.

To re-emphasize, this was Woods’ first time winning a major coming from behind. Three times, he was a 54-hole co-leader, and 11 times, he was the 54-hole leader, including by 10 at the 2000 U.S. Open (Pebble Beach GL), which he won by 15 shots in wire-to-wire fashion.

Woods’ first major came at the 1997 Masters, where he led by nine and won by 12. His sixth major victory and second green jacket came at the 2001 edition, which completed the Tiger Slam, owning all four major championship trophies at the same time (2001 Masters, 2000 PGA, 2000 Open, 2000 U.S. Open).

As the winner of the first major of 2019, he is the only player to have a chance at the Grand Slam this season.

Woods’ first major win came at the 1997 Masters in his seventh major start and first as a professional. He won that as a 21-year-old in a tournament-record 18-under 270, that scoring record later matched by 2015 winner and 21-year-old Jordan Spieth.

Woods' Masters wins now span three decades (2019, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1997). He is also the most recent to win back-to-back green jackets.


Final Leaderboard (pre-tourney odds outright):

1- (-13, 275) Tiger Woods (14/1)

2- (-12, 276) Dustin Johnson (9/1)

2- (-12, 276) Xander Schauffele (35/1); tied career-best major finish

2- (-12, 276) Brooks Koepka (22/1)

5- (-11, 277) Jason Day (28/1)

5- (-11, 277) Webb Simpson (80/1)

5- (-11, 277) Francesco Molinari (25/1)

5- (-11, 277) Tony Finau (50/1); tied career-best major finish

 

Woods’ Position by Round:

R1: T11 (4 back)

R2: T6 (1 back)

R3: T2 (2 back)

Note: For just the second time in the last 15 Masters, the eventual champion was not in the top 10 after Round 1. Woods in 2019, and Woods in 2005 (T33).


By the Numbers:

  • 10/3: Woods’ revised outright betting entering the final round.
  • 74: Molinari’s final-round score (grouped with Woods), which included two second-nine doubles, after being a second-round co-leader and third-round leader by two (70-67-66-74).
  • 2: Molinari (R2/R3): only player with multiple bogey-free rounds with 2.
  • 5: Woods’ finish in his last start at the WGC-Match Play, highlighted by a 2-and-1 win over Rory McIlroy in Saturday morning quarterfinals.
  • 2: Woods’ finish in last season’s FedExCup standings.
  • 1: Reigning FEC champ Justin Rose missed the cut by one (75-73), his first missed cut at the Masters in 14 visits.
  • 12: Best finish by a first-timer was T12 from South Africa’s Justin Harding, who birdied the 72nd hole to get there. Top 12 and ties earn return invites for next year.
  • 5: McIlroy, in his fifth attempt at the career Grand Slam, needed a closing 68 to salvage a T21 (up 18 spots on the day), eight in arrears. He was a pre-tourney 7/1 fave.
  • 1: For the first time in Masters history, the final round was contested with threesomes off split tees.
  • 1: Woods is one green jacket short of Jack Nicklaus’ record 6, and one TOUR victory short of all-time wins leader Sam Snead’s record 82.
  • 4: Four back surgeries: First, prior to the 2014 Masters (DNP); two more in the fall of 2015; Fourth, April 19, 2017, missed 2017 Masters
  • 1: DUI, during the early morning hours of May 29, 2017.
  • 0: Number of starts Woods had during the 2016 season. He had one during the 2017 season.

Quotes after R4:

“I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple years ago. I could barely walk. I couldn't sit. Couldn't lay down. I really couldn't do much of anything. Luckily, I had the procedure on my back, which gave me a chance at having a normal life. But then all of a sudden, I realized I could actually swing a golf club again. I felt if I could somehow piece this together that I still had the hands to do it. The body's not the same as it was a long time ago, but I still have good hands.”

“Yeah, just unreal, to be honest with you. You know, just the whole tournament has meant so much to me over the years. Coming here in '95 for the first time, and being able to play as an amateur; winning in '97, and then come full circle, 22 years later, to be able to do it again, and just the way it all transpired today.”


Rounding out the Top-12 finishers and ties:

(T9): Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Rickie Fowler

(T12): Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Justin Harding, Ian Poulter

Note: One of these are not like the other. Harding, a non-TOUR-member, was making his Masters debut and just his third start in a major championship. He missed the cuts at the 2013 Open (Muirfield) and the 2018 PGA at Bellerive in St. Louis.


Repeat Top-10 finishers from last year:

Dustin Johnson (2-10); Tony Finau (5-10); Jon Rahm (9-4); Rickie Fowler (9-2)


Consecutive Top 10s in majors:

3: Tiger Woods (1-2-6); Francesco Molinari (5-6-1)

2: Brooks Koepka (2-1); Jon Rahm (9-4)


How Woods Won the Tournament:

Ranked 1st (or T1) in: Greens in Regulation; No Double Bogeys or Worse

Ranked 2nd(or T2) in: Total Birdies; Birdie or Better %; Par-3 Scoring

Note: See his full stats at the bottom.

Least Important Stat(s): Ranked 50th (of 65) in Scrambling; T47 in Driving Accuracy; T44 in Putting Average and Total Putts; T44 in Driving Distance


After kicking off with progressively better laps of 70-68-67, Woods trailed overnight leader and playing competitor Molinari by two.

He landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.78 putts per GIR with 32 total putts.

Woods outflanked four bogeys at holes 4, 5, 10 and 18, with six birdies at 3, 7, 8, 13, 15 and 16, wrapping the week with 22 birdies versus nine bogeys.

He trailed by three thru six holes and first touched the lead with a 2-putt par at the par-3 12th. Woods took his first lead outright (by one) with a 2-putt birdie at 15 (from 44’0”) and built that advantage to two after birdie at the par-3 16th from 4’0” (near ace).


Key Moments in R4:

Hole 3 (par 4):

Molinari: 1-putt par

Woods: birdie from 8'0": Molinari leads by 1 

 

Hole 4 (par 3):

Molinari: 1-putt par

Woods: bogey; missed par-saver from 10'0": Molinari by 2 (over Finau, Woods, Koepka: 1-under thru 4)

 

Hole 5 (par 4):

Molinari: 1-putt par from 8'0"

Woods: bogey; 3-putt from 39'0"

Finau: bogey; 3-putt from 41'0"

Koepka: bogey at 6; failed scramble; missed par-saver from 8'0"

Molinari by 3 (over Finau, Woods, Koepka: even-par thru 5)

 

Hole 6 (par 3):

Molinari: 1-putt par from 7'0"

Woods: par; missed birdie from 11'0"

Poulter: birdies at 6 and 7

Molinari by 3 (over Finau, Woods, Koepka and Poulter: 1-under thru 7)

 

Hole 7 (par 4): 2-shot swing

Molinari: bogey; missed par-saver from 11'0"; first bogey in last 50 holes

Woods: birdie from 2'0"; approach from 146 yards

Molinari by 1 on 12-under (over Woods: even-par thru 7)

 

Hole 8 (par 5):

Molinari: birdie from 13'0"

Woods: birdie from 7'0"

Molinari by 1 on 13-under (over Woods: 1-under thru 8); back-to-back birdies

 

Hole 9 (par 4):

Molinari: par (2-putt from 38'0")

Woods: par (2-putt from 70'0")

 

OUT:

Molinari: even-par 36 (1 birdie, 1 bogey)

Woods: 1-under 35 (3 birdies, 2 bogeys)

Molinari by 1 on 13-under (over Woods)

 

Hole 10 (par 4):

Molinari: par; up and down (13 putts total thru 10 holes)

Woods: bogey; stymied off the tee; punch out, missed par-saver from fringe 18'0"

Molinari by 2 on 13-under (over Woods and Koepka: 1-under thru 10)

 

Hole 12 (par3): 2-shot swing

Molinari: double bogey; watered tee ball, drop, pitch to 11 feet. Missed 

Woods: par; 2-putt from 51'0"

Woods, Molinari co-lead on 11-under

Up ahead: Cantlay, out of the fifth-to-last threesome, eagled the par-5 15th from 17'0"

Up ahead: Schauffele, out of the third-to-last threesome, birdies par-4 14th from 11'0"

Cantlay, Schauffele co-lead on 12-under (one clear of Koepka, Molinari, Woods)

Then: Cantlay 2-putts officially but takes three wacks from the fringe (from 21 yards) at the par-3 16th, missed par-saver from 7'0", drops out of lead.

 

Hole 13 (par 5):

Molinari: birdie from 3'0"

Woods: birdie (2-putt) from 31'0"

Schauffele (4-under thru 14), Molinari, Woods co-lead on 12-under

Up ahead: D. Johnson birdies 17 for three straight and Koepka birdies 15.

D. Johnson, Schauffele, Koepka, Molinari, Woods co-lead on 12-under

 

Hole 15 (par 5):

Molinari: chunked third from 79 yards into the water led to 1-putt double

Woods: 2-putt birdie from 44 feet

Woods leads by 1 on 13-under (D. Johnson- IN w/ 68; Schauffele, Koepka)

 

Hole 16 (par 3):

Woods: birdie from 4'0" 

Woods leads by 2 (with 2 to play) on 14-under

 

Hole 17 (par 4):

Woods: fairway, green, 2-putt par (missed birdie from 11’0”)

Woods lead by 2 with one to play

 

Hole 18 (par 4):

Woods: right fairway but blocked out by trees. Soft fade for second but 38 yards short of green. Pitches (safe) to 14 feet. Misses par putt but had one in the bag. Makes bogey. 

Woods wins by 1

 

IN:

Woods: 1-under 35 (3 birdies, 2 bogeys)

Molinari: 2-over 38 (2 birdies, 2 doubles)


Woods’ TOUR Career:

Starts: 352 (338 pro)

Cuts Made: 322 (91.4%)

WD: 9 (2.5%)

Top 25s: 266 (75.5%)

Top 10s: 196 (55.6%)

Top 3s: 131 (37.2%)

Wins: 81 (23.0%)

 

Wins by Season (in the FEC era):

2019: 1 (6 starts)

2018: 1 (18 starts)

2017: 0 (1 start)

2016: 0 (0 starts)

2015: 0 (11 starts)

2014: 0 (7 starts)

2013: 5 (16 starts)

2012: 3 (19 starts)

2011: 0 (9 starts)

2010: 0 (12 starts)

2009: 6 (17 starts)

2008: 4 (6 starts)

2007: 7 (16 starts)

*Note: Woods’ best season, win-wise, was 9 in 20 starts in 2000.


12:

Looking ahead:

On 12 occasions, Woods has won in back-to-back starts. Four of those times, he’s won back-to-back majors, including four in a row between the 2000 U.S. Open and the 2001 Masters.

Woods’ best run was seven wins in a row between the 2006 Open (Royal Liverpool) as defender, and the 2007 Buick Invitational (Torrey Pines), where he was a two-time defending champ.


Woods’ Major Career:

Starts: 81 (75 pro)

Cuts Made: 72 (88.8%)

WD: 1

Top 25s: 58 (71.6%)

Top 10s: 41 (50.6%)

Wins: 14 (17.2%)


Strength of Field:

With a Strength of Field rating of 796 (up 2 from last year), Woods reaps 100.00 world-ranking points and jumps six spots to 6th in the Official World Golf Rankings.  

OWGR: From 12 to 6 (up 6)

Note: Woods has the most weeks as World No. 1 (683 weeks), including a record 281 consecutive weeks between June, 2005, and October, 2010.

Woods earns 600 FedExCup points, jumping 68 places to 13th in the standings.

FEC: From 81 to 13 (up 68)

Note: Woods is the only two-time FEC champion (2007, 2009)


Field Scoring Average:

This was the 83rdplaying of the Masters, all 83 at Augusta National.

Par 72 (36-36)

7,475 yards

 

R1: 72.87

R2: 71.98

R3: 70.77

R4: 71.46

Total: 71.87

Woods: 70-68-67-70

Masters Form (dating to last win): 1-32-17-4-40-4-4-6-2-2-3-1

Note: Woods entered ranked No. 2 in all-time Masters earnings, $432,901 behind three-time champ Phil Mickelson. With the win, worth $2,070,000, and Mickelson finishing T18, Woods now ranks No. 1, $1,476,099 clear of now-No. 2 Mickelson.


Low Rounds:

R1: 66: Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka

R2: 65: Xander Schauffele

R3: 64: Tony Finau, Webb Simpson, Patrick Cantlay

R4: 67: Jason Day, Aaron Wise

 

Bogey-free Rounds:

R1: (1): Brooks Koepka (66)

R2: (2): Francesco Molinari (67); Jon Rahm (70)

R3: (4): Tony Finau (64); Patrick Cantlay (64); Francesco Molinari (66); Justin Thomas (69)

R4: (0): NONE

Multiple Bogey-free Rounds: Molinari (x2)


Leader/co-leaders by Round:

R1: Bryson DeChambeau (finished T29): Drops to 0-for-1 as 18-hole leader/co-leader

R1: Brooks Koepka (T2): 0-for-4

R2: Francesco Molinari (T5): Drops to 0-for-2 as 36-hole leader/co-leader

R2: Jason Day (T5): 3-for-13

R2: Brooks Koepka (T2): 1-for-5

R2: Adam Scott (T18): 7-for-16

R2: Louis Oosthuizen (T29): 1-for-3

R3: Francesco Molinari (T5): Drops to 1-for-2 as 54-hole leader/co-leader


Woods’ Weekly Stats (ranking of 65 players):

Birdies: 22 (2nd)

Bogeys: 9 (T16)

Double Bogeys or Worse: 0 (T1)

Birdie or Better: 30.56% (2nd)

Birdie to Bogey Ratio: 2.44 (5th)

Par-3 Scoring: 2.75 (T2)

Par-4 Scoring: 3.98 (T7)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.50 (T27)

Driving Distance (all drives): 294.00 yards (44th)

Leader: Tony Finau: 315.75 yards

Driving Accuracy: 35/56 (T47) at 62.50%

GIR: 58/72 (1st) at 80.56%

Putting Average: 1.67 (T44)

Total Putts: 120 (T44)

Putts by Round: 28-30-30-32

Scrambling: 7/14 (T50) at 50.00%