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Tiger Woods, one of the world's best golfers, captured his fifth Masters championship Sunday, his 15th major professional victory after an 11-year drought from winning the sport's biggest tournaments.

Dressed in his traditional final-round red shirt, Woods collected his first birdie of the day, rolling in an eight-footer at the third, to trim Molinari's lead to a single shot, but then gave it right back with a bogey at the par-three fourth.

Woods, one shy of matching Nicklaus for the most career Masters wins, won his 81 career US PGA victory, one shy of the all-time record held by Sam Snead.

However, dressed in his traditional final-round red shirt, Woods emerged from a back-nine showdown with two-time major victor Molinari to win his fifth Masters title and 15th major of a storied career that moves him three behind Jack Nicklaus' record haul of 18.

And speaking after The Masters win, Woods referenced The Open as a turning point for him. I said, "you know, just keep building on it and let's try to get the mind and body peaking towards Augusta".

"To have my kids there - it's come full circle".

Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau.

Written off as too old and too beaten up from four back surgeries and multiple knee operations, Woods underwent a back fusion in 2017 and slowly returned to form.

Molinari scrambled hard on the front nine to maintain his overnight lead, making a number of clutch up-and-downs for par while hitting back from his first bogey in 50 holes at the seventh with a birdie at the eighth.

Woods and Molinari, who were paired together in the final round of last year's British Open won by the Italian, will once again be in the last group. But on Sunday it was Molinari who slipped up, with the 36-year-old from Turin finding the water at the 12th and 15th. "I'm so happy for him and for the game of golf this is so fantastic".


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