Tiger Woods Wins the Masters

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Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA — April 14, 2019

In an unusual move, Augusta National changed the starting time of the final round of the Masters. With severe weather anticipated during the afternoon hours, every effort was being made to complete the tournament on Sunday. Clearing the course of tens of thousands of patrons (fans) was also a consideration. Play started at 7:30 am, groups were sent off the back nine as well as hole number one.

The leaders Francesco Molinari(-13), Tony Finau(-11), and Tiger Woods(-11) teed off just before 9:30 am. Things were quiet early with no major movers over the first nine holes. Rory McIlroy shot a 4 under 68 to finish the tournament 5 under in a tie for 21st. Aaron Wise carded a 67 for a total score of 7 under and a 17th place finish.

The Leaders

Molinari battled through a difficult front nine at even par, making some incredible one-putt saves. After 48 holes without a bogey, he finally succumbed to Augusta’s difficulty by making a 5 on the par 4 7th hole. Molinari quickly recovered with a birdie on 8.

Masters champion Tiger Woods and Francesco Molinari of Italy walk down hole No. 1 during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, Sunday, April 14, 2019. Photo Credit: Hunter Martin / Augusta National

Patrick Cantlay was two over after the first two rounds before his 64 Saturday brought him to 6 under. Five birdies and a bogey brought him to 10 under after 11. Molinari’s round came undone on the par 3 12th when he hit it in the water short of the hole. Then Finau followed suit splashing into Rae’s Creek as well. Both made double bogey. Tiger safely on in the middle of the green, two-putted for par. Cantlay eagled the par 5 15th and suddenly there was a new leader.

Patrick Cantlay blasts from the hole N. 18 bunker during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, Sunday, April 14, 2019. Photo Credit: Scott K Brown / Augusta National

The Crowd at the Top

Xander Schauffele cards 4 birdies and 3 bogeys on the front 9. Birdies on 11, 13, and 14 take him to 12 under and a tie for the lead.

Xander Schauffele lines up a putt on the No. 3 hole during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, Sunday, April 14, 2019. Photo Credit: Logan Whitton / Augusta National

Cantlay bogey’s the 16th and drops out of the lead. Molinari and Woods birdied the 13th to bring them into a 3-way tie for the lead. Another bogey for Cantlay on the 17th and he drops out of contention. Dustin Johnson birdies 15, 16, and 17 to claim a share of the lead. Brooks Koepka eagles 15 and becomes the 5th golfer in a tie at the top of the leader board.

Brooks Koepka celebrates an eagle with caddie Ricky Elliott on the No. 13 green at Augusta National Golf Club, Sunday, April 14, 2019. Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood / Augusta National

Johnson, Schauffele, and Koepka finish at 12 under. The leaders in the clubhouse now sit and watch as Molinari and Woods play the last few holes. Molinari has a poor tee shot on the 15th. The par 5 hole affords him the chance to lay up and still have a shot at birdie. His 2nd shot is left and his chip to the green hits a pine tree and falls into the water short of the green. Another double bogey ends Molinari’s shot at the green jacket.

Tiger

Tiger Woods plays a solid 15th, makes birdie and walks to the 16th green as the leader at 13 under. With the pin on the par 3-16th hole in it’s traditional Sunday position. Tiger drops his 8-iron to the right of the pin and watched it trickle down the hill towards the cup. It settles less than 4 feet from the hole, Tiger calmly sinks the birdie putt for a 2-shot lead at 14 under.

Masters champion Tiger Woods uses an iron from the fairway of hole No. 17 during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, Sunday, April 14, 2019. Photo Credit: Tom Rossini / Augusta National

A conservative par on 17 brings Tiger to the final hole with a chance to win his 5th green jacket. Using 3-wood off the tee he avoids the bunkers down the left side of the fairway. His 2nd shot comes up short of the green. Tiger’s chip settles comfortably above the hole, his par putt runs a couple of feet past. The short bogey putt gives him the title, his first at Augusta since 2005. It also ended an 11-year drought in Golf’s major championships.

Masters champion Tiger Woods celebrates on the No. 18 green after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, Sunday, April 14, 2019. Photo Credit: Hunter Martin / Augusta National

History Making

The win was Tiger’s 15 major championship, he is 3 behind Jack Nicklaus. A total that, at one time, looked like it would be obliterated. It was Tiger’s 5th Masters win, he trails Nicklaus by 1 in that category. At 43, time is running short for Tiger to eclipse either of Jack’s records. But, many thought Tiger would never win another major. His game looks solid now and his maturity was fully on display today as he calmly went about closing out the win.

The Lasco Press golf coverage will resume with the PGA Championship from Bethpage State Park BK Course, May 15-19th.

Results of the 83rd Masters Tournament

Position Name To Par TODAY R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL
1 Tiger Woods -13 -2 70 68 67 70 275
T2 Dustin Johnson -12 -4 68 70 70 68 276
T2 Xander Schauffele -12 -4 73 65 70 68 276
T2 Brooks Koepka -12 -2 66 71 69 70 276
T5 Jason Day -11 -5 70 67 73 67 277
T5 Webb Simpson -11 -2 72 71 64 70 277
T5 Francesco Molinari -11 2 70 67 66 74 277
T5 Tony Finau -11 E 71 70 64 72 277
T9 Jon Rahm -10 -4 69 70 71 68 278
T9 Patrick Cantlay -10 -4 73 73 64 68 278
T9 Rickie Fowler -10 -3 70 71 68 69 278
T12 Bubba Watson -8 -3 72 72 67 69 280
T12 Justin Thomas -8 -2 73 68 69 70 280
T12 Matt Kuchar -8 E 71 69 68 72 280
T12 Justin Harding -8 E 69 69 70 72 280
T12 Ian Poulter -8 1 68 71 68 73 280
17 Aaron Wise -7 -5 75 71 68 67 281
T18 Patton Kizzire -6 -3 70 70 73 69 282
T18 Phil Mickelson -6 E 67 73 70 72 282
T18 Adam Scott -6 1 69 68 72 73 282
T21 Rory McIlroy -5 -4 73 71 71 68 283
T21 Kevin Kisner -5 -3 69 73 72 69 283
T21 Kyle Stanley -5 -3 72 72 70 69 283
T21 Si Woo Kim -5 -3 72 72 70 69 283
T21 Matthew Fitzpatrick -5 -2 78 67 68 70 283
T21 Jordan Spieth -5 -1 75 68 69 71 283
T21 Lucas Bjerregaard -5 E 70 72 69 72 283
T21 Thorbjorn Olesen -5 1 71 71 68 73 283
T29 Bryson DeChambeau -4 -2 66 75 73 70 284
T29 Charley Hoffman -4 -2 71 71 72 70 284
T29 Louis Oosthuizen -4 4 71 66 71 76 284
T32 Hideki Matsuyama -3 E 75 70 68 72 285
T32 Gary Woodland -3 -2 70 71 74 70 285
T32 Viktor Hovland -3 -1 72 71 71 71 285
T32 Charles Howell III -3 -3 73 67 76 69 285
T36 Rafa Cabrera-Bello -2 -4 73 70 75 68 286
T36 Patrick Reed -2 -3 73 70 74 69 286
T36 Alvaro Ortiz -2 -3 73 71 73 69 286
T36 Jimmy Walker -2 -2 72 72 72 70 286
T36 Kevin Tway -2 1 72 71 70 73 286
T36 Henrik Stenson -2 1 74 72 67 73 286
T36 Tommy Fleetwood -2 2 71 71 70 74 286
T43 Haotong Li -1 -4 72 74 73 68 287
T43 Keith Mitchell -1 -3 72 74 72 69 287
T43 Keegan Bradley -1 E 76 68 71 72 287
T46 Andrew Landry E -2 72 73 73 70 288
T46 Kevin Na E -1 71 73 73 71 288
T46 Corey Conners E 4 70 71 71 76 288
T49 Marc Leishman 1 3 72 72 70 75 289
T49 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1 1 69 72 75 73 289
T51 Trevor Immelman 2 -3 74 72 75 69 290
T51 Martin Kaymer 2 -1 73 74 72 71 290
T51 Eddie Pepperell 2 -1 74 73 72 71 290
T51 Cameron Smith 2 5 70 74 69 77 290
55 Devon Bling 3 1 74 73 71 73 291
T56 Billy Horschel 4 -1 72 75 74 71 292
T56 Tyrrell Hatton 4 2 73 73 72 74 292
T58 Zach Johnson 5 1 74 73 73 73 293
T58 Branden Grace 5 2 72 75 72 74 293
T58 Takumi Kanaya 5 6 73 74 68 78 293
61 Satoshi Kodaira 6 4 75 70 73 76 294
T62 Alex Noren 8 2 75 72 75 74 296
T62 Emiliano Grillo 8 4 72 75 73 76 296
T62 Bernhard Langer 8 6 71 72 75 78 296
T62 J.B. Holmes 8 8 70 72 74 80 296