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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Tiger Woods Wins 2019 Masters

But this was the first time at the Masters that Tiger has won without holding the 54-hole lead. In fact, he did not take a share of the lead until the 66th hole and only then held it for a moment. Woods took the lead for good at No. 15 and finished under par in four straight rounds.

Tiger Woods won his 15th major championship and fifth Masters in a very un-Tiger like manner, though some factors in his victory did fall right in line with his major-winning history. After his first-round 70 on Thursday, Woods mentioned that he shot at least 70 in the first round of each of his previous four Masters victories. He also was 11 under after 54 holes, and each of the prior times that he had that mark or better after 54 holes at Augusta National, he went on to win a green jacket.

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There have been fantastic moments for Tiger Woods at the 16th hole, but when he damn near aced it on Sunday, I think we got a new highlight that will live forever in Masters lore. While Woods had gotten a very on-schedule birdie on the previous hole, Molinari carded a double-bogey. Elsewhere on the course, Patrick Cantaly's brief run at the lead had fallen apart and Brooks Koepka was knocking on the door but unable to get enough birdie putts to drop. Tiger grabbed control of the tournament on 15, but he won it on 16.

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