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The Masters: Francesco Molinari reflects on where it went wrong at Augusta

The Masters: Francesco Molinari reflects on where it went wrong at Augusta

Giants of the sporting world have been queuing up to pay tribute to Tiger Woods after the 43-year-old defied the odds to once again claim one of golf's biggest prizes.

Now, he's back on top with his first green jacket at Augusta National since 2005.

Tiger Woods completed an epic comeback from career-threatening injury and scandal by winning the 83rd Masters on Sunday, capturing his 15th major title to end an 11-year major drought.

Woods signed for a two-under 70 in the final round, finishing on minus 13, just ahead of Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka.

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. He had a fourth back surgery with hopes of simply playing with his two children, not chasing Jack Nicklaus in history.

Francesco Molinari gives an honest assessment of his performance, and speaks about Tigers' 2019 Masters win.

Joe LaCava, the caddie who stayed with Woods even when he didn't play for the better part of two years, said they have talked about the record.

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"I'm sure I will probably think about it going down the road".

"I was as patient as I've been in a number of years out there", Woods said.

He is now three short of the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus and is the second oldest Masters victor after Nicklaus.

"To have my kids there, it's come full circle; my dad was here (when I won) in 1997 and now I'm the dad with two kids here". There was a lot of times when I really couldn't move, and so that in itself is hard. "The body's not the same as it was a long time ago, but I still have good hands".

"I think the kids are starting to understand how much the game means to me", Woods added.

Admitting he was extremely achy from the hard-fought battle of the week, Woods said, "I definitely let it all go today, and I ramped up the speed". It was an unbelievable buzz to follow what was going on and yet still focus on what I was trying to do out there. It was the double bogeys that cost him, and the Italian was gracious as ever in defeat.