Sergio Garcia, the 2017 Masters victor, commended Woods’ return and said his latest triumph could make things “interesting” in the hunt to match Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major championships.
Englishman Ian Poulter, one of a number to put their shot in the water on hole 12, rued “very costly” mistakes on his way to eight under par but congratulated Woods on his “incredible” comeback.
“What he has done for the game of golf can’t be quantified,” Poulter wrote on Instagram. “We all owe a lot to him for that.”
Fellow American Dustin Johnson, who finished tied in second on 12 under par, praised Woods’ “great playing” and congratulated him on earning his fifth green jacket.
English golfer Lee Westwood showed his appreciation for Woods’ achievement on Twitter, while former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen showed a keen interest in the American’s wardrobe choice.
Bill Clinton joined his fellow US presidents in congratulating Woods on his triumph.
Playing partner Tony Finau spoke of his ‘incredible’ Masters week.
And great rival Phil Mickelson sent a message of support on Twitter.
Ryder Cup team-mates Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson were delighted to see Tiger back in the winner’s circle.
United States presidents past and present have congratulated Woods on his victory.
Title number 81.
The 83rd Masters champion.
The 43-year-old, who became the oldest winner of the tournament since Nicklaus in 1986, believes the victory is ranked among one of the greatest of his 15 major titles.
He said: “It’s up there with one of the hardest I’ve ever had to win. Just because of what has transpired in the last couple of years.
“I came close last year and the chances at the last two major championships and applied what I learned at them two and managed to seal the deal today.”
Woods embraced his son Charlie, daughter Sam and mother Kultida behind the 18th green as he claimed his first Masters title in 14 years.
Woods said of his celebrations: “Now my little boy Charlie, that embrace is just special. Sam lost a State soccer tournament yesterday so I convinced her to come up and watch the Masters and luckily I was able to win.
“It is unreal for me. My mum was here, she was there in ’97 as well. I couldn’t be more happy and excited. I’m lost for words really.”
Woods added: “It’s overwhelming. Just because of what has transpired. Last year, I was just lucky to be playing again.
“The previous champions’ dinner I was really struggling and missed a couple of years of not playing this great tournament and now to be champion, I think… 22 years between wins is a long time.
“I was as patient as I’ve ever been in a number of years out there. The last three days, the way I was plotting my way around the golf course. Kept control of my emotions, my shots, my shot placement and it all flipped at 12.
“We were a couple behind, Francesco (Molinari) made a mistake and then Brooksy (Koepka) makes a mistake and then eagles 13 and all these different scenarios start flying around.
“Patrick (Cantlay) then made a run. It was just an amazing buzz out there to try and work out what’s going out, meanwhile still trying to stay present and focus what I am trying to do out there. I kinda liked it.”
Woods explained how he tried to approach the final round and what it meant to have his family there.
He told Sky Sports Golf: “I was just trying to plod my way around the course. All day, just plod my way around and all of a sudden I had the lead. Coming up 18, it was just about trying to make a five.
“But when I tapped the putt in, I don’t know what I did. But I know I screamed. I was just looking for Joey (LaCava – Woods’ caddie) somewhere, shook the guys’ hands then found Joey.
“To have my kids there, it’s come full circle. My dad was here in ’97 and now, I’m a dad with two kids there.”
More reaction from professionals, including Matt Fitzpatrick who finished tied for 21st in Georgia.
Tiger Woods will move up to sixth in the world golf rankings after his victory at Augusta.
Golf great Jack Nicklaus congratulates Woods after his dramatic win at Augusta.
The reaction from his fellow professionals says it all…
TIGER WOODS WINS THE 2019 MASTERS
Eleven years since his last major championship and 14 years since his fourth Masters title, Woods has two putts for victory.
Koepka misses his birdie putt at the last. Tiger only needs to bogey the final hole to claim his fifth Masters title and 15th major championship of his career.
No other words needed.
Woods plants his approach in the middle of the 17th green and two putts for par and heads down the final hole with a two-shot advantage.
Even the president of the United States is enjoying the action at Augusta.
When one GOAT recognises another…
Woods holes out the short birdie putt to lead by two shots with two holes remaining.
Here was his tee-shot if you missed it. Simply superb.
Vintage Tiger at the par-three 16th. Look at these reactions from his fellow professionals…
Tiger leads at the Masters! A lengthy eagle putt pulls up short and a tap-in birdie is enough to move to 13 under. Can he do it?
Oh no Frankie! Molinari has all-but ended his title charge as he dumped his approach to the 15th in the water. And from the drop-zone, the Italian’s effort clings onto the slope which looked destined for the wet stuff once again.
Johnson makes it a four-way tie at the top with his fourth birdie in five holes as he heads down the last. Koepka then narrowly misses out on the outright lead at the 15th as his eagle putt just brushes past the cup, but birdie is enough to get to 12 under.
Woods and Molinari push their birdie putts right for the outright lead. They remain at the 12 under with four to play, alongside Schauffele who is at the 16th.
Jason Day finishes his final round with a birdie to set the clubhouse target at 11 under following his five-under-par 67. Dustin Johnson joins him at the mark following his third gain from his last four holes. The world number two has two hole remaining.
Cantlay bogeys the 16th to drop one behind Schauffele. But he is not alone at the top for long as Woods and Molinari birdie the 13th for a three-way tie at 12 under par.
Hovland even earned praise from 2018 European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn after his success.
Viktor Hovland was also confirmed as the low amateur of the 2019 Masters.
In the midst of the drama at Amen Corner, Justin Thomas recorded the second ace of the day at the 16th. Here is his effort.
Schauffele keeps plugging away and cards his seventh gain of the day to move alongside Cantlay as joint-leader. Even current players can’t keep up now!
Another twist at Augusta. Cantlay holes out a lengthy eagle putt at the 15th to take the outright lead! And Koepka responds to his double bogey at the 12th with an eagle of his own at the next. He is back to 11 under.
Masters Sunday at its best. Molinari, who carded a double bogey at the 12th, and Woods are at the top of the leaderboard on 11 under and they have been joined by Schauffele after rolling in his sixth birdie of the day. Day, Watson, Rahm and Cantlay are just one behind.
Rae’s Creek has had some high-profile visitors today…
These players certainly think so.
Oh dear. Molinari and Finau find the water at the par-three 12th. Woods went safe with his tee-shot and landed at the heart of the green. Advantage Woods?
Another par for Molinari at the 12th keeps him at 13 under. Woods is two shots adrift to remain the closest challenger, but there is a congested field at 10 under after an eagle and birdie from Bubba Watson and Jason Day respectively at the 15th, joins Schauffele, Cantlay and Finau.
Could that end Koepka’s challenge? The three-time major champion has put his tee-shot into the water at the par-three 12th. And Poulter follows suit moments later! Incredible scenes.
Can Molinari move clear? Will Tiger and co. close the gap? The final group have arrived at Amen Corner.
Advantage Molinari. Woods and Finau card bogeys at the 10th and the Italian coolly rolls in a par from six feet to extend his lead to two strokes with eight to play.
Cricket great Shane Warne asks the question on everyone’s lips at the moment.
Xander Schauffele reaches double figures with a tremendous putt at the 11th.
Onto the back nine they go. Molinari leads by one shot with nine to play.
Woods clings onto a magnificent par at the ninth as his birdie putt from around 70 feet pulls up to within inches of the cup. Finau holes out a tricky par putt to turn in for 36, with Molinari rolling in from 12 feet to maintain his one-shot lead at the halfway mark.
A fifth birdie for Patrick Cantlay at the 11th hole has seen the American move into contention. He joins Poulter at 10 under par.
Molinari and Woods make birdies at the eighth as the American moves into sole second place at 12 under par. The Italian’s calmness is amplified by Hunter Mahan’s tweet here.
Molinari’s bogey-free streak was the second longest in Masters history. Just incredible.
And just as Woods cuts the gap to one shot, Koepka joins him at 11 under with a gain at the eighth.
Big momentum swing at the seventh. Molinari cards his first bogey at Augusta since the 11th hole in the first round to drop to 12 under before Woods rolls in a birdie moments later to get to 11 under. Game on!
Poulter has put himself into contention with birdies at the sixth and seventh to join Woods, Finau and Koepka at 10 under. Can the Englishman continue his surge and reel in Molinari?
Molinari keeps his cool to scramble par once again at the sixth to maintain his three-shot advantage. And his 2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn was particularly impressed with the Italian’s recovery up-and-down.
Just one bogey from 59 holes at Augusta for Molinari this week so far. Nerves of steel.
Back-to-back bogeys for Woods, who drops back to 10 under alongside Koepka. Molinari scrambles for his fifth successive par and the Italian’s lead improves to three shots after Finau cards a bogey.
Looks like Molinari has a fan from the world of NFL.
Molinari somehow manages to end up just short of the fifth green after a wayward tee-shot. Spain’s Jon Rahm has had a rollercoaster final round where he has carded two birdies, three pars, two bogeys through seven, but an eagle at the eighth moves him to eight under.
Woods gives the shot back at the fourth to return to 11 under, with Molinari and Finau recording their fourth successive par.
Tiger gets a huge roar from the crowd as he rolls in a birdie at the third to close the gap to one. Woods has never won a major title when trailing after the third round. Could today be the day?
Molinari pushes a six-foot putt for birdie at the second which could have extended his lead to three shots after Woods and Finau can only card pars. Could that be a big chance missed? The Italian is level-par through three.
Will there be more drama to add to this montage of Masters history in the year ending in nine?
Three-time champion Phil Mickelson has improved to seven under after a stunning approach for birdie, which was so nearly an eagle-two at the fifth hole.
Woods is in trouble off the second tee and is over 200 yards from the green with his third at the par five hole. Koepka registers a birdie just ahead and to move alongside the 14-time major champion and Finau at 11 under for the tournament.
Consistent start from Molinari, Woods and Finau, who all par the opening hole. McIlroy and Kevin Kisner are among the best scorers so far with both players playing at three under through seven holes so far.
Spieth cards his first bogey at the fifth to drop to six under. Xander Schauffele opens his final round with a birdie-birdie start to move alongside Koepka at 10 under.
Who wants to see Tiger striping his opening tee-shot of the final round down the fairway? OK, here you go.
The final group have hit their tee-shots at the first hole. Can Molinari claim his maiden Master title? Will Tiger roll back the years and roar to a 15th major crown? Can Finau come out on top? We will find out in the next five hours!
Watch DeChambeau’s hole-in-one here.
Bryson DeChambeau may not have had the best of weeks at Augusta, but the world number six has just aced the 16th! He moves to four under.
Could Spieth go close again?
Three birdies in four for Spieth gets him to seven under. At the first, Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Webb Simpson start their final rounds – the penultimate group to head out.
McIlroy made the most of his huge drive at the 13th to card an eagle and move to three under. Justin Thomas is inches from a holing out a huge eagle of his own at the second hole, while Rickie Fowler birdies the opening hole to improve to eight under.
Are you ready? Hopefully this video can inspire you.
Just under 30 minutes under Molinari, Woods and Finau start their final rounds. Take a look at some of the challenging hole locations on Masters Sunday.
Can Spieth make a serious charge? A birdie-birdie start sees the 25-year-old move to six under par but it would need some effort.
Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy is out on course and, after three opening pars starting from the 10th, has cracked his drive down the fairway at the 13th tee.
The outsiders have started their rounds and 2015 champion Jordan Spieth has made a fast start with a birdie at the first, to move to five under overall.
Graeme McDowell, who won the 2010 U.S. Open, is wary of Woods ahead of the final round. Just under an hour until the top three tee off.
European Tour golfer Bernd Wiesberger believes Finau can haul in Molinari and hold off Tiger. The Austrian has also been hit hard by Instagram crashing.
The early starters have begun their final rounds in Augusta. Groups have increased to three players and start simultaneously at the first and 10th tees due to the threat of thunderstorms later this evening at Augusta.
The Masters organisers will be hoping there is no need for a play-off today…
Molinari leads Woods and Finau by two shots at 13 under par and the trio will start their final round at 2.20pm BST.
The final round has just got under way at Augusta National as Italian Francesco Molinari looks to hold off the challenge of 14-time major champion Tiger Woods and Tony Finau.