Stars from the worlds of golf, sport and beyond have paid tribute to Tiger Woods following his astonishing Masters win at Augusta.
Barely 18 months after dropping outside the top 1,000 of the World Golf Rankings, Woods completed his comeback from serious back injuries to claim his fifth Masters title, his first in 14 years, and his first major since the 2008 US Open.
The victory at Augusta moved him onto 15 major titles, three short of Jack Nicklaus, and the golf legend led the praise on Sunday evening.
Nicklaus said: “This is a man who is possessed. He’s possessed to win a golf tournament. He’s absolutely under total control and he’s going to get it done. And he did.
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“I felt for a long time he was going to win again. And, you know, the next two majors are at Bethpage, where he’s won and Pebble Beach, where he’s won. So, you know, he’s got me shaking in my boots, guys.”
A big “well done” from me to @TigerWoods! I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!!! 👏🏼@TheMasters
Woods’ long-time American rival Phil Mickelson also posted praise on his Twitter account, describing it as “a great moment for the game of golf.”
What a great moment for the game of golf. I’m so impressed by @TigerWoods' incredible performance, and I'm so happy for him to capture another Green Jacket. Truly a special day that will go down in history. Congratulations, Tiger! #rematch 😎
Rory McIlroy, who was the pre-tournament favourite to win The Masters, described his joy at seeing Woods celebrate with his family.
Very few people really know what @TigerWoods has been thru to get back to this point. So cool seeing him with Tida, Sam, Charlie, Erica and the rest of the team behind 18 green. Couldn’t be happier for him! What a great day for golf! #TheMasters
Woods’ former coach Butch Harmon, who guided him to three wins at The Masters, was working as a pundit for Sky Sports and said this week’s win was the best of his career, saying: “I think it’s the greatest win Tiger has ever had in any championship – and he’s had a lot of them!”
Francesco Molinari had led the tournament going into the final day, but despite his disappointment after finishing two shots behind his final-day playing partner he said: “He obviously knows how to win this tournament. To come back from where he was a few years ago is brilliant to see for golf in general. For all of us out on Tour it’s nice to have him back.”
The plaudits also poured in from the wider sporting world, led by tennis legend Serena Williams, who described her emotions watching the “inspirational” final round.
I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other. Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? Wow Congrats a million times! I am so inspired thank you buddy.
NBA star Stephen Curry described the occasion as “the greatest comeback in sport” while NFL legend Tom Brady compared his six Super Bowl wins to Woods’ 15 major victories.
Greatest comeback story in sports! Congrats @TigerWoods Let me hold one of those 5 jackets one time!
Congrats Tiger! What a performance..
Former England captain Wayne Rooney was at Augusta to witness Woods’ historic triumph and was one of many British sports stars to hail the achievement.
Unbelievable day at @TheMasters. Honour to watch @TigerWoods back to his best ⛳️🏆 pic.twitter.com/49ir6ICP0H
I’ve just watched one of the biggest inspirational performances……golf is back !!
Who said he wouldn’t win another major…no 15 and more to come…I take my hat off to you !! AWESOME
Unbelievable. The best! @TigerWoods #themasters pic.twitter.com/uabrlzbdah
He’s done it. He’s only gone and won it. There’s something in my eye. To use a phrase once used before about @TigerWoods “Oh my goodness…Wow….In your life have you seen anything like that?” 👏👏👏👏
US President Donald Trump tweeted about his “friend” Woods during the back nine on Sunday and after victory was sealed, he wrote: “Congratulations to Tiger Woods, a truly great champion.”
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