Rick Zamperin: Tiger Woods is still the master at Augusta

Rick Zamperin: Tiger Woods is still the master at Augusta

Rick Zamperin: Tiger Woods is still the master at Augusta

Paired together in the final round of last year's The Open Championship, won by the Italian at Carnoustie, Molinari and Woods found themselves in the last group again battling for a major title.

Last week, a bettor wagered $US85,000 that Woods would break his 11-year drought in the Majors at Augusta National at the odds of $15.

Tiger Woods has bounced back from a 10-year lean spell to win the US Golf Masters at Augusta.

"Now to be the champion - 22 years between wins is a long time - it's unreal for me to experience this".

Woods was helped into the green jacket by last year's victor Patrick Reed. I think - I hope - they will be proud.

It is said the Masters does not truly begin until the back nine on Sunday and that held true as Woods and Molinari parred the ninth to head into the turn with everything to play for.

"Incredible", said Brooks Koepka, who finished tied for second behind Woods.

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 the opportunity to come back like this, it's probably one of the biggest wins I've ever had for sure because of it".

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Koepka has said all week he was focused on his own game and not worrying about what anyone else is doing, but that could prove tough come Sunday with the leaders playing right behind him.

Tiger Woods says his Masters triumph is "right up there" with his greatest achievements, having faced "serious doubts" he would ever contend again.

Since his last major win, he had taken an "indefinite break" from golf in 2009 after admissions of infidelity and the breakdown of his marriage.

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

"Sometimes it is your day, sometimes it isn't, but I'm really happy of the way I felt out there today", he said.

Even with the subsequent double bogey, Molinari was still in the hunt until a poorly played 15th hole, compounded by a bit of bad luck, finally sunk him.

Earlier, he started the day with a two-shot lead and sank a four-foot, par-saving putt at the first hole that for a while at least set the tone. That for years has stood as Augusta's defining moment.

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