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Tiger Woods wins 15th major title with mighty comeback


LOS ANGELES, April 15  — Tiger Woods captured his 15th major title with an epic back-nine rally in the final round at the U.S. Masters Tournament on Sunday, making a mighty comeback after his 11-year major drought.

In the front nine, the 43-year-old American superstar started one shot behind Italian golfer Francesco Molinari after a birdie on No. 3, but fell back to three behind after bogeys on No. 4 and 5. Woods ended the front nine in 1-under while Molinari is at even par.

File Photo: Tiger Woods tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament in Thousand Oaks, California, December 3, 2010. [Xinhua/Reuters Photo]

On the back nine, the leaderboard began to change fast. After Tiger made back-to-back birdies on No. 15 and 16, he gained a two-shot advantage over Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka. Finally, Woods sealed the final with a one-shot lead and won his first Masters title since 2005.

This is Tigers’ 15th Grand Slam title and 81st PGA Tour title, marking a big step forward in a career plagued by injuries and personal scandals. – XINHUA