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National Football League players react to Tiger Woods' fifth Masters win

Francesco Molinari and Brooks Koepka Enlarge Image Francesco Molinari and Brooks Koepka AP Getty Images
Cary Erickson | 15 April, 2019, 07:08

Tiger Woods of the US celebrates on the 18th hole after winning the 2019 Masters.

It was also his first victory at a major since a series of personal troubles that began in 2009 pushed Woods to take a break from the sport.

This is the first time Woods has ever come from behind on the final day to win a major championship, leaving him three behind Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles.

Woods shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday, and at one point was tied for the lead.

A who's who of sporting royalty were quick to hail Woods' sixth victory at the iconic Augusta course.

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Woods was paired with Molinari in the final grouping of last year's British Open, which Molinari won.

"He obviously loves this place and is playing great golf", Molinari said. I really couldn't do much of anything. "I'm so happy for him and for the game of golf this is so fantastic". Now he's the clubhouse leader. "But I mean at the time, to be honest, the goal was to maybe only be once in my career at Augusta, (that) already would have been an achievement for me".

The 43-year-old muscled his way through a tightly packed leaderboard to win by two shots at Augusta for his first major title in 11 years and first Masters win since 2005. Lehman's No. 1 total from 1996 would have ranked 69th in 2018, when 114 golfers made at least $1 million and the only events to pay out less than seven figures to their victor were alternate tournaments run the same week as major world contests.

Golf - Masters - Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 14, 2019.