Weather a dramatic backdrop to already dramatic tournament — Masters Sunday

It was hard to imagine we'd ever get this Tiger Woods back at the Masters

It was hard to imagine we'd ever get this Tiger Woods back at the Masters

Fallen hero, crippled star, and now a Masters champion again.

Woods has been stuck on 14 major titles since the 2008 U.S. Open, and the early holes on Saturday offered little inkling of the fireworks ahead.

"It's overwhelming. I think just because of what has transpired. It's one of the hardest I've ever had to win just because of what has transpired in the last couple of years". "And then I saw him swinging it and I thought, 'I'm in trouble.' Yeah, he has a really nice swing".

"I wasn't sure I was playing with him until I saw him on the range hitting balls", Pepperell said. "It's unreal to experience this".

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He'll have to reverse his own history, though: none of Woods' 14 career majors has come when he trailed heading into Sunday.

The comeback is complete.

He wanted his children to see him win, once saying they saw him only as a YouTube legend.

He briefly held the lead Sunday in the British Open.

Fourteen years after his last Masters victory, 11 years after capturing what many believed to be his final major championship triumph, Woods is on top of the golf world, capping an unforeseen comeback at one of the most revered places in the game.

The Italian doesn't get excited easily, whether he's cradling a claret jug or going 5-0 in the Ryder Cup.

He followed that with birdies at 15 and 18 to salvage a 71 and join the leaders at seven-under 137.

"But it's not like I can only worry about him. This is just fantastic!"

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Woods finished his round with a five-under 67, his lowest score at Augusta National since 2011, and trails leader Francesco Molinari by two shots going into Sunday's final round.

And that's when all hell broke loose at Augusta. "The double-bogey on 15 was a poor mistake".

And then it seemed as though practically everyone had a chance.

Molinari, the defending Open Champion, began Saturday's round as part of a five-way tie for the lead.

The Englishman's performance was a surprise since he had arrived at the tournament in fine fettle, seemingly poised to make another tilt at the Green Jacket two years after losing a playoff to Sergio Garcia.

A flawless drive at the 17th led to an easy par, and then the telling tee shot at the 18th with a 3-wood up the right side put him in position to close out a remarkable victory. Molinari, playing in the final group, kept right on rolling.

"It is what it is, accidents happen and you move on", Woods said. "You want to go toe-to-toe with them. He's just good, man".

From an inflation standpoint, Jack Nicklaus made $902,359 from his 45 appearances, including six green jackets.

This was one is sure to at least rival it.

"I was done at that particular time, " Woods said earlier this week.

Is the Nicklaus record back in play?

"I can't control anything that they're doing with -- whatever they're going to do, they're going to do", said Koepka. Wise bogeyed the 18th and final hole. Players will go off the first and 10th tees in hopes of finishing before afternoon thunderstorms that are in the forecast.

"I putted well today", Woods said.

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