Tiger Woods, draped in red and black and aged sinew, popped under a graying sky. It did not feel like a Masters Sunday. Woods turned back time, literally in this case, as his first tee shot was in the air off the first hole at 9:21 a.m. local time. Players were going off both tees because an afternoon storm was coming. Little did we know that the only storm we'd see on this day was swinging a TaylorMade driver and wearing a mock-neck red shirt.
Tiger stalked the fourth tee after his birdie at No. 3. His eyes were on the tops of the towering pines, and he came up well short, bogeying the fourth.
Then came the fifth, which he bogeyed for the fourth consecutive day.
Tiger made birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 to get to 1 under on the day and scrape the top of the leaderboard at 12 under as playing partner Francesco Molinari plodded on at 13 under.
A bogey at No. 10 led to the moment of the tournament. Woods sprayed a drive on the par-4 11th that landed in a bowl of pine needles, fertilizer and mud well right of the hardest hole on the course. Spectators were roped off like cattle after a security guard tried to break up a double play with Woods playing the part of the second baseman earlier in the week, and Woods crouched behind his ball examining his options.
On No. 11 and then on No. 12, it was the wisdom of a man who has played nearly 100 rounds at this tournament. After Molinari came up breathtakingly short on the dangerous 12th and his ball chugged for the water, Woods put one in the heart of the green. He would have pounded one onto Augusta Country Club before he was going to repeat what the Italian had just done.
Two putts for par, and Woods was tied for the lead headed to the second nine.
Tiger made an easy birdie on the 13th, but Molinari did the same. After Molinari's double bogey at the 12th, it felt as if they would be in lockstep the rest of the way.
Tiger pumped a 5-iron to the middle of the green at 15 and two-putted for another birdie to push his number to 13 under.
Ahead of them, Patrick Cantlay stumbled home as Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele were unable to muster much-needed birdies at the final two holes. They finished at 12 under.
On the 18th, he hit 3-wood and sheathed it with a flip spin of the club. Woods would two-putt for bogey and a one-stroke win, his 15th major and fifth green jacket.
Tiger Woods receives $2,070,000 for his Masters win.
Runners up -- Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka: $858,666.67 each.
T5 -- Jason Day, Webb Simpson, Francesco Molinari, Tony Finau: $403,937.50 each
T9 -- Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Rickie Fowler -- $310,500 each
T12 -- Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Justin Harding, Ian Poulter -- $225,400 each
17th -- Aaron Wise: $184,000
T18 -- Patton Kizire, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott -- $161,000 each