Tiger Woods scored -13 after four Augusta rounds and only crowned with a stick against his opponent, but he deserve to win the 15th major title. On the last day of competition with many unpredictable developments, the 43-year-old golfer was the one who showed the most stable spirit.
Woods and Francesco Molinari and Tony Finau are the top 3 golfers after the third round, in which Molinari enters the final round with the top and the two-stroke advantage. The competition for the championship between the three golfers in the last match group was warmed up on the third hole, with Woods’s birdie.
But the one-stick gap of “Super Tiger” with Molinari was soon doubled in the next hole, when Tiger Woods slipped and stuck the bogey. Molinari and Finau achieved par in all the first four holes.
Statistics show that the number of par 5 is the hardest hole this year. Woods bogey this hole in all three previous rounds, and the fourth round is no exception. 43-year-old Golfer lagged behind three strokes from the top of the table after No. 5, because Molinari had the 48th consecutive hole without bogey at the tournament.
The opportunity to return to the Woods on Hole 7, when the second “Super Tiger” sticks the ball less than two meters away from the flag. Woods birdie and Molinari bogey. The difference between the two golfers was reduced to one.
Molinari takes advantage of the bogey of Woods and Finau in hole 10 to once again break up with a two-goal difference. But the turning point came in hole 12 par3 in the way Woods was also doubtful.
Molinari and Finau have almost identical drivers, grass bouncing and falling into Rae’s Creek water trap. The golfer paired with double-bogey, and Woods suddenly found himself rising to share the top of the table with par points.
But Patrick Cantlay, from the top of the seven-headed club at the top of the ring, rose to the top with eagle in the fifteenth hole. Earlier, Cantlay had five birdies.
Molinari and Woods then have birdies on Hole 13 to get -12 points, and Finau self-excluded from the race, falling out of the top 10 with -9 after 13 holes.
The round saw a tense situation when Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka also reached -12 at the same time as Molinari and Woods. Jason Day and Webb Simpson also found their form and scored -11.
The number of champion candidates increased suddenly. Two good drivers brought two birdies for Tiger Woods on holes 15 and 16. “Super Tiger” didn’t miss any chance. The successful push from a distance of more than one meter at Hole 16 helps Woods score -14, the way his opponents chases two strokes when the round is only two holes away.
Molinari has worried about the dazzling performance of his teammate. Italian golfer abandoned the championship ambition after the 15th-double bogey. Johnson, Schauffele and Koepka finished the tournament with -12, while Patrick Cantlay dropped to T9 with -10.
Woods reached par on Hole 17 and was confident to enter hole 18 without water traps. The advantage of two sticks to help veteran golfers is easy to calculate. Woods struck cautiously and took the initiative to secure the ball to get the Bogey.
Nearly 11 years after the 2008 US Open championship, Woods has just won major again. During that time, “Super Tiger” had a traffic accident, broke the marriage and repeatedly went on the operating table because of a back injury. The return of the 43-year-old golfer with the 15th major title is described by the international press as one of the most miraculous things of the global golf.