It had been 14 years since he last won the Masters and 11 years since his last major victory.
President Donald Trump and Barack Obama were among those hailing Woods on social media after registering a thrilling and emotional Masters victory on Sunday.
In the intervening period he battled a succession of injuries - a fourth back surgery in 2017 making him wonder if he would ever play again - and saw his reputation damaged by lurid revelations about his private life.More news: Billionaire Donors Step Up to Fund Rebuild of Notre Dame Cathedral
The final round - which culminated in Tiger Woods' first win at a major championship since 2008 - also registered a 21 share, which means 21% of television viewers at the time were watching the event.
"Every shot I saw him play was a smart shot and when you've got a guy who plays smart shots like that and plays them well, he should be your victor".
As well as becoming the first Italian to win a major championship, Molinari won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, his first PGA Tour title in the Quicken Loans National - a tournament hosted by Woods - and he became the first European to compile a flawless 5-0 record in the Ryder Cup.More news: Trump Tweets That Omar ‘Controls’ Pelosi
"I thought it was probably an $85 or $8,500 bet", he explained. "I wasn't going to let that happen to them twice". "This is just fantastic!" he tweeted. You watch how smart he played, how he used his head at 12 and put the ball in the middle of the green, how he hit the ball left of the pin on 13, hit the middle of the green on 14 and 15. So great for the game of golf.
A similar mock neck is now sold out at Nordstrom, but you can still pick one up at Golf Town for $100, at Dick's Sporting Goods for $85, or at The Golf Warehouse, also for $85.
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"I can't thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support". "To me, he is a real guy with super human golf abilities, and in that moment, he had something with his kids that he's never had before".