Nicklaus leads praise for Woods after remarkable Masters triumph

Eighteen-time major winner Jack Nicklaus was quick to congratulate Tiger Woods after watching him win his fifth Masters to complete a remarkable comeback story.

Woods’s victory by one shot at Augusta was his 15th major title, leaving him three behind Nicklaus’ all-time record.

It was Woods’ first major in over a decade after multiple back surgeries and personal issues looked to have cut short his pursuit of Nicklaus – and at one point his career.

“A big ‘well done’ from me to @Tiger Woods!” Nicklaus wrote on Twitter.

“I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic.”

Former pro Paul McGinley said Woods’ victory was like something out of Hollywood.

“It’s just absolutely fantastic,” he said on Sky Sports. “This is going to transcend our game of golf.

“Not just because it’s the Masters, not just because it’s Tiger Woods, but because we all love comebacks. Hollywood is made of comebacks.

“He was like a thoroughbred racehorse. He was just pacing himself all week and, as he got to the finishing line, he put that bit of pressure on.

“His authority put pressure on the leaders and, as they made mistakes, he glided into the lead.

“It’s been a long time since his last rodeo, but he’s certainly not forgotten how to do it.”

Unite States President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: “Watching final hole of @TheMasters. @TigerWoods is looking GREAT!”

- Press Association

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