Sport24.co.za | Tiger thanks family & fans, tweets picture of green jacket

Cape Town – Masters champion Tiger Woods has thanked his “family, friends and fans” for their support after the golfing superstar claimed his 15th Major at Augusta National on Sunday.

Starting the final round two strokes adrift of leader Francesco Molinari, Woods posted a 2-under par 70 to win by a single stroke from a trio of American compatriots, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele.

Woods’ 15th Major moves him to within three of all-time leader, Jack Nicklaus.

The win was Woods’ first since the 2008 US Open and his first Masters victory since 2005.

Woods’ mother, son, daughter and girlfriend were all supporting green-side as he walked off the 18th hole.

Once the formalities had taken place and the euphoria had died down, Woods took to Twitter to write to his nearly 6.5 million followers, “I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget. To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for. This jacket sure is comfortable.”

Woods will get the chance to add to his Major tally at the PGA Championship which will be contested Bethpage State Park’s Black Course from May 16-19.

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