AUGUSTA, Ga. — It was soggy, it was gloomy ... and it was amazing.
The final round of the 2019 Masters at Augusta National was electric. Figuratively, during the final round of play. Literally, soon after it ended, or so forecasters insisted.
Tiger Woods charged into the lead on the back nine, grabbing an improbable 15th major title — his first in over a decade — playing the same unwavering, even intimidating style of golf that propelled him to superstardom.
Others faltered down the stretch; Woods catapulted into the lead on No. 12 when both Francesco Molinari and Tony Finau rolled back into Rae's Creek on the par-3.
Xander Schauffele used this amazing 65-footer to squirm his way into the lead for a bit and Patrick Cantlay also made a run to the top for a moment, but the day was Tiger's as he calmly closed out a win with par on each of the final two holes.
All this happened in the most unlikely of scenarios, as players were lumped into threesomes and sent out early, all in an attempt to beat what forecasters insisted would be hellacious lightning storms in the later afternoon.
Here's a look at the final leaderboard, as well as five things you need to know about the magical Masters on Sunday:
1. IT WAS ALL ABOUT TIGER
Woods had an even front nine with three birdies and two bogeys, but he was just one behind Molinari when they made the turn, thanks to a scintillating two-putt on No. 9 that almost went down. Woods started the 70-foot putt sideways into an embankment, then watched it reverse course to roll within under a foot.
On the back nine, Woods continued with his solid play as others started to struggle.
Woods birdied the par-5 No. 13 and then took the lead outright with a scintillating birdie on No. 16 — dropping an iron at the top of the green and rolling it back just past the hole.
For Woods, the victory was his first at Augusta National since 2005.
2. NO JACKET (CEREMONY) REQUIRED
With the weather crashing in, tournament organizers announced that there would not be an outdoor green jacket ceremony, mostly in an attempt to get patrons off the grounds as quickly as possible.
But due to the historic nature of Woods' victory, and a brief dry patch in the afternoon, Woods still had came outside for a spell. Here's a photo gallery of Woods raising the trophy and adding another green jacket to his closet.
Speaking of the green jacket, there are some great facts in this article, including an interesting note on the manufacturer (which has remained consistent for three decades).
3. PHIL FALTERS, BUT HE HAD A MOMENT
When it came to finding the green on the par-4 No. 5, players had trouble all week.
But Phil Mickelson has always specialized in being a little different from the crowd.
On Sunday, the three-time Masters champ piped a drive down the right side of the fairway, leaving himself 215 yards to an elevated green. He followed with his best shot of the day, an iron that he nearly holed out for eagle. Instead, Mickelson tapped the short putt in for just the 13th birdie of the week on that hole.
Mickelson finished with a 71 on Sunday and finished the tournament at 6-under par.
“It just didn't quite all come together this week, but gosh it was a fun week and it is my favorite week of the year,” he said. “I love being here and love the fact that I get to be a part of this tournament for the rest of my life.”
4. BIG FAME, BIG PAYDAY
You can't put a price on the fame that comes with being a Masters champion, but you can put a price on the paycheck Woods will take home, and that's a record-breaking amount.
For the first time ever, the winner will take home more than $2 million, as John Boyette of the Augusta Chronicle details in this story.
From Boyette's story:
The prize money is a far cry from the early days of the tournament, when Horton Smith collected $1,500 for winning the first Augusta National Invitation Tournament.
First-place money at the Masters increased to $2,500 after World War II, and more than quadrupled to $11,250 when Arnold Palmer won for the first time in 1958.
5. THERE'S A LOT TO SWALLOW AT THE MASTERS
Got an umbrella in your right hand? That doesn't mean you can't hold an egg salad sandwich in your left when walking Augusta National.
Golf columnist Joel Helm of the Lakeland Ledger offers a number of meaty tidbits in this story about food at the Masters, including this passage about the renowned egg salad:
The egg salad sandwich, the second most famous item on the menu, is best eaten with your left hand. It’s been around for a long time, and if you come to the Masters without experiencing one, you’re doing yourself a disservice. For many Patrons, the egg salad sandwich is their favorite item, and The Masters is their favorite place to eat it.
Like Phil Mickelson, you can find the egg salad sandwich pretty much everywhere, all over the grounds.
Here's a link to a photo gallery from Sunday's action.
And here's live news from reporters who are at Augusta (and tweeting) this week:
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