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'He looked like the Tiger of old' - Guy Heveldt on Woods' sensational Masters victory

Tiger Woods' major win in Augusta this morning had plenty of drama - the famous red shirt, the fairy tale comeback, the roaring crowds.

1 NEWS sport reporter Guy Heveldt told TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning Woods' win at the Masters had a bit of everything.

"This is enormous in sport," Heveldt said.

"It was just two years that Tiger was overheard at the champions' dinner at Augusta telling someone, 'I'm done. There's no way I'm making it back to the top of golf'.

"I think he started to believe this year but I don't even think he thought he'd be able to get to where he is today."

Woods reined in overnight leader Francesco Molinari and kept the likes of Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka at bay on the back nine this morning to win the title.

Heveldt says the 43-year-old's presence helped him take out his rivals.

"It's a mental game for his opponents to try and forget about the Tiger Woods factor.

"It was at the sixth hole when Molinari was teeing off - usually the other players stand quite behind the player teeing off - but Tiger was just in line with Frencesco or slightly ahead just so he could get that glimpse of the red of Tiger just in his peripheral vision.

"That would've got in his head."

Molinari dropped out of the running quickly after he hit two balls into the water on the 12th and 15th while Woods remained composed to take the lead.

"Tiger saw his opening, took it and never looked back and that's what Tiger used to do in his prime," Heveldt said.

"He looked like the Tiger of old."

Heveldt said this win could spark a revival for Woods - and Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major wins could be in his sights.

He now has 15. 

"I don't think we can underestimate what this does for his belief.

"After one win and a win like that, you now think 'there's no way he doesn't get there'.

"I don't think there's any way he doesn't get to 18."

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The 1 NEWS Sport reporter says Woods' 15th major could do wonders for both him and the sport. Source: Breakfast


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