All hail Woods! Trump, Serena, Nicklaus join Tiger Twitter frenzy

Williams, 37, took to Twitter Sunday to voice her support for the 15-time major championship victor.

Whether he truly believed that he'd never return to professional golf again we'll perhaps never know, but Tiger underwent spinal fusion surgery nearly two years ago to the day, an operation that along with the levels of determination and desire to return that only some champions have, put him back on the road to recovery. "We just witnessed history". When I tapped the putt in - I don't know what I did. "Even the one on 12, I hit it exactly where I wanted to and the wind can kind of make you look stupid on that hole". "But in my lifetime, I don't think I've seen a comeback like this".

The mystery U.S. punter placed an $85,000 (£64,900) bet on Woods winning the Masters with William Hill, two days before the tournament teed off, winning the life-changing sum from the 14/1 odds.

Eleven years since his last triumph at a major and 14 years since he had last donned the Green Jacket, Woods finished one shot ahead of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele to secure a 15 major.

"The USGA has gotten the short end of the stick on the weather both times we've been here", Woods said after the 2009 tournament. "I saw this as something that potentially could happen. I know I screamed".

He talked about his overall comeback, his frank discussion with his caddie after early back-to-back bogeys, his calmness, his gum-chewing (curbs his appetite, he claims) and which majors are most special to him (this one was "right up there").

"I thought for a long time that he was going to win again", Nicklaus said Sunday night on Golf Channel.

Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.

"I don't ever pull against anybody", Nicklaus said. "He's been there a lot, been there more than anybody, but it had been a while since he'd been there here, had a chance to win here".

When the back nine started the punter was probably sweating a little bit, with Woods two shots behind Francesco Molinari and the Italian not looking in any danger of slipping up.

It was only two years ago at Augusta National that Woods needed a nerve block just to hobble upstairs to the Champions Dinner, unsure he would ever play another round of golf.

Nicklaus added: "I felt for a long time he was going to win again".

Others were ruder, but Reed did later shake Woods' hand when they re-enacted the green jacket presentation in front of the fans.

"I can't think of a better comeback in my lifetime", 2007 Masters victor Zach Johnson said. "At that point, I'll hopefully have a few under my own belt".

"You can't say enough about Tiger and what he's done for the game". If the Masters is the most memorable of his 15 majors, Pebble Beach remains his greatest performance. I'm going to play a little bit less than I did past year.

The comeback goes beyond the two-shot deficit he erased before a delirious audience that watched memories turn into reality. "I learned from those, and was able to seal the deal today".