'Greatest comeback story in sport!' Stars pay tribute to Tiger Woods

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And even his fellow golfers were delighted for Woods, even Phil Mickelson - who has been doing battle with his compatriot for over 20 years. The Tour's leading money victor for the season, Tom Lehman, collected $1.78 million across 22 events.

But the signs were different when Woods clinched his first title in five years at the Tour Championship in Atlanta last year.

The 43-year old won The Masters on Sunday shooting a two-under 70 at Augusta National, winning the prestigious tournament for the first time since 2005. Lehman's No. 1 total from 1996 would have ranked 69th in 2018, when 114 golfers made at least $1 million and the only events to pay out less than seven figures to their victor were alternate tournaments run the same week as major world contests.

Sunday's thrilling victory puts the former world No.1 just three majors behind the all-time record of Jack Nicklaus.

Johnson left red faced after practice swing gaffe
Only Johnson's pride was hurt because he was allowed to re-tee the ball without penalty because he had not meant to move it. The 2007 Masters champ bounced back in the early going on his second round, moving to one-over par on several occasions.

Then, with Olympic champion Michael Phelps standing behind him on the tee at the par-3 16th, Woods wrapped things up by sticking an 8-iron within 2 feet of the cup for another birdie and a two-stroke lead.

"I felt for a long time he was going to win again", Nicklaus said. "So, you know, he's got me shaking in my boots, guys".

"There will not be a Green Jacket Ceremony on the terrace putting green this afternoon in order to expedite gate closures", an Augusta National official wrote in an email.

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