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Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates with the Masters Trophy during the Green Jacket Ceremony after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. --AFP

AUGUSTA: World leaders and some of the most decorated sports figures alike flooded social media on Sunday to congratulate American Tiger Woods after he clinched his fifth Masters title.

“Congratulations to @TigerWoods,” tweeted U.S. President Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump), who earlier this year played golf with the Woods. “A truly Great Champion!”

“Congratulations, Tiger!” wrote former President Barack Obama (@BarackObama). “To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.”

Woods, who had not clinched a major title in over 10 years, won by just one stroke on a day filled with wild swings in the leader board.

Entering the day tied for second with fellow American Tony Finau at 11 under par, he produced a steady performance to overtake the field.

“I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other,” tweeted 23-times tennis major winner Serena Williams (@serenawilliams). “Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? Wow Congrats a million times! I am so inspired thank you buddy.”

“Congrats Tiger! What a performance,” wrote six-time football Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady (@TomBrady).

“A big BIG congratulations to @TigerWoods for winning the Masters!!” basketball great Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) posted. “The roar of the Tiger is back!”

Woods now has 15 major titles to his name, second only to golf great Jack Nicklaus, who has won 17.--Reuters

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