Tiger Woods’ victory in Augusta drew acclaim from many famous faces, as the golfing great won his 15th major and his first since 2008 in claiming The Masters.
The 43-year-old overcame a two-shot deficit at the start of the final round to leapfrog overnight leader Francesco Molinari, who shot his worst round of the tournament: a two-over-par 74.
But where others failed to take advantage, Woods was solid throughout and played the back nine with the composure of a player who has already won four times at The Masters.
Despite a bogey on the 18th, Woods simply swept home the wining putt from 18-inches, and was greeted by his son, daughter and mother as he left the final green.
Here’s a pick of the reaction from celebrities around the world:
President Donald Trump, a regular golfer himself, was watching the action throughout and paid tribute to Woods’ performance under pressure.
Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy! https://t.co/41MtJtYEjq
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
Former Democrat presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton weren’t going to miss out and also reacted to Tiger’s historic victory on social media.
Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama)
Never give up.
Congratulations, Tiger. https://t.co/W2DtHF0XxU
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton)
A champion’s tribute to another champion. Serena Williams, who has made a sensational comeback herself after giving birth in 2017 (though despite near-misses, she is yet to win a major since her pregnancy) posted a heartfelt message on Twitter.
I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other. 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.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams)
American sporting greats LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Tom Brady also saluted Woods.
Closer to home, an emotional Gary Lineker praised Woods but couldn’t stop himself from describing the American’s Augusta victory as the second most thrilling sporting achievement he has seen. The best? You guessed it: Leicester City winning the Premier League in 2016.
He’s done it. He’s only gone and won it. There’s something in my eye. To use a phrase once used before about @TigerWoods “Oh my goodness...Wow....In your life have you seen anything like that?” 👏👏👏👏
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)
Golfing world heaps praise on Tiger
Tony Finau, who was in Woods’ group in the final round, was gracious in defeat, stating it was a week he would never forget.
Fellow green jacket holder and long-term rival Phil Mickleson was also forthcoming in his praise, saying it was a “special day that will go down in history”.
Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald congratulated Woods online. McIlroy’s wait for a Masters win and a career grand slam goes on, while Poulter ran out of steam on the final day.
And golfing great Jack Nicklaus, who Woods only trails by three now in the standings for most major wins, managed to fly into Georgia just in time to congratulate Woods face-to-face.
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus)
The man himself... and his sponsor
Nike posted a glorious tribute video to Woods in the wake of his Masters victory – it has been viewed more than 18 million times.
— Nike (@Nike)
But the final word has to go to Woods himself, who paid tribute to his family and friends for their support.
I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget. To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for. This jacket sure is comfortable. pic.twitter.com/LsOUX2dWH1
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods)