It had been 14 years since he last won the Masters and 11 years since his last victory in a major.
"Congratulations, Tiger!" former president Obama tweeted. While down 11% from last year's much later PM broadcast Masters Final Round, Woods' first major US victory since 2008 is the best any early AM golf airing has done in 34 years on any network.
"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".
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was seen in the crowd at the Masters, rooting for Golf icon Tiger Woods.
Played back when Ronald Reagan was in the White House, the 1985 Masters was won by Bernhard Langer.
"So cool seeing him with Tida, Sam, Charlie, Erica and the rest of the team behind 18 green". "It's a painful day for William Hill - our biggest golf loss ever - but a great day for golf".
Aged 43, Woods became the second-oldest Masters victor, trailing only Jack Nicklaus who won 46 in 1986. "This is just fantastic!"
Ominously, Bogdanovich also remarked: "If Tiger wins we will obviously get toasted".
"For most an impossible task".
"You can be a part of history and you cannot shake Tiger's hand? Wow". So great for the game of golf. "This is Greatness like no other", Williams wrote on Twitter. "A big BIG congratulations to @TigerWoods for winning the Masters!"
Colin says Tiger has amazingly established this unique ability to be beloved by the American public even though he's lived a life that would normally incite quite the opposite reaction.
"The win at East Lake was a big confidence booster for me because I had come close previous year a couple times, still had to get it across the finish line and didn't quite do it". "Congrats @TigerWoods Let me hold one of those 5 jackets one time!"
Woods finally found time to respond to all his well-wishers late on Sunday night.