From the sex scandal that ended his marriage, to the four back operations that culminated in a spinal fusion two years ago, he has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
It marks his 15th major title and his first since 2008.
It had been 11 years since Tiger Woods had last won a major tournament.
Woods now has 15 major titles overall, just three behind Jack Nicklaus' record of 18.
Francesco Molinari wasn't the first player to be fooled by the swirling winds at Augusta National's 12hole and have his title chances at the Masters washed away by Rae's Creek, but the company he keeps probably didn't help in the heat of the moment. When I tapped in I don't know what I did, I know I screamed. So for them to see what it's like to have their dad win a major, I hope that's something they will never forget.
"It's overwhelming just because I was very lucky just to be playing again", added in Butler Cabin.
Professionally, it's an impressive comeback for sure after Woods' was forced to undergo surgeries for back and leg injuries that almost ended his career.
"It will be up there with one of the hardest with all I've had to win because of what transpired in the last couple of years", added Woods.
Paired together in the final round of last year's British Open, won by the Italian at Carnoustie, Molinari and Woods found themselves in the last group again battling for a major title.
Clinging to a two-stroke lead through 11 holes following a scrappy first nine Molinari was concerned his 9-iron at the 155-yard 12 hole could get caught by a gust. The two double bogeys ended his Green Jacket bid. I am so happy for him and for the game of golf.