He also set a record for the longest gap between Masters triumphs, the 14-year spread one year longer than the old mark set by South African Gary Player from 1961 to 1974.
American star Woods ended his 11-year wait for a major title by claiming a one-stroke victory at the Masters on Sunday.
Woods emerged over the final few holes from a crowded leaderboard to win his first major in years. He took a selfie in front of a TV screen, apparently at home, showing Woods in the background walking up the fairway en route to his win. Due to inclement weather expected in the afternoon, the iconic post-round celebration of the Masters victor has been nixed in part because officials want to expedite gate closures.
In a desperate attempt to get the season's first major across the finish line before the storm hit, officials pushed up start times and sent golfers off in threesomes from both the first and 10th tees.
"During huge events like this, everyone steps up".
With his win Sunday, the debate on whether Woods can catch Nicklaus has renewed.
"When Jack won, there were still a lot of players on the course". With the final group still in the 15th fairway, there was a five-way tie for the lead.
"Put it over the center bunker and you're not going to be bad", he said. Grown men were absolutely giddy with excitement about the prospects of Tiger winning again.
On 16, a par 3, his tee shot rolled within two feet of the hole, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
Advised by doctors not to travel because of a heart condition, Earl Woods insisted on going, and when he embraced Tiger on that Sunday in April 1997, the father cried like a baby in his son's arms.
"I was very fortunate to be given another chance to do something that I love to do", Woods said. "We saw it with his dad". As he's been known to do, Woods pulled off an incredible escape shot.
"One of the great moments of any Masters is when the leaders walk from 11 to 12".