Augusta National officials had scrapped the usual 18th-green presentation of the green jacket, wanting to clear the course before expected severe weather moved in.
Tiger Woods captured his 15th major title with an epic back-nine rally in the final round at the U.S. Masters Tournament on Sunday, making a mighty comeback after his 11-year major drought.
In 2002 he emulated Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus in winning back-to-back Masters.
National Basketball Association stars LeBron James and Steph Curry also expressed their admiration, although Curry hoped for a little more from Woods as a result of him claiming a fifth green jacket.More news: Tiger Woods in position to end 11 year drought
"Luckily I had the procedure on my back, which gave me a chance at having a normal life".
"I'm a little hoarse from yelling", said Woods, whose last Masters win came back in 2005. It was two years ago at the Masters when Woods said he needed a nerve block just to walk to the Champions Dinner.
But after a beaming Woods slipped on his fifth Green Jacket, he will be aware that Sunday's win has brought him tantalizingly close to another Nicklaus record - that of six Augusta titles.
"To have my kids there, it's come full circle; my dad was here (when I won) in 1997 and now I'm the dad with two kids here". It was an incredible buzz to follow what was going on and yet still focus on what I was trying to do out there.More news: Chinese Grand Prix - 14 April 2019
The reworked fifth hole, a trouble spot for Woods all week, was once again a headache for the former world number one and he carded a bogey for the fourth straight day. There was a lot of times when I really couldn't move, and so that in itself is hard.
Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau.
"This is definitely, probably one of the greatest comebacks I think anybody's ever seen", Koepka said, before rattling off Woods' total PGA Tour victories and 15 majors.
'Maybe next time would have been better for me, but it was nice to be out with him, he played well, hit the right shots at the right time and he deserved to win.More news: Michael Avenatti charged with 36 counts: Embezzlement, fraud, cheating on taxes
Even with the subsequent double bogey, Molinari was still in the hunt until a poorly played 15th hole, compounded by a bit of bad luck, finally sunk him. I wasn't going to let that happen to them twice. It was the double bogeys that cost him, and the Italian was gracious as ever in defeat.