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PHOTOS: The GREATEST comebacks in sport

April 15, 2019 11:14 IST

A list of some of sport's greatest comebacks after Tiger Woods ended an 11-year major championship drought with victory at The Masters on Sunday:

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Golf: 2019 Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

IMAGE: Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt on the 18th green to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, on Sunday. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The American superstar wins his fifth Masters to claim his first major championship in 11 years.

The triumph completed a remarkable comeback for Woods following years of surgeries and personal problems that convinced many that the American would never again win one of golf's four majors.

The title, his 15th, moves him to within three of all-time leader Jack Nicklaus.

Tennis: 2017 Roger Federer

Roger Federer

IMAGE: A jubilant Roger Federer after beating Rafael Nadal in the final to win the 2017 Australian Open title. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The Swiss, ranked 17th in the world, arrived at the Australian Open in January with minimal expectations after missing the last six months of the 2016 season with a knee injury.

No one expected him to end his five-year barren run at the Slams at Melbourne Park but incredibly, the then 35-year-old came from a break down in the fifth set to beat his great rival Rafael Nadal in the final.

It handed Federer a record-extending 18th Grand Slam title. He has since won two more majors to take his haul to 20.

NFL: 2016 Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

IMAGE: Quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos in action. Photograph: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

After neck surgery almost ended his National Football League career in 2011, Manning was back in the Super Bowl, leading the Denver Broncos to a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Tennis: 1999 Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi

IMAGE: Andre Agassi lifts the 1999 French Open trophy after beating Andrei Medvedev in the final at Roland Garros. Photograph: Al Bello/Allsport/Getty Images

The American was ranked 141st in the world at the end of 1997 but two years later he was world number one in year that included his victory in the 1999 French Open over Andrei Medvedev.

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Baseball: 2004 Boston Red Sox

IMAGE: The Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees 10-3 in game seven of the American League Championship Series, on October 20, 2004. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

The Major League Baseball team erases an 86-year drought that was called the Curse of the Bambino when they won their first World Series title since 1918 after trading Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees.

It came after Boston had rallied from a 0-3 deficit to defeat the Yankees to claim the best of seven American League championship.

Cricket: 2001 India

IMAGE: VVS Laxman, left, is congratulated on reaching his double century by team mate Rahul Dravid. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

India were down and out as they were asked to follow on by Australian captain Steve Waugh in the second Test in Kolkata in 2001. With the tourists holding a 274-run lead and a 1-0 advantage in the series, Waugh's decision appeared to be vindicated when India slumped to 3-115 in their second innings.

However, a remarkable 281 by VVS Laxman and 180 by Rahul Dravid steered India to an exhilarating 171-run victory.

India went on to triumph 2-1 in the series.

Sailing: 2013 Oracle Team USA

IMAGE: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill celebrate after they beat Emirates Team New Zealand in race 19 to win the America's Cup finals on September 25, 2013. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The defending champions retain the America's Cup by winning seven consecutive races against New Zealand in San Francisco Bay after trailing eight races to one and facing elimination with one more loss.

Football: 2012 Manchester City

IMAGE: Manchester City players celebrate with the Premier League trophy after beating Queens Park Rangers, on May 13, 2012. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Manchester City appeared to be suffering a dramatic collapse when they trailed Queens Park Rangers 2-1 on the final day of the season. But two stoppage-time goals just before the final whistle completed a 3–2 win over QPR and secured City the English top-flight title for the first time in 44 years.

It was the first time the Premier League title was decided on goal difference.

City's game-winning goal against QPR came 15 seconds after their cross-town rivals Manchester United had thought, albeit very briefly, that they had won the league title after defeating Sunderland 1–0.

Basketball: 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James

IMAGE: LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photograph: Jason Miller/Getty Images

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers end 52 years of Cleveland sports agony when they defeat the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game Seven of the NBA Finals.

Cleveland major sports teams had not won a championship since Jim Brown led the Cleveland Browns to the National Football League title in 1964.

Football: 2005 Liverpool

IMAGE: Liverpool's players celebrate after winning the Champions League final against AC Milan on May 25, 2005 in Istanbul. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Trailing by three goals at halftime against favourites AC Milan in the Champions League final, Liverpool scored three goals in a dramatic six-minute spell to draw level. They then went on to win their fifth European Cup by defeating the Italians 3-2 on penalties.

Cricket: 1981 England

England were 1-0 down in the Ashes series against Australia after two Tests. With odds of 500-1 against England midway through their second innings at Headingley, Ian Botham struck 149 not out and Bob Willis took eight for 43 to pull off the unlikeliest of victories. England went on to win the series, dubbed Botham's Ashes, 3-1.

Football: 1968 Manchester United

A decade after Manchester United lost eight players in the 1958 Munich air disaster on the way home from a European Cup quarter-final victory against Red Star Belgrade, they became the first English club to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4–1 in the final.

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