Those errors left him too far back to prevent Woods claiming a remarkable fifth Masters victory and a 15th major championship, with Molinari limping home in 74 to finish two shots off the pace on 11 under par.
Sam was born in June 2007, one day after that year's U.S. Open, so she was a year old when Woods' won his last previous major in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. I believe the way I prepare for tournaments is the best way.
"I was very lucky to be given another chance to do something that I love to do".
It moves him onto 15 majors overall - three behind Jack Nicklaus' record tally of 18 - and caps an incredible return after a barren spell punctuated by injuries during which many feared one of the sport's all-time greats would never return.
Fellow Americans Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka tied for second place at 12 under, while four players - Jason Day, Webb Simpson, Francesco Molinari and Tony Finau - were a further shot back.
Party-pooper Hamilton focused only on winning 1,000th race
And when asked about the Verstappen incident in the post-qualifying press conference, he predictably saw it differently... The Finn registered a 1m33.330s to sneak ahead of Vettel's 1m33.357s, with Max Verstappen a close third for Red Bull .
Since his last major win, he had taken an "indefinite break" from golf in 2009 after admissions of infidelity and the breakdown of his marriage.
But with a surgically-fused back that is allowing him to generate nearly as much power as 20 years ago it would be courageous to bet against a man who has already done the seemingly impossible time and time again. If I tried to swing a club I'd be on the ground in pain, so that's basically all they remember.
"Even when guys were shooting 64 on Saturday, I was just kind of going around, just handling my business, work your way up the board and make sure that I keep myself in the event". I know that I made a few mistakes the last couple tournaments, but it just felt like it was there. "My dad was here in 1997 and now I'm the dad with two kids there".
"I'm a little hoarse from yelling", said Woods, whose last Masters win came back in 2005.
Koepka has said all week he was focused on his own game and not worrying about what anyone else is doing, but that could prove tough come Sunday with the leaders playing right behind him.