By Kyle Johansen @kylejohansen on April 2, 2014
No one has won the Masters more times than Jack Nicklaus, who holds the record with six green jacket wins, however, Tiger has been closing in on this record and is tied with Arnold Palmer for second place with a total of four Masters victories. As Tiger Woods will not be taking part in the 2014 Masters Tournament due to surgery on a pinched nerve in his back, let’s take a look back at his five greatest Masters performances.
As a four-time defending champion, Tiger finished in second place to Trevor Immelman in the 72nd Masters Tournament. Tiger was 5-under for the tournament and finished three strokes back of the lead. Tiger began the final round in fifth place, six shots behind Immelman, and while Immelman gave back three strokes that day, Tiger finished Sunday’s round with an even par-72, giving him his second finish of second place at the Masters.
Tiger began with a disappointing 2-over round of 74, but came back with a 66 on Friday to put him at 4-under. After a 65 on Saturday, Tiger had a three-stroke lead heading into the final round. Tiger shot 71 on Sunday while Chris DiMarco came back with a 68 to force a playoff. The playoff took place at the 18th hole, where both players split the fairway off the tee, but Tiger buried a 15-foot birdie putt to take home the green jacket.
Through the first two rounds at the 66th Masters Tournament, Tiger Woods was waiting in the weeds at 5-under as Vijay Singh led at 9-under. On Saturday, Woods came roaring to life as he shot a 6-under 66, putting him in a tie for the lead with Retief Goosen at -11. Tiger held his lead with a score of 71 in the final round, putting him at 12-under for the tournament as he won by three strokes.
Chris DiMarco opened the 65th Masters Tournament with the lowest score of the week, shooting a 65, five strokes ahead of Tiger. After round two, Tiger was at 8-under, two strokes behind DiMarco. By the conclusion of Saturday, Tiger had vaulted himself to the lead at 12-under, one stroke ahead of Phil Mickelson. With a score of 68 in the final round, Tiger held off a late surge by David Duval and finished at 16-under for a two-stroke victory.
At just 21 years old, the 1997 Masters Tournament was Tiger Woods’ epic coming out party. Woods was unmatched in this tournament as he ran laps around the field, setting records for largest margin of victory (12), lowest four-day score of 270 (-18) as well as becoming the youngest player to win the Masters and the first non-white player to win the green jacket. Tom Kite finished a distant second place at 6-under par.
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