Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tiger Woods Wins At August; 2005 Masters

 On April 10, 2005, Tiger Woods, with three holes left in the Masters and a one-shot lead over Chris DiMarco, makes history.

On hole 16, a par-three, DiMarco was looking at a solid chance for a birdie, while Woods had an impossible 30-foot putt on the fringe of the green. With Woods going first. DiMarco had a phenomenal shot at coming away with a share of the lead.

Tiger Woods after sinking what is considered his best putt on the 16th hole at Augusta in the 2005 Masters.
But in one of the vintage putts of his career, Woods' slow-rolling chip slowly curved its way near the hole, stopping on a dime an inch from the cup before dropping in, and the crowd on hand went absolutely bezerk. "Under the circumstances, it's one of the best shots I've ever hit, because it's the turning point," Woods said. "If Chris makes the putt, I make bogey, all of a sudden it's a different ballgame. ... It looked pretty good, then really good, then how could it not go in, then it went in," said Woods in a press conference after the Masters.

After Woods' make, DiMarco missed his birdie opportunity, leaving Woods with a two-stroke lead with two holes to go.
Tiger Woods with his 2005 Masters Trophy from August National.

But Tiger bogeyed on 17 and 18, leaving the door open for DiMarco, who paned holes to force a playoff.

In the sudden-death playoff, Woods' sunk a 15-foot birdie attempt on the first hole, ending the tournament in dramatic fashion and giving Woods' his first major since 2002. Afterward, Woods was given the coveted green jacket by Phil Mickelson, his rival, who had won the tournament the year before.

Besides the putt on 16 which is considered Woods' best putt, winning the Masters was notable for Woods, as he has ended his highly-publicized slump. One in which Woods had gone 10 straight majors without a win.