Tigers charge falls short


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods posted his best final-round in a Masters Sunday with a 5-under-par 67, but he knew it could have been so much better.

After electrifying Augusta National with a front-nine charge with his 31, Woods cooled off and failed to convert chances on the back nine. He finished four shots back in a tie for fourth.

“I should have shot an easy 3 or 4 under on the back nine, and I only posted even,” Woods said.

Eleven major championships have now passed since Woods won his 14th and last major. That’s the most consecutive majors to be played without a Woods’ victory since he turned pro in 1996. After he won the U.S. Open in 2002, 10 majors passed until he won again at the 2005 Masters. He’s winless over his last 17 PGA Tour starts, since he won the BMW Championship in September of 2009.

Seven shots back to start the day, Woods got in the hunt quickly. He found himself tied for the lead shortly after making eagle at the eighth hole. He made four birdies, an eagle and a bogey on that wild front side.

“When you’re playing with Tiger on Sunday, and he’s making a charge up the leaderboard, it doesn’t get much better than that,” said Martin Laird, who played alongside Woods.

On the back, Woods lost momentum, missing a 3-foot putt for par at the 12th hole and missing a 3-footer for eagle at the 15th. He converted one birdie chance on the back nine with his putter growing cold.

“Could have capitalized some more,” Woods said.

Since winning the Masters in '05, here's how he's finished at Augusta National: T-3, T-2, 2, T-6, T-4, T-4.