AUGUSTA, Ga. – A week that began with Tiger Woods favored to win his fifth green jacket ended with him producing his worst Masters finish as a professional.
The finish – 72-75-72-74 for a 5-over 293 total – is shocking because of the flashes of brilliance Woods showed two weeks ago in his dominating victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Instead, Woods never gained momentum and was a shell of his former self, especially on the par 5s all week, the same holes he dominated during his four historic runs.
In the 16 par 5s for the week, Woods only produced two birdies and one bogey, playing them in 1 under.
“I played the par 5s atrociously,” Woods said. “This is a golf course you just have to dominate the par 5s, and I did not do that at all this week.”
Woods didn’t do anything well this week. He hit 40 of 72 greens in regulation, 32 of 56 fairways and took 114 putts. Hit putting was better than it had been previously this year, but the most significant putts he made were to save par, not birdie.
“Well you’re not going to play well every week,” Woods said. “I had the wrong ball-striking week at the wrong time. Unfortunately I hit more shots than most guys did today, or this week.”
Woods tied for 40th. Previously his worst finish as a professional was a tie for 22nd place. In his two Masters starts as an amateur Woods tied for 41st and missed the cut.