His win relieves the pressure--about his swing, his major drought and his quest to catch Nicklaus.
Luke Donald, David Howell
These unheralded Englishmen tied for third and finished 11th, respectively, showing that at least a few of the great young European players have grown up out of the spotlight.
Like your average Joe Golfer, most pros have gone soft, but for the few players who still wear the metal variety, these stubbies are certain to become de rigueur.
A month after the death of his grandson, the Golden Bear made a graceful exit from the tournament that, thanks to his six wins there, has defined his career.
The super amateur and UNLV senior finished at one under, good enough for 13th and an automatic invite next year, when he'll be a pro--but not necessarily on the PGA Tour.
Rain so disrupted and scattered play that most of the best golf--including Tiger's Sunday morning birdie binge--didn't occur during the telecast.
Nicklaus floated the idea of a mid-week event for senior past champions, letting them be part of the Masters without playing in the tournament. It deserves consideration.
The Big Three?
With Woods's victory, the trio of Tiger, Phil (left) and Vijay Singh has won in seven of 14 '05 Tour events.
Losing is never fun, but it's not all bad for DiMarco. For two straight years he's had a front-row seat for the final round at the Masters.
He opened with a 77 and missed the cut. If he's not careful, he may lose his shot at the best-player-never-to-have-won-a-major label.
After Phil Mickelson got hazed for tap dancing around the greens with extralong cleats, players won't want to wear them--and they shouldn't.
Even though he played only because his grandkids asked him to, the 1970 champion should've known better. A 106 with a 14 on one hole? Ouch!
Last year's amateur sensation--he was 13th in '04--flunked Q school and has struggled all year as a pro. He made the cut in Augusta but faded by going 74-76 on the weekend.
When the Lords of Augusta had a chance to get play back on schedule with an 8 a.m. start on Friday, they blew it by waiting until 9:45. They swear it wasn't for TV, but....
We'll be chewing over this thing for months, and it's already tired. Let's go to Vijay versus Phil on pay-per-view or drop it altogether.
The Other Two
Ernie Els (right) has two Euro W's and Retief Goosen four top 10s, but they have no U.S. wins.
Number of birdies made by Tiger Woods last week, the most ever for a Masters champion.
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