Tiger's Costliest Masters Mistakes
The five shots that kept Tiger Woods from claiming his fifth green jacket
April 11, 2011
First Round (No. 8)
The tee shot that put Woods in this massive fairway bunker wasn't awful, but it kept him from going for the green in two and symbolized his inability to take advantage of the par 5s on Thursday and Saturday. On those two days, a large part of his struggles could be attributed to the fact he was a combined two under on the four par 5s. In each of his two better rounds, Woods was four under. On this particular day, a birdie on No. 6 got him into red numbers, but a disappointing par here stalled any early momentum.
Third Round (No. 18)
Woods didn't hit it terribly during Saturday's third-round 74, but he managed to shoot about the worst score possible thanks to a sloppy short game. Never was this more evident than on the closing hole, when after a perfect drive, his approach went a little long. Instead of salvaging par, though, Woods hit this clunky chip shot and missed the putt for a finishing bogey. Of course, missing a par putt from inside of three feet earlier in the round on No. 11 didn't help either.
Final Round (No. 12)
After a front-nine 31 that vaulted him to the top of the leader board, Woods needed to get through the difficult stretch of holes 10-12 in even par before making a final move. He appeared ready to do it after easy pars at 10 and 11 and landing his tee shot safely on the middle of the 12th green. But Tiger's birdie attempt ran about three feet past the cup and after a lengthy wait for playing partner Martin Laird to hole out, Woods missed the easy come-backer.
Final Round (No. 13)
A shocking three-putt on the previous hole left Woods needing to be agressive on this easy par 5 and he struck a perfect drive to put him in position to attack the flagstick with his second shot. But Tiger hit a double cross just over the back of the green and failed to get up-and-down to lose even more ground to a bunched group of contenders near the top of the leader board.
Final Round (No. 15)
Even after debilitating miscues at No. 12 and 13, Woods dug down and hit two perfect shots on the par-5 15th to set up a golden opportunity for eagle. But like the short putt on 12, Tiger tried to hammer the ball home and it caught the edge and missed leaving the 14-time major champion and his gallery stunned. He settled for birdie and parred the final three holes to finish T-4 and come up short of winning a fifth Masters title.