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April 12, 2010

Phil Michelson wins Masters; Tiger Woods finishes fourth

Posted: 08:16 AM ET

We know at least one thing about Tiger Woods that hasn't changed: He still doesn't have to play his best golf to get into contention at a major championship.

Woods proved that with one of the most Jekyll-and-Hyde weekends of his career at the 74th Masters. He made seven birdies in Saturday's third round but didn't break 70 and lost ground to the leaders. His highlight video from Sunday's final round might convince you that Woods shot 64 and won this Masters by six strokes. A package of his bad shots from the same round would make you think he's a 3-handicapper who shot 89. The truth was somewhere in between: this was one of the ugliest rounds of three-under-par you've ever seen.

Skeptics who doubted that Tiger could survive 72 holes of Augusta National this week got a boost right off the first tee when he pull-hooked his opening drive into the adjoining ninth fairway. His 40-yard pitch from in front of the green — a bread and butter shot for an in-form Tiger — was lucky to remain on the back fringe of the green and led to a bogey that put an immediate crimp on his chances to win, and sent exactly the wrong message to the leaders, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood, that he wasn't going to breathe down their necks.

Still, Woods still has the never-say-die spirit in him. When he holed out with a wedge from the seventh fairway for an eagle — a kind of I-can-top-you-Phil moment after Mickelson's hole-out for eagle at the 14th on Saturday, the loudest roar of the week — then followed it up with birdies at the eighth and ninth holes, it appeared he might still be a factor. But that was as close as Tiger ever got.

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I'M RIGHT DUDE   April 12th, 2010 8:50 am ET

WHO CARES. WE'VE HEARD ENOUGH ABOUT TIGERS TAIL FOR A LIFETIME.


pat davis   April 12th, 2010 8:58 am ET

All this golf lingo.....I'm confused.....Did he do good or bad?


Eddie   April 12th, 2010 9:02 am ET

TIGER WOODS IS STILL A NAME THAT WILL GO DOWN IN THE HISTORY OF GOLF. PLUS HE WILL ME MENTIONED IN EVERY RACIST JOKE ABOUT A BLACK MAN, WHORE, PROSTITUTE AND BROTHEL BY EVERY NARROW MINDED IDIOT THAT LIVES & BREATHS!! BY EVERY WOMAN WHO'S NEVER BEEN IN LOVE & EVERY MAN WITH PENIS ENVY! WE'LL NEVER HEAR THE END OF TIGER WOODS! HE STEPPED INTO A WHITE MANS SPORT AND DOMINATED IT! HE STOMPED A HOLE IN IT!!! PEOPLE LOVE TO BUILD YOU UP AND BREAK YOU DOWN. UNLESS YOU DRUG MINORS, GET ARRESTED FOR THREATENING TO MURDER YOU WIFE, AND ARE A BRIGHT SHADE OF PALE YOU'RE NEWS.................


Dodie   April 12th, 2010 11:02 am ET

4th for Tiger is not very good; however, I am sure his game will progress once he gets back into the 'swing' of things. His fame will prevail with golfing.that is assured.


Judie   April 12th, 2010 11:52 am ET

Sorry but who cares about Tiger he made his bed....how can you go on the course and not think about all the drama that has been going on in your life?It's bound to make your game off.Retire Tiger you are all washed up.


Geeeee   April 12th, 2010 12:40 pm ET

Like him or not, Tiger will always be at the center of every Golf tournament he plays in because from a golfs point of view, he is still the best player alive today bar none. I give Miclkleson his due applause for winning but until he puts up the number of consistent wins as Tiger he will still never be compared with the "Greatest" golfers of all time. Lets see how many matches Phil wins this year. Tiger usually average more wins than every other player and in case you have not noticed has been ranked #1 for years worldwide. So get use to it ........ the Greatest do not go away overnight. I do not condone his personal life but realize but still realize a History changing individual when I see one. I am happy to have witnessed what he has accomplished and will cointinue to achieve in the coming years.


Chris   April 12th, 2010 1:55 pm ET

@Judie,
Stay tuned; I want to post your last sentence back to you someday. Hope you will be able to laugh about such a huge mistake; others will.


Triny   April 12th, 2010 2:10 pm ET

To Judie:

Sorry to rain on your tirade but Tiger is all but washed up. Obviously the events of the last several months would weigh on anyone, but Tiger Woods is still the greatest golfer in the history of golf and this is just one game. So stop being so premature.


Judie   April 12th, 2010 2:30 pm ET

@
The only way he will come back is if he can think straight... and meeza
don't think that's gonna happen....unless they have a golf re-hab where he can check himself into? Yeah that should make things better😉


pat davis   April 12th, 2010 4:50 pm ET

Tiger was playing all along with these extra marital affairs going on and no one ever knew. So he's going to continue playing golf the same. He has no conscious about his wrong doings. He's all about Tiger. These rehearsed press conferences he's made have not convinced me at all that he is sorry for his actions. If he could play golf while sleeping with a harem of women.... gettin' caught isn't going to change his game much. Tiger isn't sorry for his actions, he's sorry he got caught. Tiger is suffering right now from humiliation and that's ALL. If he really wanted to work on his marriage/family he wouldn't be competing in tournaments already. It's not like he's suffering financially. He's STILL all about Tiger!


Gerald Jolly   April 12th, 2010 6:52 pm ET

Given the stess he's been under for the past four months including no practice time.

I think coming fourth at the masters is a great achievement in itself.

Also it was gratifying to see the thousands of folks cheerinh hin on.

Go for it Tiger.

You're back.


geo   April 12th, 2010 8:49 pm ET

Phil, a class act !


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   April 13th, 2010 6:19 am ET

Phil Michelson did look good. Tiger looked disappointed with himself. Can tell he doesn't like being on the losing end. I wonder if Tiger will get that "FIRE IN HIS BELLY" back again.

Well considering what Tiger Woods has been through.......... it's amazing he's back and playing so soon, even at all. Is his heart still in it? We better not write him off just yet, I think. Will see!


Theresa   April 13th, 2010 3:57 pm ET

I think Tiger has more stress now...he has to live now as if he is a changed man. Talk is cheap!!! When he said he was a changed man after 45 days in rehab ..I'm afraid that was a hallucination,wishful thinking!!!! To live a sedate life,your only entertainment your beautiful wife & family. No more throwing of the clubs,no more profanity...to pretend you're enjoying the typical routine of an ordinary life would be a drastic change for him! The temptation of an exciting,surreal way of living is sometimes very difficult to give up. What you say & how you live can be 2 very different existences!!!


pat davis   April 15th, 2010 7:49 pm ET

@ Theresa....You are absolutely right Tiger lead this double life for SO many years, I'm sure he is MISERABLE right now trying to convince Elin and the world that he's a " Good boy " now!


Timeonics   April 19th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Tiger. Golf is still about Tiger in match play period


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