By Robert Woolf

APRIL 10

Tiger Woods sinks chip to win Masters- 2005

The 2005 Masters was a great showdown between golf legend, Tiger Woods, and there is always one guy that Tiger beats in dramatic fashion. This time, it was played by American Chris DiMarco. Tiger was up by three strokes coming into the round, but then amazingly, DiMarco came back. However, the greatest play in that tournament came on the final day, on the 16th hole. Off the green, Tiger had to aim his chip about 20 feet to the left of the hole. DiMarco, however, needed to make the putt to tie Tiger. That is, of course if Tiger missed. But does Tiger ever miss in these situations? Of course not. Tiger proceeded to hit his shot, which rolled all the way up and back down the green. It stopped on the lip of the cup for a second, before dropping in the hole. DiMarco, still amazed by Tiger’s shot, wound up missing his putt and giving Tiger a two stroke lead.

 

Because keeping a two stroke lead for Tiger is too easy, he ended up bogeying back-to-back holes, while DiMarco went par on 17 and par on 18. Woods and DiMarco were tied at -12 after the tournament and forced only the 13th playoff in the 71 years of the Masters. This was the first playoff ever to start on the 18th hole. Both players put drives on the fairway, but Tiger knocked his on the green while DiMarco didn’t.  This proved to be the difference in the playoff. Even though DiMarco put his chip to just 5 feet, Woods sank a 15-foot birdie putt for the win and his fourth green jacket. DiMarco explained it perfectly after the tournament saying “I went out and shot a 68 around here on Sunday, which is a very good round, and 12-under is usually good enough to win. It was just I was playing against Tiger Woods”.

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