The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Tiger Woods Barely Wins The Masters
Originally posted 4/11/2005

A disgusted Tiger Woods reacts after barely managing to win The Masters
AUGUSTA, GA - A slumping Tiger Woods continued to search in vain for his "A" game this weekend, barely winning The Masters in a sudden-death playoff over Chris DiMarco. Woods, whose previous three Masters victories came in relatively decisive fashion, had not won a major tournament in his last ten tries and has yet to prove he can once again dominate in the Grand Slams.

"I don't know what it is with me the last few years," said Woods as he was presented his green jacket by 2004 Masters champion Phil Mickelson. "I can't seem to get it together. In 1997 I won here by 12 strokes and I set the all-time tournament scoring record. Now need to go to a playoff; I can't even win the tournament in the normal amount of holes. I've got to figure out what's wrong."

"Tiger's too good to stay down for long," said fifth-place finisher and former Masters champion Vijay Singh, whom Woods almost didn't overtake in the rankings to once again become the No. 1 player in the world. "You know one of these days, pretty soon, he's going to put it all together and pull out of this slump of his."

"Tiger can't be too proud of this one," said CBS commentator Jim Nantz. "Really, if his lucky putt didn't drop in on the 16th, and if DiMarco's chip at 18 had dropped in like it probably should have, Tiger wouldn't even have won at all. That was a pretty sorry display, if you ask me. They probably shouldn't even have given him the whole green jacket. Maybe just one of the sleeves."

"I'm at a loss as far as what to do now," said a dejected Woods, who at one point in 2001 held all four of golf's major titles simultaneously. "I guess it's just back to the drawing board."

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