SportsNation Blog Archives Tiger Woods
This year's Masters tournament brings together some of the best golfers in the world, but there's one notable omission: Tiger Woods won't be there. This is the first Masters without Woods since 1994, and though he hasn't won since 2005, it won't be the same without him.
A 19-year-old Tiger Woods, shown with his father Earl after practice, tied for 41st place at the 1995 tournament as an amateur.
Tiger missed the cut at the 1996 Masters, his final as an amateur.
The 1997 Masters was the first of Tiger's 14 major wins. He was the youngest champion in Masters history at 21 and posted the largest margin of victory ever.
An off year for Tiger, he tied for eighth place at the 1998 Masters.
Tiger won the PGA Championship in 1999 but struggled at the Masters, tying for 18th place.
Perhaps Tiger's most dominant year, he won three of the four major tournaments and came in fifth place at Augusta.
Tiger's fourth straight major championship, albeit spread over two calendar years. He beat out Phil Mickelson by a single stroke.
Back-to-back Masters championships for Tiger. He surged ahead of the field in the final round after finishing Saturday neck-and-neck with Retief Goosen.
The first of consecutive down years for Tiger, he tied for 15th place in the 2003 Masters ...
... and finished out of the top 20 in 2004.
Tiger's final Masters championship to this point. He showed his ability to recover from early struggles after posting a +2 in the first round.
Tiger touched off a six-year streak of finishing in the top 10 in the Masters in 2006 while failing to win in any of those years.
This was the first major that Tiger lost despite holding a lead at some point on Sunday.
Tiger closed the gap on Trevor Immelman in the final round but couldn't overcome a six-stroke deficit.
Tiger's tie for sixth place was a footnote in the 2009 Masters, as Angel Cabrera won an exciting three-man playoff.
Despite putting up an 11-below-par score in his first Masters post-scandal, Tiger couldn't overcome Mickelson's exceptional -16 performance.
Tiger tied for the lead in the final round of the 2011 Masters but fell off late with a costly bogey on the 12th hole.
Tiger struggled in the 2012 Masters, his first since firing longtime caddie Steve Williams.
Tiger posted a 5-under-par performance in the 2013 Masters but was forced to watch Adam Scott win it all with Steve Williams as his caddie.
Thoughts on a Tiger-less Masters?
Golf's major championships are always difficult to predict, but the 2014 Masters is particularly perplexing. An injury-afflicted Woods won't play. None of the recent major winners (Rory McIlroy, 2013 champion Adam Scott, et al) has burned up the course of late. And so we head to Augusta without a clear idea of what will happen. What's your take on this intriguing event? Or do you not find it intriguing with Woods gone?
Tiger Woods out of Masters
Tiger Woods' career-long pursuit of Jack Nicklaus has been delayed yet again. Woods announced that he will miss the Masters after undergoing back surgery for a pinched nerve. It's yet another reminder that, for all of Woods' accumulated talent and drive, he's getting to the point that injuries have become more than just a temporary obstacle and are significantly closing his competitive window.
Will Tiger get healthy for Masters?
Tiger Woods' injury issues won't go away. After back problems forced him to withdraw from the Honda Classic on Sunday then, a week later, contributed to him struggling through a final-day 78 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Woods announced Tuesday he would not play in this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. That Woods is skipping out on one of his favorite courses -- he has won eight times at Bay Hill -- is a big deal, and it puts his participation in the Masters in doubt (he even said it's "too early to know" about playing at Augusta). Will Woods bounce back?
Should Tiger take a break?
For two straight weeks, Tiger Woods was hampered by back problems -- first at the Honda Classic, where he withdrew during the final round March 2, then at Doral, where he hobbled around to a last-day 78. Still, Woods is not planning to slow down. His agent says Woods will play at next week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. Is this the right way to go? What is Tiger's 2014 outlook?