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Tiger Woods is arguably the biggest name in golf and in his 23-year professional career he has managed to win 14 Majors. Four of these Majors were in the Masters tournament, but he hasn’t tasted success at Augusta since 2005 and will be eager to win the green jacket for a fifth time.
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In this article we will take a look back at the legend’s four Masters wins to date, starting with his first, which he won in his second year as a professional.
Having turned professional in 1996, his performance in the 1997 Masters put him on the map straight away. He shot 70 in the first round to leave himself in fourth place, three strokes off the lead.
It was in the second round that Woods began to take control, as he shot 66 to take the lead, leaving him three strokes clear of second-placed Colin Montgomerie. With a 65 in the third round, he further extended his lead at the top, as he was nine strokes clear by the end of round three.
It would take one of the biggest capitulations in golfing history for Woods not to win his first Major. Instead, he again improved on his lead, scoring 69 to finish the tournament 12 strokes clear of Tom Kite in second.
By the time Woods played in the 2001 Masters, he had already completed the grand slam, having won the PGA Championship in 1999 and U.S. Open and the Open Championship in 2000.
At the end of the first round, Woods hadn’t even made the top 10, but that wouldn’t matter, as he soon made up for it in the second. A round of 66 left the American in tied-second with Phil Mickelson, two strokes behind Chris DiMarco.
Woods pulled away in the third round and finished a stroke clear of Mickelson to take top spot. In a nervy battle in the final round, Tiger Woods was battling Phil Mickelson and David Duval for the green jacket. Woods managed to end the tournament as the winner, two strokes clear of Duval.
Augusta golf course would witness two consecutive Masters wins for Tiger, as he returned to the course in 2002 to defend his crown. Much like his 2001 win, he started the tournament poorly, sitting in tied-seventh after the first round and three strokes behind the leader.
He improved slightly to finish tied-fourth after the second round, but was further away from the top, this time sitting four strokes behind Vijay Singh. Round three saw the defending champion pick up in form, and, after scoring 66, was joint-top with Retief Goosen, on 11 under par.
As Goosen scored 74 in the final round, Woods just need 73 or less to confirm himself as the champion. A round of 71 saw him finish as the winner once again, finishing 12 under par and three strokes clear of Goosen.
His most recent victory in the Masters was 14 years ago. The 2005 golf season saw Woods aim to reach 10 Majors, as he was on eight entering the tournament. Again he started slowly, failing to finish in the top 13 after the first round and seven strokes off the lead.
An incredible second round, where Woods scored 66, helped him launch into third position, with six shots now separating Woods from top spot. Chris DiMarco set the pace over the first three rounds, but slowly Woods began to close the gap and was just four strokes behind him after the third round.
DiMarco had one of the biggest capitulations in golfing history, scoring 74 in the final round to allow Woods an opportunity to win his fourth Masters. He managed 65 to overtake DiMarco and finish three strokes clear.