The 2018 Masters hasn’t quite gone to plan for the legendary Tiger Woods.
Two top five finishes in his last two outings at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Valspar Championship saw the American lead the betting states this week with William Hills’ U.S sportsbook.
Early rounds of 73 and 75 left him out of contention and far behind the likes of leader Patrick Reed, however. As Woods has been keen to acknowledge in the post-round interviews this week though, he was unsure just six months ago if he would ever play competitive golf again.
So completing four rounds at Augusta, let alone playing well, is tremendous progress for the 14 time major winner, even if it does stand in stark contrast with his all-consuming desire to compete at the business end of the leaderboard.
This Day, 17 Years Ago: Tiger wins his second Masters and sixth major by the age of 25, becomes first golfer to hold all four major trophies at the same time. This photo, taken on this day in 2001 by SI’s Fred Vuich, is one of the best sports photos ever captured. pic.twitter.com/asE2qpMUlf
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This isn’t to say that Woods hasn’t had the odd moment of magic in Georgia this week.
The par three 4th on Masters Sunday saw the 42-year-old’s approach from the tee almost hit the cup for what would have been the first ace of the week, and Woods’ first hole in one in over 20 years.
Masters 2018: Tiger Woods | 4th Hole, Round 4 pic.twitter.com/zcvW4JznSU
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Through the front nine, Tiger is level par for his final round, 18 shots behind leader Patrick Reed on -14.