Tiger Woods arrives at this year’s Masters as the favorite once again. He’s already won three times this season and has returned to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Now he’ll seek his fifth Masters victory and first in a major since the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods last won at Augusta National in 2005. Woods has experienced some of his greatest moments at the Masters, and contended even when his career has been in turmoil.
Here’s a look at how Woods has fared in each of his previous 18 appearances at Augusta National:
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Scores: 72-75-72-74, 5-over 293
• Woods arrived at Augusta National after winning the Arnold Palmer for his first PGA Tour title since 2009. He couldn’t carry his form to Augusta National, though, as he posted his worst Masters finish as a professional. This was just the second time as a professional that Woods failed to break par in the Masters. His opening round was marred by bogeys on his final two holes. He made five bogeys and two birdies in his second-round 75, and was criticized after kicking his club after a poor tee shot at the par-3 16th. “Certainly, I’m frustrated at times and I apologize if I offended anybody by that,” Woods said. “But I’ve hit some bad shots and it’s certainly frustrating at times not hitting the ball where you need to hit it.” He was eight shots off the lead at the halfway point. Woods reached red figures in each of his four rounds, but couldn’t keep his scores under par. He did birdie the 72nd hole, though. “I didn’t hit the ball very good this week, and what’s frustrating is I know what to do, and I just don’t do it,” Woods said. “I get out there and I just don’t trust it at all. I fall back into the same old patterns again, and I just need to do more reps.”
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Scores: 71-66-74-67, 10-under 278
• Woods finished fourth for a second consecutive year, four shots behind Charl Schwartzel. Woods, who started the final round seven shots behind leader Rory McIlroy, made eagle at the par-5 eighth hole and was one stroke off the lead when he made the turn. After making four birdies and an eagle on the front nine, Woods had just one birdie and one bogey on the back nine. “I got off to a good start on the front nine and on the back nine didn’t putt well and hit one loose iron there at 13,” Woods said. “I should have shot an easy 3- or 4-under on the back nine and I only posted even.”
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Scores: 68-70-70-69, 11-under 277
• The 2010 Masters was Woods’ return from his personal scandal. Woods still found himself in contention, in spite of all that had gone on during the preceding five months. His first-round 68, which included eagles on the par-5 eighth and 15th holes, had him just two shots off Fred Couples’ lead. Woods was four shots back to start the final round and playing in the second-to-last group. He made bogey on three of the first five holes, but eagled the par-4 seventh hole and birdied the next two to get back into contention. He made bogeys at Nos. 11 and 14, the latter coming on a three-putt from four feet. He took advantage of the par-5s on the back nine, making birdie at No. 13 and an eagle at No. 15 that got him within four shots. Woods birdied the last hole to finish five shots behind winner Phil Mickelson.
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Scores: 70-72-70-68, 8-under 280
• Woods and Phil Mickelson were paired together in the final round, just as they were in 2001, but they weren’t in the final group and neither walked away the winner. Both made runs at the title, though. Both started the final round seven shots off the lead, but they got within a stroke of the lead heading to the 17th hole. Woods, who bogeyed the final two holes, finished four shots out of the playoff between Angel Cabrera, Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell, which Cabrera won. Woods shot a final-round 68, including an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole. Mickelson, who shot 30 on the front nine, closed with 67 to finish three shots out of the playoff.
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Scores: 72-71-68-72, 5-under 283
• Woods started the final round six shots behind Trevor Immelman. His final-round 72 allowed him to pick up three shots on Immelman, but the South African still won the green jacket and Woods was runner-up. Immelman’s 75 tied the record for the highest final-round score by a winner. Final-round weather conditions led to an average score of 74.67. Woods had 120 putts for the tournament, tied for 29th in the field. “I just didn’t quite have it this week,” Woods said. “I didn’t make the putts I needed to make this entire week. I had the speed, just didn’t get the line right. You have good weeks and have bad weeks. Certainly, this was not one of my best.” Woods had won his first three PGA Tour events of the year, giving him seven victories in eight starts, and five in a row, before he finished fifth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and second at the Masters. Woods’ most recent major victory, at the U.S. Open, came later in the year.
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Scores: 73-74-72-72, 3-over 291
• This was the first time Woods failed to break par as a professional in any individual round at a Masters, but it was good enough for a second-place finish because of the week’s cold, windy conditions. Woods finished two shots behind Zach Johnson. Woods took the lead after making a short birdie putt at the second hole. He was within two shots after his eagle on the 13th, but only made pars the rest of the way. “I had a chance,” Woods said. “But looking back over the week, I basically blew this tournament on two rounds (the first and third rounds) where I had bogey-bogey finishes. That’s 4 over on two holes. You can’t afford to do that and win major championships.”
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Scores: 72-71-71-70, 4-under 284
• Woods said this defeat “hurt the most of any tournament that I have failed to win. “I’ve lost tournaments before, and I’ve been through some tough defeats over the years, but nothing like that because I knew my dad would never live to see another major championship.” Woods started the final round two shots behind Phil Mickelson, and shot 70 to finish three back of Mickelson, who won his second green jacket. “I pressed and I tried to make putts that instead of just allowing it to happen, I’ve tried to force it,” Woods said. “I know he was at home watching, and just really wanted to have him be a part of one last major championship victory. And I didn’t get it done. It hurt quite a bit.” Earl Woods passed away that May. Woods won the Open Championship later that year and “bawled like a little baby” because his father would never witness another of his major victories.
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Scores: 74-66-65-71, 12-under 276
• Tiger Woods was seven shots off the lead after his first-round 74, but made 16 birdies in the second and third rounds. That rally put Woods in position for a dramatic victory that included one of the most dramatic shots in tournament history. Woods’ tee shot at the par-3 16th in the final round ended up left of the green. His chip skidded to an abrupt stop before trickling down a hill, hanging on the lip and falling into the hole for birdie. Woods completed the victory with a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Chris DiMarco, his companion in Sunday’s final group. Woods started the final round with a three-shot lead over DiMarco, but bogeyed the final two holes of regulation. DiMarco lipped out a chip on the 72nd hole that would have given him the victory. Instead, he could only watch as Woods birdied No. 18, the first hole of the playoff. “Even though I was kind of throwing up on the last couple of holes, I kind of snuck one out in the playoff,” Woods said.
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Scores: 75-69-75-71, 2-over 290
• Woods opened with a 4-over 40 and never contended. He shot two rounds of 75 or worse for the second consecutive year, and never really was in the hunt as Phil Mickelson won his first Masters title. Woods finished 11 shots back. Woods tied for sixth in greens in regulation (72.2 percent), but his 123 putts left him tied for 35th in that statistic. Woods vomited in a trash can after playing No. 1 in the final round. Woods said he “ate something that didn’t agree with me” before warming up. “I felt kind of sick on the range and got progressively worse,” he said. “On the first green I had to lighten the load a little bit.” At the time, this was Woods’ worst finish as a professional at the Masters.
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Scores: 76-73-66-75, 2-over 290
• Woods had won three times – at the Buick Invitational, WGC-Accenture Match Play and Bay Hill Invitational – before arriving at the Masters. He opened the season’s first major with his worst score ever at Augusta National, though, a 76. He made the cut on the number, but his third-round 66 put him within four shots of 54-hole leader Jeff Maggert. A final-round 75 dropped Woods to 15th place, though. Any chances at a final-round charged seemed undone by a double-bogey after driving into the trees at the short, par-4 third hole and a bogey at the next. “It was just one of those weeks where I couldn’t really get anything going for an extended period of time,” Woods said.
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Scores: 70-69-66-71, 12-under 276
• Major changes to Augusta National’s hallowed grounds couldn’t keep Tiger Woods from becoming just the third player to win back-to-back Masters, joining Jack Nicklaus (1965-66) and Nick Faldo (1989-90). Woods finished three shots ahead of Retief Goosen, the reigning U.S. Open champion. Half of Augusta National’s holes were lengthened to give the course a total yardage of 7,270 yards. Woods shot a third-round 66, the day’s low score, to share the 54-hole lead with Goosen. Woods shot 71, while Goosen closed with 74. Phil Mickelson finished third, just as he did in Woods’ 2001 victory.
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Scores: 70-66-68-68, 16-under 272
• Tiger Woods’ victory at the 2001 Masters was his fourth consecutive triumph in a major championship, completing the so-called “Tiger Slam.” He became the first player to hold all four major titles at the same time. Woods made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole to finish at 16-under 272, two shots off his own 72-hole scoring record, and beat David Duval by two shots at Augusta National. Duval missed birdie putts from within 15 feet on the final two holes. Phil Mickelson, who played with Woods in the final pairing, finished three shots back. Woods and Mickelson were Nos. 1 and 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
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Scores: 75-72-68-69, 4-under 284
• Woods was on quite a run before the 2000 Masters. He had three wins and three runners-up in seven official PGA Tour starts before Augusta. A first-round 75 that included a double-bogey at No. 10 and triple-bogey at the 12th hurt his chances, though. A second-round 72 left him at 3 over par. He tried his best to rally on the weekend, though, eventually finishing fifth, six shots behind Vijay Singh. Woods’ third-round 68 was the day’s low round, and his first sub-70 score at Augusta National since the final round in 1997. He closed with a 69. “At least I gave myself a chance after Thursday,” Woods said. “For some reason, the golfing gods weren’t looking down on me this week.”
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Scores: 72-72-70-75, 1-over 289
• Woods’ first two rounds included a triple-bogey 8 on No. 8 in the first round and a double-bogey 5 on the 12th hole in the second round. He made eagle on the par-5 13th in the third round to shoot 70. He started the final round five shots behind eventual winner Jose Maria Olazabal, but shot 75 Sunday. Woods’ 289 total was nine shots back of Olazabal. No one broke 70 in the final round.
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Scores: 71-72-72-70, 3-under 285
• Woods never broke 70 in his title defense, finishing six shots behind good friend Mark O’Meara, who birdied the final two holes for a one-shot victory over Fred Couples and David Duval. Woods He made 18 birdies for the week, but also had 13 bogeys.
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Scores: 70-66-65-69, 18-under 270
• Tiger Woods rewrote the record book in his first Masters appearance as a professional. Woods, 21, became the youngest player to win the Masters while also setting the record for low 72-hole total (270) and largest margin of victory (12 shots). Woods opened the tournament with 4-over 40 on his first nine holes, but shot 30 on the second nine, including a chip-in birdie at No. 12 and an eagle on the 15th, to salvage a first-round 70.
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Finish: Missed cut *
Scores: 75-75, 6-over 150
• Woods, 20, returned to the Masters after winning a second consecutive U.S. Amateur. This was his only missed cut in 18 Masters appearances. It also would be his final appearance as an amateur at Augusta National. He’d win his first green jacket just a year later.
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Finish: T-41 (low amateur) *
Scores: 72-72-77-72, 5-over 293
• Tiger Woods’ highly-anticipated Masters debut included a practice round with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, and ended with the 19-year-old earning low amateur honors. Woods recalled, “ ‘Arnold comes up to me and says, ‘How about a little Skins Game today?’ I said, ‘Well, I don’t have any cash.’ He says, ‘Don’t worry about it. Just play hard.’ ” Palmer made a putt on 18 “for all the skins, basically,” Woods said. He earned his first Masters invitation with his victory at the previous year’s U.S. Amateur at TPC Sawgrass, his first of three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles.
* – played as amateur