2005 US Masters Winner

At another Augusta epic, the awesome talent of Tiger Woods came into play yet again when he beat his Ryder Cup teammate Chris DiMarco with a 15-foot birdie at the first hole of a sudden death playoff.
For the first time in Masters history, the playoff started on the 18th and not the 10th as in previous years. The new format was introduced at the 2004 US Masters.
The incredible Woods put pay to rumours that he was no longer up to it, when he overcame a drought of ten majors without a win and became the 2005 US Masters golf champion, adding one more to his collection of eight major titles.
Woods seemed to have the championship tied up on the par three 16th when he played one of the most scintillating shots of his professional career. Having sent his tee shot long and to the left, Woods chipped up the slope behind the flag and watched with glee as the ball came back down, stopped on the lip and then fell in the hole, putting him two shots ahead.
The 17th proved to be his undoing when he took to the trees and then found a bunker on the 18th. He was unable to save par either time. Woods and DiMarco tied on the 12-under-par total of 276, an awesome seven shots clear of South African great Retief Goosen and British rookie Luke Donald.
With his latest victory Woods has taken his career playoff record to an astounding ten wins versus only one defeat – indicative of the young man’s composure under pressure.
The win also booted him into the world number one spot yet again, and he has been propelled into the record books. He now shares four Green Jacket with golfing legend, Arnold Palmer, just two behind all-time champion, Jack Nicklaus.
Vijay Singh could not hold onto his world number one position despite a closing birdie for a tie for fifth place. South African Trevor Immelman joined the four alongside of him after a hole-in-one on the 16th. Defending champion Phil Mickelson double-bogeyed the par-threes of the 12th and 16th and fell back to 10th place.

2005 US Masters Golf Champion

  • -12 Tiger Woods and Chris DiMarco –12 (Woods won playoff at first extra hole)
  • -5 Retief Goosen and Luke Donald
  • -4 Rodney Pampling, Mark Hensby, Trevor Immelman, Vijay Singh, Mike Weir
  • -3 Phil Mickelson

Will 2005 US Masters golf champion Tiger Woods take the title again this year?