The No. 1-ranked player in the world will return to Augusta National in 2014 having gone nine years without winning the Masters, a streak that continued because of his overall inconsistency in the year’s first major championship.
Woods shot 2-under-par 70 on Sunday, doomed by an over-par front nine and the two-stroke penalty he incurred from Friday’s improper drop on the 15th hole.
“I certainly had a chance. If I would have posted a number today, I was right there,” Woods said. “I was four back starting out the day and I thought I really played well this week. I made my share of putts as well.”
He finished tied for fourth place with Marc Leishman at 5-under par. Adam Scott, with Woods’ former caddie, Steve Williams, on his bag, won the Masters in a playoff over Angel Cabrera.
Nonetheless, this was Woods’ seventh top-six finish in the past eight Masters.
He will head to Merion for the U.S. Open in June having gone five years without adding to his major championship victory total of 14.