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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 April, 2005, 23:37 GMT 00:37 UK
The Masters: Day four action
The final day as it happened (all times BST).

Tiger Woods won the 69th Masters after beating Chris DiMarco at the first hole of a sudden-death play-off at Augusta.

Woods held his nerve with a 15-foot birdie putt to clinch his fourth title.

Woods had earlier sank a stunning putt at 16 to go two clear but bogeys at the 17 and 18 allowed DiMarco to draw level on 12 under and force the play-off.

Luke Donald hit two eagles to join Retief Goosen on five under and joint third while Vijay Singh ended on four under and Phil Mickelson three under.

The final day as it happened (all times in BST):

0031: Tiger Woods punches the air with delight after sinking a 15-foot putt to claim victory on the first hole of the sudden-death play-off. It is his fourth Masters title, his ninth major crown and his first major since 2002.

0029: Cool as you like, Chris DiMarco chips to within five feet but Woods has a putt to win the Masters.

0027: Tiger Woods fires in a superb approach to 15 feet to hold the advantage after Chris DiMarco falls short of the green.

0022: Tiger Woods is in the better position on the fairway after the opening drives of the sudden-death play-off, which starts at the 18th hole.

0013: Chris DiMarco keeps his cool to sink his par putt from 10 feet for a final-round 68 and a 12-under total of 276 - seven shots clear of Luke Donald and Retief Goosen.

0011: Tiger Woods has a 14-footer for par to win the Masters, but he sends it four feet past before finally sinking his ball for a final-round 71. Two successive bogeys have cost the three-time champion.

0008: Chris DiMarco's brave chip for birdie hits the pin but rebounds out when it could easily have jammed in the hole.

0006: The pressure gets to both players on the final hole. Chris DiMarco sees his approach roll off the green while Tiger Woods sends his second shot into a bunker on the right and then puts his second 14 feet away.

2355: Tiger Woods, needing pars to win the title, bogeys the par-five 17th after a rash drive into the trees and Chris DiMarco reduces the lead to one with a steady par.

2341: Tiger Woods notches a sensational birdie from the back of the 16th green with a stunning putt which turns 90 degrees, rolls slowly on before stopping on the edge of the hole only to drop in after an agonising wait. Chris DiMarco, stunned by Woods' amazing effort, misses his birdie and trails by two.

2334: Chris DiMarco birdies the 15th but Tiger Woods matches him, keeping his cool after DiMarco's approach hones in on the pin.

2329: Trevor Immelman leaps for joy after recording a hole-in-one at the 170-yard 16th - his tee-shot pitching in the middle of the green before turning sharply left and rolling 15 yards into the hole.

2325: Luke Donald brings his impressive round to an end on five under after a 67. He shares the clubhouse lead with Retief Goosen.

2320: Mike Weir drops another shot at the 17th to slip to five under and a tie for third.

2317: Chris DiMarco curves in a wonderful approach to within two feet of the pin for a birdie at the par-four 14th while Woods just misses his birdie and the lead is back to just one shot.

2309: Retief Goosen finishes in style by hitting a birdie at the 18th for a 67 and a five-under total, but Mike Weir drops back to six under at 16.

2304: Tiger Woods shaves the cup with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-five 13th but Chris DiMarco sees his effort slide agonisingly past on the other side and the lead remains two shots.

2257: Mike Weir goes to seven under at the 15th, two ahead of Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson as Trevor Immelman cards a double-bogey at the 13th.

2253: Luke Donald's incredible run continues as he moves into a tie for fourth with a birdie at the 16th.

2245: Luke Donald fires eagles at the 13th and 15th to surge to four under.

2244: Chris DiMarco lets Tiger Woods off the hook by missing a 10-foot par putt on the 12th and falls two behind the leader.

2239: Retief Goosen quietly moves up to joint fifth on four under after his fifth birdie of the round.

2231: To a huge roar, the resurgent Chris DiMarco bags his second birdie in three holes to move within one of the lead after Tiger Woods just misses a long birdie effort.

2223: A double-bogey five at the 12th sends Phil Mickelson back to four under and ends his hopes of defending his title.

2220: David Howell finishes his first Masters on two under after a superb final-round 69.

2216: Chris DiMarco keeps his head as he moves to within two of the lead after a birdie following Woods' mistake.

2215: Another errant drive puts Woods in trouble and his third shot from just off the back of the green sticks in the lush grass, and the three-times champion drops a shot to fall back to 12 under.

2158: Tiger Woods calmly rolls in a birdie at the ninth to go to 13 under but DiMarco matches his playing partner to move to 10 under and stay in touch as they reach the turn.

2149: Mike Weir surges to six under and a share of third place after a birdie at the 10th.

2148: David Howell knocks in his third successive birdie and is two under, Luke Donald goes back to level par after a birdie at 11 and Darren Clarke joins him there after birdies on the 15th and 16th.

2145: Tiger Woods fires a wild drive into the trees on the right of the eighth fairway but Chris DiMarco misses his chance for a birdie and his rival then saves par from six feet.

2132: David Howell regains shots at the 14th and 15th to move back to one under but Like Donald double-bogeys the 10th and is one over.

2128: Tiger Woods keeps his three-shot lead after making par after holing a cool 10 foot putt on the treacherously quick seventh green.

2127: Ian Poulter hits a rare eagle at the par-five 15th to move back to six over.

2124: Phil Mickelson needs a miracle if he is to defend his title after dropping a shot in the eighth following three poor putts.

2111: Tiger Woods fires an immaculate seven-iron to within 20 yards of the pin but misses a 20-foot birdie chance and remains on 12 under.

2103: Tiger Woods fires a par putt past the hole and bogeys the fifth, allowing DiMarco to close the gap to three shots after a par.

2053: David Howell misses a short putt for par and slips back to one over.

2048: Tiger Woods leaves another birdie putt short on the fourth as Chris DiMarco agonises as another makeable birdie putt lips out.

2045: David Howell double-bogeys the 11th to go to level par and then fires a wayward tee shot at the 12th.

2043: Thomas Bjorn steadies the ship with a second staight par as Vijay Singh drops a third shot in a row to go to one under.

2040: Tiger Woods lags his birdie putt on three to stay 13 under as Chris DiMarco also misses his eight-footer.

2035: England's Luke Donald bogeys the seventh to slip back to one under.

2028: Tiger Woods slots in his second straight birdie to reach 13 under as Chris DiMarco matches him to maintain the four-shot deficit

2010: Tiger Woods, having easily found the green in two, confidently knocks in a 10-foot putt for birdie to move into a four-shot lead.

2008: David Howell's third birdie, a short but tricky curler which just ducks in, sees him reach the turn at two under and a share of 11th place.

2000: Right on time, Tiger Woods gets his final round under way with a booming drive down the middle of the fairway.

1956: Playing partners Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh both record pars at the first to stay on five under and four under respectively, while former champion Mike Weir moves into a share of sixth on four under.

1928: Els, last year's runner-up, finishes on 10 over after a level-par 72 - his best round of the week.

1919: South Africa's Retief Goosen moves to two under after starting with two birdies, but Howell slips back to one under.

1853: England's David Howell reaches two under after three holes before dropping a shot at the fourth to fall back to one over for the championship.

1800: Els reaches the turn on 13 over - one shot better than playing partner Stadler.

1740: Bernhard Langer, the captain of Europe's 2004 Ryder Cup-winning side, starts his round with a par and remains at two over.

1700: Els' poor run continues as he drops another shot at the fifth to fall to 13 over and last place of the 50 remaining players.

1635: Fred Couples and Jay Haas have also teed off, but Haas has got off to the worst possible start with a double bogey on the first, while Els drops another shot on the fourth hole to slump to 12 over with Stadler.

1613: Els and Stadler are off to a miserable start as the final round gets under way with both recording bogies on the first hole. Stadler is currently trailing on 12 over, while Els is one shot ahead.


1527: Immelman also moves up into contention after claiming his fourth straight birdie on the 18th to join defending champion Phil Mickelson on five under. Mickelson wastes a chance to catch the top three when he drops a shot on the last hole finish on 69.

1515: Woods claims another par on the 18th to finish on 65 in a round which has seen him turn a six-shot deficit into a three-shot lead.

But DiMarco watches second round lead slip from his grasp as three dropped shots and a double bogey on the back nine see him finish on a poor 74.

Bjorn also fails to get anything going and in the end finishes four off the lead going into the final round.

1450: Mickelson hopes of catching Woods and co suffers another blow as as a bogey on the 18th see him slide to a share of five under with Immelman, whose five birdies on the last six holes helps him to an impressive round of 65.

1447: Woods stops the rot with pars at the 16th and 17th to stay in charge on 11 under, while DiMarco keeps up the pressure two shots beind with two holes to go.

1430: The course record may be drifting out of sight for Tiger Woods, who has a second-straight bogey to drop back to 11 under overall.

1425: Chris DiMarco and Thomas Bjorn give back shots as they fail to take advantage of Tiger Woods' slip. But Phil Mickelson is heading in the right direction after a birdie boosted him to six under.

1415: Tiger Woods is human. The leader bogeys 14 to give the chasing field some hope.

1400: Tiger Woods is now nine under for his round through 13 holes. If he just pars the remaining holes, he will tie the Augusta record shared by Nick Price and Greg Norman.

1350: South African Trevor Immelman completes a sensational round of 65 to lie at five under, the same score as Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh. But do any of them have an answer for the amazing pace being set by Tiger Woods?

1340: Another hole, another birdie for the incredible Tiger Woods. He has birdied his last six holes.

1330: The unstoppable Woods picks up yet another shot to join DiMarco at 11 under. This is becoming one of the great Augusta rounds.

1325: A birdie for Singh sends the Fijian up the leaderboard. He is now at five under, six shots adrift.

1320: Disaster strikes for DiMarco, who double bogeys the 10th. Suddenly, his lead is down to a single shot.

1315: The imperious Tiger Woods starts Sunday on as he finished on Saturday - with a birdie. He moves to 10 under.

1300: Play restarts as Augusta officials try to finish off round three so round four can start later in the day.

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