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Last Updated: Monday, 11 April, 2005, 01:11 GMT 02:11 UK
Woods wills his way to victory
BBC golf commentator Ken Brown
By Ken Brown
BBC golf pundit

Tiger Woods

It was sheer guts, determination and the will to win that took Tiger Woods to the Green Jacket.

He's not quite the same player he was in 1999 and 2000 but this major maybe meant more to him than some of the others.

Maybe he was even starting to ask himself the question, "Am I going to win another major?"

The golf from Woods when they resumed the third round on Sunday morning was breathtaking.

At 0800, Chris DiMarco led by four shots. Just an hour later he found himself two behind.

It was an incredible performance by Woods, sparked by his decision to stop when the hooter sounded for bad light on Saturday evening.

Woods' ball was clogged thick with mud on the 10th fairway so he opted to finish there, allowing him to clean and replace his ball overnight.

This meant he could control the approach in on Sunday morning, setting up a birdie and getting his momentum going.

Woods' chip-in on the 16th must have been devastating at the time for DiMarco, who went two shots behind again, though he was helped by Woods struggling a bit on the final two holes to set up the play-off.

Luke Donald

But it was a very creditable performance from DiMarco. It would have been very easy to get rattled early on and panic and think, 'it's not my week'.

Of the so-called "big four", Phil Mickelson was hanging in there before seeing his challenge go with a double bogey on the 12th.

But it was a good defence in the face of Woods and DiMarco's domination.

Ernie Els was never in the hunt, while Vijay Singh could have kicked it better on the greens.

He probably played the best golf tee-to-green - long and accurate - but on the putting surface he never had his eye in.

Retief Goosen also climbed quietly up the leaderboard to a share of third with Luke Donald. The South African has the perfect game for this course.

England's Donald put in a tremendous performance considering his troublesome 77 in the third round.

He snuck in with a 69 on Sunday to finish on five under, which was a fantastic effort on his debut.

He's the real thing and he's definitely a major winner in waiting.

David Howell was also impressive for a share of 11th at two under.

He bounced back from his 76 with a tidy 69 when it would have been easy to fritter away shots on the back nine, so it was a super week for him.

It was his best performance in a major and his best performance in America.

He'll have learnt a lot and he'll look back on this week with a lot of fondness.

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