Runner-up Chris DiMarco believes Tiger Woods was the sole reason for his failure to win the Masters.
DiMarco wiped out Woods' three-shot final-round lead on the 18th to set up a play-off, only to lose on the first extra hole.
"I went out and shot 68 around here on Sunday, which is a very good round, and 12-under is usually good enough to win," said Di Marco.
"It was just that I was playing against Tiger Woods."
DiMarco faced a daunting two-stroke deficit going onto the 17th tee. But the nerves seemed to affect Woods more, allowing his countryman back into the contest.
But despite going on to lose his second major play-off - he was defeated by Vijay Singh in last year's USPGA - DiMarco insisted he had done everything in his powers to win.
"For the final round I felt it wasn't a time for me to go out and shoot a 72," said the 36-year-old from New York state. "It was a time for me to go out and have a chance to be aggressive and do something. I did.
"I would let it hurt if I gave it away but I didn't. I really didn't.
"You know I played him as hard as I could down the stretch, birdieing a bunch of holes coming down the back nine and putting it on him really.
"And since I put that behind me and went out and put a good number on the back nine, I feel very good."