Countdown to the Masters: 15

Just 15 days remain until the 2001 Masters, where Jordan Spieth will try to defend his title. To celebrate the build-up, here’s a look at what happened at The Masters 15 years ago in 2001.

Tiger Woods eclipsed every one of his modern-day peers at the 2001 Masters, winning his fourth straight Major title to complete the “Tiger Slam”, defeating a fearsome field with a 16-under 272.

Having finished the 2000 season with victories at the US Open, Open Championship, and PGA Championship, Woods was poised to do something no man since Bobby Jones had done – concurrently hold all four Major titles.

With all eyes on Woods from the start, it was instead American Chris DiMarco who got off fast, with a 7-under 65 in his Masters debut to put him a stroke ahead of Angel Cabrera and Steve Stricker. Ten men shot a 68 or better, including amateur James Driscoll, while Woods’ 70 didn’t even grace the top 10.

He turned that around quickly on Friday with a 66 that shot him into a tie for second with rival Phil Mickelson, both men trailing DiMarco by two strokes; then took command with a Saturday 68 that put him a shot ahead of Mickelson at 12-under.

On Sunday, Woods bogeyed the first hole to fall into a three-way tie for first with Mickelson and Mark Calcavecchia, but had the top spot all to himself again after six holes. David Duval made the real Sundy charge, tying Woods at 14-under with a birdie on No. 10, and again at 15-under with a birdie on 15. But both Duval and Mickelson loss a stroke with bogeys on 16, and Woods slammed the door with his birdie on 18 to win by two strokes.

 

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