2005 Masters Tournament
On Thursday, April 7, Chris DiMarco broke into an early lead in the rain-plagued first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National, having quit the rain-plagued BellSouth Classic (Duluth, Georgia) the week before. DiMarco led with a 4-under par performance after 14 holes. Australian Mark Hensby leads those who finished 18 holes with a 3-under 69.
Friday, April 8, brought a similar situation, with players finishing up the previous day's round only to find the next round delayed. In fact, 16 players did not even start the second round on Friday. By the official end of the day two players from England, David Howell and Luke Donald, shared the lead with Chris DiMarco at 5-under par.
Saturday saw two major events - a tearful Jack Nicklaus announcing the end of his professional playing days at Augusta National, and a stunning performance by Tiger Woods, who played 26 holes as he kept his eye on leader Chris DiMarco. Eliminating one of the worst starts in his career (he bogeyed five times in the first 13 holes), Woods showed incredible form as he trimmed DiMarco's lead by 2 strokes.
On Sunday, Tiger Woods was in rare form, winning his first big tournament since the U. S. Open in 2002. It was quite a comeback, tying DiMarco with a 12-under 276, then winning the Masters by birdieing the first hole of the playoff. Woods had surged ahead earlier in the round only to watch DiMarco catch up, courtesy of two bogies on the 17th and 18th holes in the final round of regulation play.