Chris DiMarco raced to 13 under par through the first 45 holes of the 2005 Masters. However, when the third round was suspended due to darkness, DiMarco’s game went dark as well.
When action restarted on Sunday and the third round ended, DiMarco found himself at eight under par and three strokes back of Tiger Woods.
The final round was supposed to be a coronation for Tiger. His three-stroke lead might as well have been 10 strokes to many.
However, DiMarco did not fade away and had a chance to win the Masters on the 72nd hole, but his chip shot hit the pin and deflected away. He shot a final-round 68 and pulled himself into a tie at 12-under to force a playoff with Tiger (who may not have been in this position had he not sunk his epic chip shot...).
But DiMarco could not hold off Tiger on the first playoff hole. Just like the 72nd hole, DiMarco shorted the green and watched Tiger land his approach shot within 15 feet of the cup. DiMarco had to sink the up and down, but Tiger coolly hit the Masters-winning birdie.
DiMarco was emotional in defeat and put his loss into a perspective we all understood.
"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. It was just that I was playing against Tiger Woods," he said.