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Despite all the missed putts, the wayward drives and the frustration of losing, Tiger Woods was precariously close to winning his 15th major.
Woods did not wait to make a patented charge, shooting a 31 on the front nine and sending shock waves throughout Augusta National.
It appeared that the world's former No. 1 golfer was just moments from knocking the competition out. Yet, with everything on his side, Woods could not deliver the knockout blow.
A three-putt on 12 from the middle of the green was followed by an inexcusable par on the par five 13th.
Woods probably expected to go at least one or two under during that stretch, instead he went one over.
An even par back nine left Woods wondering what could have been.
Still, despite the close call, Woods knows he is closer than ever to breaking his winless drought.
Granted, a fourth place finish last year did not result in a win for all of 2010. However, the swing looked better than it has in quite some time.
Woods was able to shape shots that only a transcendent legend like he can.
His second shot on eight to a back corner pin that no one could approach was absolutely spectacular.
If Woods can recapture that putting magic he showed glimpses of throughout this week, he will return to the winner's circle.
Until then, at least sports media have something to talk about.