Tiger Woods finishes 2013 Masters at 5-under for another near-miss at Augusta

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Tiger had to make a big charge on Sunday, but he could not overcome a slow start and finishes the week with all four rounds in the 70s.

It's another finish inside the top 10 for Tiger Woods the Masters, and the No. 1 player in the world got off to slow start on Sunday and could never recover to close the gap on the leaders. Woods started the day in a four-shot hole, and he carded two bogeys before he ever picked up a red number, leaving only the slimmest hopes for a Sunday comeback. He said after the round that a 65 was the number he was looking for, but a rainy day at Augusta slowed the greens and Woods could not adjust to the pace with his putter.

After the disappointing front nine, Tiger did eventually get things rolling, picking up his first birdie at No. 9 and then carrying that momentum onto the second nine. It was a seven-hole stretch that featured four birdies, including two on the par-5s at the 13th and 15th. For a moment, with the final group of Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera struggling, it looked like Woods might actually get within a shot of the leaders. But he narrowly missed three birdie chances in the middle of his second nine, burning the edges at Nos. 11, 12, and 16 to prevent the low round he had to have.

Woods came in with a 33 to finish 2-under on the day, but he never broke 70 this week at Augusta and he needed to be well below that on Sunday. Since his last Masters win in 2005, he's finished inside the top 10 six times, but this near-miss will certainly be the most memorable, thanks to the two-shot penalty he incurred from that controversial drop on No. 15 on Friday. Woods, of course, wasn't looking for a memorable top 10 finish and he'll now head to Merion with his majors drought in tact.

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