2002 World Masters

Augusta - Masters

The 2002 Masters showed us a peek of Tiger Woods. He won the Masters that year in consecutive years and became just the third person to ever do so (Nick Faldo in 1990, and Jack Nicklaus, 1966). Tiger won the tournament by three strokes after it had been lengthened by 286 yards from the previous year. This also marked Tiger’s third win at Augusta National and his eighth major win overall.

For the 2002 tournament, Augusta National used the following holes, with these distances:

  1. Olive Tree - 435 yards - Par 4
  2. Pink Dogwood - 575 yards - Par 5
  3. Flowering Peach - 350 yards - Par 4
  4. Flowering Crab Apple - 250 yards - Par 3
  5. Magnolia - 435 yards - Par 4
  6. Junper - 180 yards - Par 3
  7. Pampas - 410 yards - Par 4
  8. Yellow Jasmine - 570 yards - Par 5
  9. Carolina Cherry - 460 yards - Par 4
  10. Camellia - 495 yards - Par 4
  11. White Dogwood - 490 yards - Par 4
  12. Golden Bell - 195 yards - Par 3
  13. Azalea - 510 yards - Par 5
  14. Chinese Fir - 440 yards - Par 4
  15. Firethorn - 500 yards - Par 5
  16. Redbud - 170 yards - Par 3
  17. Nandina - 425 yards - Par 4
  18. Holly - 465 yards - Par 5

Augusta - SignTiger started his opening round playing in a grouping with A.J. Choi, and Matt Kuchar. In that first round Tiger shot a 70(two under par), and finished the day tied for 7th along with ten other players, and three shots behind David Love III. In his second round, he had 69 strokes and finished the round four shots back of Vijay Singh. The cut was set at +3, with notables such as Jim Furyk and David Duval. On Saturday, Tiger made his move into first place. He shot 66 on the day, and finished the day tied with Retief Goosen for the tournament lead and two shots ahead of Vijay Singh. On Sunday, Tiger had his worst round of the tournament (from a number of strokes perspective), but it was matched across the field, as Tiger shot a 71, but it was three strokes better than Goosen, and the same score was provided by Singh, as Tiger became the first golfer to win back-to-back Masters tournaments since 1990 when Nick Faldo accomplished the feet.

The final tournament standings for 2002 Masters was as follows;

  1. Tiger Woods - 70-69-66-71 = 276
  2. Retief Goosen - 69-67-69-74 = 279
  3. Phil Mickelson - 69-72-68-71 = 280
  4. Jose Maria Olazabal - 70-69-71-71 = 281
  5. Ernie Els - 70-67-72-73 = 282, Padraig Harrington - 69-70-72-71 = 282
  6. Vijay Singh - 70-65-72-76 = 283
  7. Sergio Garcia - 68-71-70-75 = 284
  8. Angel Cabrera - 68-71-73-73 = 285, Miguel Angel Jimenez 70-71-74-70 = 285, Adam Scott - 71-72-72-70 = 285

While from a tournament perspective, this iteration of the Masters was far from Tiger’s most dominant, but that doesn’t make it any less memorable. This was a very competitive tournament, which at times during Tiger’s career wasn’t always the case. Enjoy the trip down memory lane as we look forward to other great Masters tournaments to come.