It slipped away early, before Tiger Woods could really give himself a chance. A belated run in the rain on the back nine was never going to be good enough to win this Masters, something even Woods seemed to realize after he missed badly on his last real birdie chance on the 16th hole.
The two-shot penalty from the day before weighed him down, though maybe there was something else in play on a gloomy Sunday afternoon. Something Woods surely wouldn't understand, just as he couldn't seem to understand why there were some who didn't think he should be playing in the first place.
There would be no fifth green jacket, no 15th major title in his chase of Jack Nicklaus. More importantly, there would be no asterisk for a win that would have taken some of the joy out of this Masters.
And for that maybe Woods should be grateful.
He came up short in yet another major, extending his winless streak in the tournaments he covets most to five full years. The way it happened was painful, too, wit...