Tiger Woods in a green jacket once felt like an annual celebration of spring, as regular as the azaleas bursting with color at Augusta National.
Now it's more like a fading memory.
It has been eight years since Woods rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt to win the Masters in a playoff for his fourth green jacket. He appeared to be well on his way to living up to that audacious prediction of Jack Nicklaus, who played a practice round at Augusta with Woods -- then a 19-year-old amateur -- and Arnold Palmer. Nicklaus came away so impressed that he considered his six Masters and the four won by Palmer and said, ''This kid should win more than that.''
But the major Woods was supposed to dominate has become the major he can't seem to win.
''It's been one of those things where I've been close there so many times on that back nine on Sunday, and I just haven't won,'' Woods said. ''I've been in the mix. Been on the periphery and ...