“Not winning the 2004 Masters hurt me more
than my playoff loss to Todd Hamilton at the Open
that year. That’s mainly because I still don’t have a
green jacket, and that loss to (Phil) Mickelson was
as good as I could play on that final 18 at Augusta.
To sit on the putting green and not see what
was going on and hear the crowd when
Phil made that putt at 18 . . . that was very tough.
The Open was tough, too, but at least I had won it.
The Masters is a special occasion, starting
with when you get a letter from the
tournament committee, and then being
able to play whenever you want once
you have that letter.”