Another jacket for Woods' wardrobe

By Charles I. Robinson

   AUGUSTA, Ga. -- No new measurements are needed for this year's coveted green jacket.
   Becoming only the third player to win back-to-back Masters, Tiger Woods rode a fast final-round start Sunday to finish with a 2-under 70 and register a three-stroke victory at Augusta National Golf Course.
   Scoring a 276 for the tournament, Woods entered the day tied with runner-up Retief Goosen.
   A quick flurry of Sunday birdies gave Woods the cushion he needed, and Tiger never lost control the rest of the afternoon. No other challenger could muster a serious threat.
   "I was kind of surprised, no doubt about it," Woods said about no one making a run. "But that doesn't deter me from my concentration."
   Winning his third green jacket in five years, Woods joined Nick Faldo (1989-90) and Jack Nicklaus (1965-66) as the only repeat champions of this prestigious event.
   The leaderboard was a crowded one entering the final day of play, but a dramatic finish just wasn't in the cards.
   "We were all trying to make something happen to catch Tiger, because we knew he wasn't going to falter," said Phil Mickelson, who scored a 71 to finish third.
   Ernie Els, the two-time U.S. Open champ, tried to muster a charge and wound up with an 8 by hitting into the trees and into the creek.
   "I tried," Els said. "We all tried."
   As for former Masters champion Vijay Singh, he went into the creek, the crowd and the trees, then took a 9 on No. 15. Starting the final round tied with Woods, Goosen was already three strokes behind after three holes.
   By the time Woods walked to the 18th hole, amid a chorus of applause, he could fully absorb the moment. The pressure was gone.
   "Give him a couple of more years, and I think Tiger will be greater than even Jack Nicklaus," Goosen said.
   Jose Maria Olazabal came in fourth at 281, with Els and Padraig Harrington rounding out the top five with 282s.
   Falling in a stroke behind was Singh, followed by Sergio Garcia (284), Miguel A. Jimenez (285), Adam Scott (285) and Angel Cabrera (285).
   Woods also entered another elite class. He joins a group of players including Nicklaus (6 wins), Arnold Palmer (4 wins), Jimmy Demart (3 wins), Sam Snead (3 wins), Gary Player (3 wins) and Faldo (3 wins) to win at least three Masters.
   Tiger accepted his green jacket from Augusta National chairman Hootie Johnson -- usually, that's the job of the defending champion.
   "I think we're going to wear this jacket out putting it on you before your career is over," Johnson told Woods as he slipped it over his shoulders.
   Earning $1,008,00 for his 31st career victory, Woods became the first two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year.