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Tiger is close, but not green jacket close

Originally Published: April 8, 2011
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- He missed a 2½-foot putt. He laughed sarcastically at his tee shots. He grimaced as his former BFF, Augusta National, gave him wet willies.

So why then is Tiger Woods so achingly close to a majors breakthrough?

Woods could have won this thing, you know. Not because he took the leaderboard behind the woodshed Saturday -- he didn't, shooting a clunky 2-over-par 74 -- but because almost nobody else did.

Rory McIlroy, the 21-year-old Northern ...

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