Thursday, April 5, 2012
What's different since Tiger Woods won Masters?
From 1997-2005, Tiger Woods won the Masters four times. Even after Augusta was "Tiger proofed," it was common to see the guy in the red shirt slip on a green jacket. But Woods -- the favorite at this week's Masters -- hasn't won at Augusta in seven years, a span of more than 2,550 days, meaning kids in middle school are likely too young to remember his triumph in a playoff over Chris DiMarco, on April 10, 2005:
- The iPhone was still two years from its release, and the iPad wasn't even on the drawing board;
|Much has changed since Tiger Woods donned the green jacket after winning the Masters in 2005.|
- The only ones tweeting were birds, with Twitter's launch a year away;
- Rory McIlroy, ranked No. 1 in the world earlier this year, was a skinny 15-year-old in Northern Ireland;
- President Barack Obama was in the third month of his tenure as Senator Obama of Illinois;
- Five "Harry Potter" movies were still to be made;
- Lindsay Lohan had yet to be arrested, appear in a courtroom, go to rehab or fail a drug test;
- Kevin Durant was a 6-foot-9 small forward at Oak Hill Academy still two months from committing to Texas;
- Tony Soprano was still saying, "Whattaya gonna do?" on HBO;
- The transplanted Montreal Expos had yet to win their first home game at RFK Stadium as the Washington Nationals;
- Justin Bieber, age 11, was playing youth hockey in Canada;
- Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and McIlroy were still years away from cracking Woods' hold on the world's No.1 ranking;
- Facebook was still thefacebook;
- People actually went to bookstores and Borders Group -- which had more than 1,250 stores -- was making a profit and expanding internationally;
- Third baseman Mark Reynolds had yet to strike out in a professional baseball game, yet has amassed 1,211 (minors and majors) since.
Woods, 29, who had just won his ninth major and seemed a lock to beat Jack Nicklaus' record of 18, knew then that beating Jack would be hard -- just not this hard. Said Woods that day in 2005: "There's a long way to go."