As Tiger Woods approached the 18th green, he was one of five players 10 under par. Adam Scott was eleven under.
Even though Tiger didn't have the lead, he had the crowd. The ovation with which he was greeted was charged. It had an edge nobody else's did.
Here's the impact Tiger has. Security officers at Augusta National Golf Club had not talked about golf all week. At least, I hadn't heard them, and I see the same guards, repeatedly, every day. When Tiger made his move Sunday, shooting a 31 on the front nine, the guards began to talk, excitedly, about Tiger.
Tiger is Michael Jordan in the NBA playoffs. He's Dale Earnhardt Jr. first at the finish line. He had a chance to catch Scott and go 11 under. He had a putt of more than 20 feet for a birdie.
Tiger was, before his personal life and then his game went bad, the greatest clutch putter since Jack Nicklaus. But he was less than clutch on 18; this putt never had a chance.
He walked off one stroke back. Scott still has three holes to play.