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Tiger blames putting for Masters disappointment

Just when Tiger Woods thought his putting woes were over, his mean green streak came back to haunt him at the worst possible time; the 77th Masters, held over last weekend..

The 14-time major winner was the first to point the accusing finger at putting woes and the tricky greens of Augusta National for his inabilitiy, yet again, to end his major championship drought.

"It's one of those things where this golf course was playing a little bit tricky," he said.

"We had four different green speeds out there and I couldn't believe how slow they were the first two days. Yesterday, I couldn't believe how fast they were. And then today, it was another different speed again."

"If I would have shot my number," he added, "it might have been a different story."

Woods' ball-drop controversy on Friday, resulted in a two-stroke penalty and arguably disrupted his momentum. Indeed, had Woods not broken the rules, he would have been at 7-under after birdying No. 15 on Sunday, one stroke off the lead at the time.

However, the 37-year-old was loathe to hold this accountable for his failure to get the 'W'.

"Well, we could do a what-if on every tournament we lose."

"We lose more tournaments than we win. But I certainly had my opportunities to post some good rounds this week," he added. "I thought I really played well. ... So overall it was a pretty good week."

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