ESPN Radio Extra Point

The Masters continues to be more than just a tournament for Tiger Woods

Updated: March 19, 2010, 4:21 PM ET
By Jeremy Schaap |

In a couple weeks, Tiger Woods will tee off again at the Masters at the place where he fashioned so much of his legend. In 1995, when Woods first played the Masters as an amateur -- two years before he won the tournament by 12 strokes -- he said after a practice round, "It's just another tournament."

But in a letter to Augusta officials, he recanted. "Please accept my sincere thanks for providing me the opportunity to experience the most wonderful week of my life." Woods wrote. "It was Fantasyland and Disneyland wrapped into one." Woods went on to say, "Your tournament will always hold a special spot in my heart. It's here that I left my youth behind and became a man."

Win or lose it's unlikely that the 2010 Masters will be the most wonderful week of Woods' life. But at that same place where he says he became a man, perhaps Woods will begin to become the man he says he hopes to be.

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Jeremy Schaap

SportsCenter Reporter/Host, Classic Sports Reporters
Jeremy Schaap is an ESPN anchor and national correspondent, based in New York since 1998. He is a New York Times best-selling author ("Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History") and a contributor to "ABC World News Tonight" and "Nightline."