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Maybe the pressure was just too much. Tiger Woods, 34, made his return to golf last week at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., but the troubled athlete -- who tied for fourth place -- couldn't even catch a break on the links.
The golfer, who took a break from the sport after salacious news of serial infidelities began surfacing last November, addressed Sunday's fourth-place Masters finish with CBS News: "I wanted to win this tournament. As the week went along, I kept hitting the ball worse. (My placement) was not very good."
On his website, Woods called his performance in the Masters "unsuccessful," adding, "I couldn't get the job done. I felt very uneasy on every shot I hit out there."
But Woods didn't allow for self-pity, acknowledging his effort by adding, "I tried as hard as I possibly could to post a number and give myself a chance. I really dug deep to find something, and that's something I'm pretty proud of."
Woods has announced, "I'm going to take a little time off and kind of reevaluate things," perhaps referring to his relationship with estranged wife Elin Nordegren, which he is reportedly still trying to patch up (on Sunday, she was spotted in Orlando, Fla., with the couple's children Sam, 2, and Charlie, 1, en route to an undisclosed location, according to US Weekly.)
Phil Mickelson said, "We've been through a lot this year; it means a lot to share some joy together. She's an incredible wife, an incredible mother. She's been an inspiration for me this past year, seeing what she's been through."
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