Augusta, April 9:

A strange week at the Masters saved the biggest surprises for the end on Sunday — a green jacket for unheralded Zach Johnson, and beating Tiger Woods at that.

Johnson pulled away from Woods and the rest of the pack with three birdies in a crucial four-hole stretch along the back nine of Augusta National, closing with a 69 for a two-shot victory and only the second of his career.

Johnson, 31, is the least accomplished Masters champion since Larry Mize beat Greg Norman in a playoff 20 years ago. Even as some of the thrills returned in the final round, Johnson kept his calm. And there wasn’t anything Woods could do about it. He looked like a lock when he took the lead after a short birdie on the second hole.

Johnson and three others came after him, and Woods was the one who backed off with sloppy mistakes — a broken club and shots that either found the water or the bunker, too many putts that stayed out of the cup. It was the third time Woods lost a lead during the final round of a major, and the first time he failed to get it back.

Johnson finished at 1-over 289, matching a Masters record last set in 1956 for highest winning score. And it ended a streak of the winner coming out of the final group at Augusta National every year since 1991.

The week featured bone-dry conditions, more bogeys than birdies, frost coating the manicured lawn and one last peculiar sight — Woods walking up to the 18th green with no trophy waiting for him.

Woods closed with a 72 and tied for second with Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini, who each shot 69.