To root for drama in sports is inevitably to root for failure.

This tension plays out naturally in team sports, where fans tend to have a specific interest in one team. It can play out more awkwardly in individual sports, where hero vs. villain isn’t so clearly defined.

That strange dynamic occurred to me Sunday, as I watched along with millions as Tiger Woods tried to beat back his history — some of it brought on by injuries, some of it self-inflicted off the course — to win the Masters.

A handful of those millions were gathered around the lobby of a St. Paul fitness center as Tiger took a late lead and then hit a precision ball on the par-3 16th hole. There was no doubt about the star attraction — and a reminder of the sway Woods has even as his streak of not winning a major had reached a decade.

The viewers weren’t actively rooting for everyone else to fail — specifically Francesco Molinari, who started the day with a two-shot lead — but it was implicit.

It was also unsurprising. As someone who drew the enviable assignment of following Woods everywhere during both the 2002 and 2009 PGA Championships at Hazeltine, I can attest to the shadow he can cast over the rest of the best.

But again, that second time — the second of two runner-up finishes for Tiger in Minnesota — was almost a decade ago. His pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors was already at 14 by then, and reaching it seemed like an inevitability.

It’s hard to say what was more stunning: the fact that Woods just reached 15 on Sunday, or that he did it at all. Tiger did his part. Moli­nari and others obliged.

The drama was worth the wait, even if it meant Tiger was the one who so often failed along the way.

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Those whose only commentary about soccer is to mock the sport for its 1-0 final scores were awfully silent after Minnesota United opened Allianz Field with a 3-3 draw on Saturday in front of 19,000-plus enthusiastic fans. If it seems like a lot of goals now, just wait until the concrete settles.

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If you’re tracking Wild players traded midyear since the local team didn’t make the playoffs this year, it was a mixed bag this weekend.

Charlie Coyle scored the first goal of the game for the Bruins as they defeated Toronto 4-1 to even that series 1-1. Mikael Granlund didn’t have a point for Nashville, but he logged more than 16 minutes of ice time in an overtime win over Dallas, which evened that series 1-1. But Nino Niederreiter was a minus-2 for Carolina, which lost to Washington and trails that series 2-0.

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And if you’re tracking Jimmy Butler: He scored 36 points to lead the 76ers, but Philadelphia was upset 111-102 in Game 1 of its series with Brooklyn on Saturday. It is interesting, though, that Butler didn’t notch a single assist. He had only one such game in each of the past three regular seasons combined.

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Minnesota Duluth has now won three of the past nine NCAA men’s hockey championships after claiming its second in a row on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Massachusetts.

No other program has more than one in that span, so I guess we know where the seat of power in college hockey rests.

The NCHC has claimed the past four championships, with Denver and North Dakota preceding UMD.