Charl Schwartzel birdied Nos. 15, 16, 17 and 18 to reach 14 under and win the Masters on Sunday. His win comes on the 50th anniversary of Gary Player’s historic victory.
Adam Scott and Jason Day, who birdied 18, tied for second at 12 under. Scott saved par on 17 after putting his drive into a bunker on 7 to stay atop the leader board.
Tiger Woods, Luke Donald and Geoff Ogilvy finished 10 under.
But this tournament may be remembered for what happened to third-round leader Rory McIlroy, who had a meltdown that will be remembered for ages.
He surrendered his third-round lead with a triple-bogey 7 on No. 10. He followed with a bogey on 11 and a four-putt double-bogey on 12. He also bogeyed No. 16.
McIlroy’s errant tee shot on No. 10 landed between two of the cabins that line the left side of the fairway, dozens of yards away from the fairway. Furman Bisher said he’s only seen other golfer end up other there: Bobby Jones. McIlroy punched out and his third shot missed badly left. His fourth shot from the second cut hit a tree and ricocheted sideways back into the rough. His fifth shot was a chip onto the green and his sixth stroke, a putt, was long.
It brings to mind Greg Norman and his epic collapse in 1996. On that day, Norman had a six-stroke lead over Nick Faldo, only for the Shark to shoot a 78 and Faldo to tie the course record with a 63. He won by five.
Woods dropped from the lead after missing a short par putt at No. 12. He had moved into a tie for the lead with McIlroy, the third-round leader, after birdieing Nos. 2 and 3, 6 and 7 with an eagle at 8 and to reach 10 under for the tournament before his three-putt mistake at No. 12. Woods closed the gap by smashing a roping draw up the hill on No. 8 that he played off the mounds to the right of the green and rolled to the back left corner. Woods buried the eagle putt, his first of the tournament.
Schwartzel eagled No. 3 with a seeing-eye iron that landed in the middle of the green and tracked to the hole. That followed an unbelievable chipped-in birdie on No. 1. He badly missed the green to the right, and chipped it all the way back across for the 3. He bogeyed No. 4.
– Doug Roberson, AJC