Charl Schwartzel wins Masters

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

27 comments Add your comment


April 10th, 2011
4:31 pm

Show them Tiger what you are working with. You can do it. Keep on going.


April 10th, 2011
5:00 pm

Wow…Rory’s epic flopping collapse has to be one of the biggest chokes in the history of sports!


April 10th, 2011
5:09 pm

Give the 21 year old a break would you? TD bet you never led 3 rounds of the Masters at 21.
Tiger could learn some manners from Rory. Tiger acts like the world should just open up to him.
He definitely needs to grow up.

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April 10th, 2011
5:51 pm

Schwartzel wins the Green Jacket! And btw, it’s too late for Tiger Woods to learn any manners.


April 10th, 2011
5:52 pm

No Tiger

April 10th, 2011
5:53 pm

Thank goodness Tiger lost

Im sick of having to hear about him


April 10th, 2011
5:58 pm

What manners was Tiger supposed to learn today? All he did was play golf. Quit whining and crying – no one can do right by some of you fans. It’s always something. Just enjoy the competition for a change!

No Tiger

April 10th, 2011
6:08 pm


Go home and cry like CBS and ESPN because your life hero did not win

Mid Ga Retiree`

April 10th, 2011
6:12 pm

Let me guess…the news media will spend five minutes on the winner and three months on the loser (Tiger). I’m not a real big fan of golf but my attitude has been “anybody but Tiger!”

No Tiger

April 10th, 2011
6:31 pm

Mid Ga Retiree

You hit the nail on the head

Peachtree Pete

April 10th, 2011
6:34 pm

Fascinating ending! That kid from S. Africa earned it, the hard way!

The Ghost of Sam Snead

April 10th, 2011
6:38 pm

I wasn’t watching, but the pancake house waitresses on Washington Road are all crying in their aprons….so I guess Tigger lost today?

everybody loves greg

April 10th, 2011
6:38 pm

Tiger is pure A#@. what was that interview he gave after he walked off 18? he could have answered the questions, which were all appropriate and could have been a lot tougher. what did he do? he chose to again act like he doesn’t owe the people that pay his salary anything. What a jerk!

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Real Golf Fan

April 10th, 2011
7:34 pm

Tiger Woods used to be a great golfer. Now he’s an also ran. But he was, and always will be a jerk.


April 10th, 2011
7:34 pm

Its always about Tiger. He is so yesterday.


April 10th, 2011
8:05 pm

Furman Bisher said he’s only seen other golfer end up other there: Bobby Jones. You mean “over” there.


April 10th, 2011
8:09 pm

Wow, hey TD the biggest choke in history is the one you had when you finally hit the hole in one on tiger woods golf 2011. 21 year old kid who is one of the best golfers in the world has a meltdown. Happens to us all. But what does not happen to us all is that we choose to have class and Rory has class. I was there watching him hit that shot, I saw the look on his face after he hit. You know what he did not do? THROW CLUBS, CUSS, AND ACT LIKE A FIRST CLASS JERK LIKE YOUR HERO TIGER AND ALL HIS CLASSLESS FANS. give the kid a break.

Dr. Phil

April 10th, 2011
8:11 pm

It was an exciting ending. The enthusiasm and sportsmanship of those young men was refreshing. Tiger behaved like an adolescent, as usual. I believe that the public would be happy if announcers and writers just avoided him.


April 10th, 2011
8:27 pm

The fascination with Mr. Woods continues – why I don’t know. Of the 25 pictures in one of these albums – 7 were of Tiger Woods, one of the leader for three days. He is a talented man but bad for golf and not the player to be highlighted in the self proclaimed sport of gentlemen. TMZ golf continues.


April 10th, 2011
8:31 pm

Finally, an African that doesn’t act like an ape wins!!! Refreshing to see this win today!


April 10th, 2011
8:32 pm

Honestly, people who talk about Tiger…it is like you don’t “cheer” on someone that you favor; some of you think he is still a child; others are sick of hearing about him. Grow up, people…if you all think about acting as a child…some of you don’t even react to anything that is fun and exciting. Some of you who are tired of hearing about him? Hey, that’s supports…I get tired of hearing about some of these bozo’s in other sports…making the big bucks…and whine because they can’t make enough! This is part of news…part of the world of sports…and yes, Tiger has his imperfections…hell, we all do! He is trying…going on with his life…and attempting to make something, again, out of his life. I know some of you people…you are not perfect either…and need to grow up as well! There are some people who are just jerks and never grow up. EOS

Tiger Declawed

April 10th, 2011
8:34 pm

Finally, the true end of the Tiger era. Awesome.


April 10th, 2011
9:09 pm

state of golf

this was the worst choke job that I’ve seen in a long time. This is worse than Watneys and Dustin JOhnsons 80 in the final round. Mcilroy is going to be another sergio. If your nerves are this bad at 21, how are you going to compete in the future. Like Dustin Johnson, he’ll contend again but he’ll never win a Major. Alot of hype for a kid who has 2 wins.

of these young golfers, only Jason Day and Kaymer have the mettle to be multiple major winners. Fowler and Mcilroy are contrived sideshows – pure hype. Shwartzel had a great final 4 hole but we won’t see him in the hunt again. Philly Mick may have another year in him and Tiger has another strong 6 years in him.


April 11th, 2011
3:07 pm

Agreed. Tiger is still the “L’enfant terrible” of the game. The one memory of him that stands out is the time he missed a put and took a chunk out the green. And that was near the pin. Nothing was said about it. I can’t recall ever seeing a professional golfer ever doing something like that. Can you imagine Ben Hogan’s reaction to that if he was still in his prime?