A Stroll Down Magnolia Lane: Rory Rolls And Schwartzel Soars

Few Masters Tournaments have been more dramatic than the 2011 edition, where in any one of eight players could have won.

Relive the drama here:

Among the key actors during the final round at Augusta National were Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Geoff Ogilvy, K. J. Choi, Ángel Cabrera, Adam Scott, Jason Day and eventual winner Charl Schwartzel.

All of them led the tournament at some stage during the final 18 holes. Of all of them, the player who will be most disappointed by what transpired that fateful Sunday was McIlroy. He was the 54-hole leader in 2011 and held onto that lead after shooting 37 on the front nine.

McIlroy’s trip back in was one that very few in the golfing fraternity will ever forget – he certainly won’t stop living the nightmare of triple bogey on 10 and the double bogey he carded at 12. Just two holes destroyed what could have been a historic victory for the Irishman.

The Woods campaign was quite the opposite that day, after he started the final round seven shots back. The American carded a 31 on the front nine – which included tying the lead at eight. His tournament also unravelled at 12, where he carded a bogey. Then he missed a five-foot eagle opportunity at 15.

Several players shot low on Sunday that year, the but the star of the show was Schwartzel, who carded a remarkable 66 to finish the tournament on 14-under, two strokes clear of Day and Scott.

His chip in for birdie at one sent a strong signal of things to come. However, it is the eagle at three that was the strongest sign yet that this could be a golf round for the ages – and it was capped by four consecutive birdies from 15-18.


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