Sunday at The Masters is known for its roars, incredible performances and wild finishes. The 2011 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club was no exception as players were shifting around the leaderboard so fast, the operators of the old-fashioned boards at Augusta were waging a futile battle to keep up. Tiger Woods made his Sunday run, Rory McIlroy fell flat and Charl Schwartzel became the unlikely victory after a blazing-hot final four holes.
Schwartzel's charge was the stuff dreams were made of as he birdied the last four holes to take a two shot win over Adam Scott and Jason Day, who had hot finishes of their own. Schwartzel came out on fire, dropping a lengthy, near-impossible chip on the first hole for birdie before sinking his approach on No. 3 for an eagle two. When the day was done, Schwartzel had a 66 on the card, sat at 14-under for the tournament and was wearing a brand-new green jacket.
Fred Couples, our local rooting interest here in Seattle, had a tough day and was never able to mount a serious charge to finish his 2011 Masters campaign. Couples finished with two bogeys and no birdies on the front nine, and only birdied the par three 16th to card a final round 73, dropping him to 4-under for the tournament. He did, however, finish in a tie for 15th, earning a sizable paycheck and showing the world he's still got it, especially at Augusta.
And then there was McIlroy, the unflappable 22-year-old who looked to be a lock heading into the final round. His day started all kinds of wrong and got even worse at the turn as he carded a seven on the par four 10th to knock himself out of contention. A final round 80 left McIlroy reeling after a near-perfect three days at Augusta in what had to be a heartbreaking day.