Charl Schwartzel Wins The Masters
By mustang6560 on 4/11/11
Charles Schwartzel maneuvered his way through the crowded leaderboard Sunday afternoon to win The Masters and his first major championship.

The final round featured a surging Tiger Woods, an international leaderboard, a complete let down from 54-hole leader Rory McIlroy and a first time Masters champion. All in all, it made for a fantastic finish at Augusta.
On an amazing Sunday at Augusta National, where the roars came from everywhere and for everyone and didn't stop until it was over, Schwartzel emerged from the madness by becoming the first Masters champion to close with four straight birdies.

His final putt from 20 feet curled into the side of the cup for a 6-under 66, the best closing round at the Masters in 22 years. It gave the 26-year-old South African a two-shot victory over Australians Adam Scott and Jason Day.
I was driving home yesterday during the first part of the final round so I was forced to watch the leaderboard update on my iPhone. Who knew an iPhone app could be so exciting?

Tiger Woods opened his round shooting a five-under 31 on the front nine including a miraculous par save on hole nine. For a moment in time, I thought Tiger was going to set a new course record at Augusta and win The Masters because he hadn't even reach the "scoring" holes yet. When he missed his eagle putt on hole 15, I knew he was going to come up just short.

I got home just in time to see Rory McIlory hit his tee shot on hole 10 in between two cabins, which ended up being the beginning of the end for the young Northern Irishman. It was really hard to watch him implode on the final 9 holes. He had done such a great job maintain his wits heading into the back nine at Augusta, but he just couldn't quite hang on.

For a moment, it looked like there may be a five-way playoff to decide The Masters. Everyone including Bo Van Pelt, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Geoff Ogilvy and Luke Donald made a run at the championship. But in the end, Schwartzel held off a surging field finishing with four birdies. Talk about closing strong!

I thoroughly enjoyed watching The Masters. I must admit though, I was rooting for Rory. I wanted to see a wire-to-wire victory for the 21 year old. If the first major of the year set the tone for the other three majors to come, I can't wait!

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birdieXris says:
I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I think this was one of the best finishes i've seen yet! Watching anyone implode like Rory did is just painful. just before he started the downward slide, i could recall in my head the words he said last year: "yea i think Tiger is very beatable right now. I'd like to play him" How great would that have been to get the two of them in a playoff for the green jacket?! not to be. Well, there's other years i guess. :)
dartboss04 says:
definitely the best finish i've seen in a while...if tiger putt better this week, i think the field would have been in trouble...this is the first time in a long time i've seen some pep in his step...

awesome finish by schwartzel...before the last few holes (donald, scott, day, van pelt, ogilvie all making a move), it seemed like everyone was just trying to hang on versus trying to go out and actually grab the jacket...

it was nice to see someone actually win versus sucking the least in the end...
Kickntrue says:
@birdie- agree on Rory. Painful. I just hope it wasn't demoralizing beyond a short time. That quickly went from being a "life lesson" to a true humiliating event. A young psyche no matter how mature-seeming has to be beat up a good bit. I'm not implying at all that Rory won't be what we all think he could be- but it has to set him back a bit.

Great finish. Wish Tiger could've made it into the clubhouse at -12. To go even on the back was bad- especially missing two 3-footers. At -12 in the clubhouse- with his name being posted on the leaderboard- you can't just assume Charl still ends up at -14.
dartboss04 says:
@kickntrue - completely agree on tiger...he had to post -12 or -13 to really put pressure on those guys...there's a difference between making a birdie to put you ahead versus needing to make a birdie to tie and stay in it...
mmontisano says:
Rory wasn't the only one to wilt under pressure. Tiger was tied for the lead going into the back nine with a legitimate chance to win, but the wheels came off and he could only manage a even par on the back. the Tiger of yore is NOT the same person we saw yesterday.

and i really hope Rory shakes this off and comes back strong. his swing is too pretty to not win major championships.
Backquak says:
I was thinking all day yesterday that if Rory could have been paired with a slower player instead of Cabrera, it could have helped him slow things down, he seemed like he was rushing into every shot and especially the putts. Oh Well, he will get the US Open or The Open, I think he will win a major this year.
SilverSliver says:
Feel bad for Rory... Played like a champion for three days... didn't finish like one.
Banker85 says:
Ya i think everyone felt for Rory but he will have his time in the sun.
@mustang, I thought the same thing about Tiger breaking records that day, I was watching with my wife and when he made the par putt on 9 i told her he is going to set the course record, eagle 13 and 15 (becoming the first to eagle 3 holes in 1 round at the Masters) win during his longest drought on tour and his longest major drought as well. I thought the planets were all aligned in Tiger's favor but NO!!! Oh well it was a great week of golf. I cant wait for the US open!
dottomm says:
Lets not forget Rory is only a kid. Not a Master. Yet. He'll get his green jacket. Probably a few. The Golf gods insist you earn it the hard way. Tiger was gifted early and is now paying the piper.
KVSmith59 says:
bummed I was working and couldn't watch it. Got to listen to it via podcast on my android though, and even on the phone it was pretty exciting. Major melt down by Rory...couldn't believe what I was hearing.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Here's my question for all of you: Who had the bigger meltdown, Norman in 1996 or Rory on Sunday?
Clint24 says:
I was pulling for Rory the whole time, and it was terribly tough to watch him. I just wanted to give the kid a hug!! But he held himself together greatly; I wouldv'e been crying my eyes out if I just lost the Masters like that.
Backquak says:
Norman, cause he was a well seasoned player at the time, he should have been able to handle the pressure. Rory gets a pass cause he's just a kid.
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