The 2011 version of the Masters was an epic and entertaining addition to the history books. The six players who finished in the top 4 spots all shot 3 under or better on day 4 as they climbed up the leaderboard. Rory McIlroy began the day as tournament leader with a -12, but shot a +8 and finished tied for 15th at -4. The young Irishman’s collapse started with a tee shot on the 10th that ended up in the cabins. He would end up with a triple bogey on that hole and followed it up with a bogey and a double bogey on 11 and 12. While McIlroy faded, the others surged.
At one point, there were ten golfers in the running for first. Tiger Woods was one of them. Tiger finished tied for 4th at -10, while shooting a -5 on the day. Woods’ A-game was back, but he faltered on 15 with a chance for eagle and the overall lead. After an amazing second shot, Woods missed the putt for eagle, settled for birdie and would par out the rest of the course for a 67.
Through all the madness, South African Charl Schwartzel came out victorious. The 26-year old shot a -6 on the day and -14 for the tourney and birdied his last four holes to win the Green Jacket. It was his first major win in the PGA and a great start to what could be a long and successful career. Aussie pair, Jason Day and Adam Scott finished tied for second (-12), while Geoff Ogilvy (made 5 straight birdies at one point) and Luke Donald tied with Tiger Woods for a share of fourth place (-10).