Charl Schwartzel holds off Aussies to win 2011 US Masters by two shots.
The 2011 US Masters was one of the closest in memory. At one stage early on the back nine, at least 10 golfers were within two shots of the lead but ultimately Charl Schwartzel was left standing.
Schwartzel chipped in on the first for birdie, holed out for eagle on the third and produced one of the great finishes in US Masters history. He birdied the final four holes to claim the green jacket including a majestically played 18th hole.
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Schwartzel is only 26 but has the poise of a 40 year old. He joins fellow South Africans, Gary Player and Trevor Immelman to claim the US Masters.
Rory McIlroy imploded on the 10th hole. He pulled a drive left into the trees and ended up making a triple-bogey. He surrendered his lead and finished with an 80.
Three Aussies did their best to be the first to claim the green jacket. Geoff Ogilvy got his putter going for the first time all week to roll in four birdies in a row on the back nine and finished in a tie for fourth at 10-under.
Jason Day and Adam Scott, paired together for the final round, played some great golf and did everything they could to win it. The curse of Augusta proved too strong for the Aussie contingent in the end. They didn’t lose the tournament, they were just outplayed by Schwartzel.