AUGUSTA, GA (Sports Network) – Charl Schwartzel of South Africa birdied his last four holes Sunday to earn his first major championship on a wild Sunday at the Masters.
Schwartzel, who holed out from off the green twice, shot a six-under 66 and won by two over Australians Adam Scott (67) and Jason Day (68). The South African finished at 14-under 274 to don the green jacket at Augusta National.
The margin of victory may have been two, but this was a close, intensely competitive final round. Eight different players held a piece of the lead on Sunday, but the group was headlined, thanks to an awesome run, by Tiger Woods.
He made the turn in 31 and found himself tied for the lead, but came up a little too short. Woods didn’t birdie the par-five 13th and hit an amazing second to four feet at the par-five 15th, but lipped out the eagle putt.
Woods didn’t make another birdie on his way in, but posted a five-under 67 to share fourth place at minus-10. Geoff Ogilvy birdied five in a row from the 12th for a 67 and Luke Donald chipped in for birdie at the last for a 69 to join Woods in fourth.
Former winner Angel Cabrera managed a one-under 71 and came in seventh at nine-under par.
It was a painful final round for the third-round leader Rory McIlroy. He hit a horrendous tee shot at the 10th and things fell apart from there. McIlroy, who was one ahead on 10, triple-bogeyed the hole and finished with an 80 on Sunday. He tied for 15th at four-under 284.
Last year’s winner Phil Mickelson shot a two-over 74 on Sunday and tied for 27th at one-under par.